What Causes Acne
Before we learn about the benefits of tea tree oil, let's talk about acne. All types of acne - blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples - are caused from the same thing. Dead skin cells, excess oil, and bacteria get trapped in the pore in the skin. Left untreated, the bacteria grows and a blemish forms on your skin.
Tea Tree Oil Benefits
Derived from the plant called Melaleuca alternifolia, the oil has been used topically for 100s of years to heal skin conditions. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, and it is said to kill bacteria and fungus. The essential oil can reduce the appearance of both inflamed and noninflamed acne, so it is also great for whiteheads and blackheads.
Tea tree oil soap is also great for athlete's foot because it can kill the fungus that causes the condition.
How to Make Tea Tree Oil Soap
Want to try making your own tea tree oil soap? Here are several recipes to get you started!
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Soap Recipe from Soap Deli. This is an excellent recipe for men or teenage boys because of the scent, but it would definitely work for women too.
Tea Tree Oil and Orange Soap Recipe from Nature's Home Spa. This soap is made in a Crock Pot and uses orange essential oil and clay.
Activated Charcoal Tea Tree Oil Soap also from Soap Deli. I really like the combination of charcoal and tea tree oil for my oily skin.
Tea Tree Oil Soap Recipe from Soap Making Resources. They give you step by step directions and a video. You can also purchase a kit for this recipe.
Not ready to tackle CP or HP soap with lye? Follow my instructions for melt and pour soap and add 1-2 tablespoons tea tree oil per pound of soap base.
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