The Healing Power of Tea Tree Oil
I recently ran out of my 5% benzoyl peroxide, so I've been using this tea tree oil I purchased from The Body Shop a while back to battle my breakouts. I recall the sales rep explaining to me that this could be used as an emergency zit zapper. In other words, although the benzoyl peroxide is great for continued use, the tea tree oil can be used to zap a zit that decides to rear its ugly head at the most inopportune time. Now, I can't say that it causes my zits to disappear instantly, but it is great at reducing inflammation overnight.
I really dislike the smell of tea tree oil, which is why I don't use it often, but I must say that it contains a lot of healing properties. I use it to zap zits and my husband uses it to battle razor bumps. In addition to being a great skin care item, it is also good as an ingredient for scalp treatments, as it can help relieve a dry, itchy scalp.
For more information on tea tree oil's amazing healing properties, check out the following article on About.com titled, "Tea Tree Oil."