Tea tree oil is a type of essential oil that's found in the Paperbark tree. This magical oil has the ability to heal many things... but can it heal acne scars? And if it can't, what is it good for?
Many people around the internet claim that tea tree oil is an effective acne scar cure. I'm going to be blunt here and say that tea tree oil isn't an effective treatment for scarring. While it's a potent essential oil, I've used it since I was a toddler (well, I didn't use it myself at that age!) for a number of different applications. You see, tea tree oil is a very effective anti-septic (that is, it helps to kill germs). If you've cut yourself, tea tree oil can be a fantastic way to help deal with infection and help the cut to heal faster. I highly recommend it for this purpose.
You can even use tea tree oil to help heal raw acne. Dab some boiling hot water onto the zit with a face cloth (whilst being very careful) and then use a cotton bud soaked in tea tree oil to help heal the acne. It's a very efficient way to treat acne. This works because the hot water opens up the acne, and releases the toxins and the chemicals that make the zit form. The tea tree oil then has the access to kill all of that nastiness, and the zit vanishes. Trust me when I say I have used this technique for years to treat any out breaks and it works brilliantly.
But I have seen no evidence to suggest that tea tree oil can help to heal acne scars. You'd be a lot better off using an essential oil such as lavender or rosehip to treat your scars. There are a lot of great acne scar home remedies that do work, and while you're more then welcome to give tea tree oil a shot, please don't expect it to do anything other then sting a bit.
But of course, keep a bottle of tea tree oil in the house somewhere since it is such a good way of dealing with cuts and other injuries. I suppose it can even help prevent future acne scarring since it's so effective at dealing with raw acne. Just try not to waste your time with it if you're wanting to reduce the appearance of your acne scarring.
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