I apply tea tree oil full strength on my acne and find it works better than the chemical products the dermatologists used to prescribe me. I just put it directly on the pimple and then rub it around my whole face to prevent acne. I do this at least once a day to keep the acne away. It has necrotic properties that help eat dead skin, making it a great exfoliant. Since skin types vary, test tea tree oil on a very small area of your skin before using it.

Valerie Ann Worwood states in her book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, that “the antiseptic action of tea tree oil is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid—and yet is nonpoisonous to humans!” [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, Novato, CA: New World Library, 1991.] I find this extremely interesting because in the Chemical Dictionary under carbolic acid it says “See phenol.” Under phenol, under derivation, it states: “treating the coal-tar oil fraction boiling between 170 and 230 degrees C, with caustic soda to form phenolate.” [Condensed Chemical Dictionary, p. 847.] This is a pretty serious disinfectant. The dictionary further defines “phenol coefficient [as a] method used to determine the effectiveness of a disinfectant using phenol as a standard of comparison. The phenol coefficient is obtained by dividing the highest dilution of the test disinfectant by the highest dilution of phenol which sterilizes a given culture of bacteria under standard conditions of time and temperature.” [Condensed Chemical Dictionary, p. 848.] Suffice it to say that tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant!

It is amazing that it can be so powerful and yet completely non-caustic. When I first began my company, I had some tea tree oil on my hands when I picked up a silk-screened bottle. A few minutes later when I looked at the label, the silk-screened letters on the bottle were jumbled and rearranged. Interestingly, they were not smudged or messy, just completely rearranged. The tea tree oil somehow removed the adhesive without ruining the letters!

Tea tree oil kills bacteria, disinfects, and is beneficial to any kind of skin affliction such as bites, itching, infections, burns, cuts, and even open wounds. For very sensitive skin, it may have to be diluted, and not everyone appreciates the scent. Tea tree oil is perfect for creams, cleansers, astringents, facial tonics, and most important, acne products.

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