Tea tree oil is an essential oil with antibacterial properties which can be used topically to improve: athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, dandruff and acne. Tea tree oil is often referred to as melaleuca oil in beauty products. The oil is derived by steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. It is often found in soaps, deodorants, and lotions as it is a highly effective natural ingredient. There is anecdotal evidence (meaning people say, but there is no scientific proof yet) tea tree oil helps with bad breath as well.
We put tea tree oil in our blissani Naturals Clear Face Wash for its acne-fighting properties, so that is our focus. The scientific evidence for the effectiveness of tea tree oil is strong. While we would caution, there is still no cure for acne, some ingredients are more effective than others. The following quote is from the study : “A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne”
…We have performed a single-blind, randomised clinical trial on 124 patients to evaluate the efficacy and skin tolerance of 5% tea-tree oil gel in the treatment of mild to moderate acne when compared with 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion. The results of this study showed that both 5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients' acne by reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions (open and closed comedones), although the onset of action in the case of tea-tree oil was slower. Encouragingly, fewer side effects were experienced by patients treated with tea-tree oil.
Benzoyl Peroxide works similar to tea tree oil. It is an antibacterial. Like tea tree oil, it attacks bacteria which clogs pores, causing swelling and redness. Both tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide work against acne by removing dead skin which also clogs pores, causing irritation and acne. However, some people find benzoyl peroxide dries out or irritates their skin. This causes them to seek a vegan-friendly alternative to help. So, it’s nice to know at least one major study showed it’s just as effective.
We formulated our vegan skincare line with the most effective natural ingredients we can find. They may not always be the most well known, but tea tree oil is getting its due popularity these days. It’s great to see it in the grocery store. Being popular doesn’t mean it’s not cool anymore. We included it in our vegan-friendly, cruelty-free blissani Naturals Anti-Acne Face Wash. Its an all-natural formula which blends into a gentle foaming lather of tea tree oil, rosehip, red clover, marigold, aloe and 14 clean plant extracts which even skin tone, while eliminating impurities, dirt, and dulling dead cells. It’s the easy way to put tea tree oil on your face everyday.