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10 Effective Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil For Rosacea

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10 Effective Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil For Rosacea May 14, 2018

Allergies, rashes, minor cuts, and burns – tea tree oil is an extremely handy antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil that can treat all our skin issues. And it is also helpful in controlling rosacea. If you are wondering how, read on.

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Rosacea: The Condition And Its Symptoms

Rosacea is a skin condition that is marked by redness on the skin, especially on the face, usually on the nose and cheeks. But it can spread to other parts of the face, including the eyelids. The American Academy of Dermatology Association says that those with the tendency to blush much easily are vulnerable to this condition (1).

It is mainly caused and aggravated by factors that increase the flow of blood to your face. For instance, cosmetics, hot drinks, sun exposure, drugs (that dilate your blood vessels), and emotions may cause blushing. Anyone may develop this condition, but certain factors increase the vulnerability, such as:

  • Fair skin
  • Sun damage
  • Age (people who are in their 30s are at risk)
  • Smoking
  • A family history of rosacea

The symptoms of rosacea include:

  • Redness around cheeks and nose (a persistent blush)
  • Extremely sensitive skin that readily reacts to skin care products and sun exposure
  • Swollen red bumps on the face or pimples
  • Burning sensation on the face
  • Rough and dry skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Bulbous nose. This is more common in men than women. The skin around the nose becomes thick and thus appears bulbous.
  • Eye issues, such as irritation in the eyes, swollen eyelids (if the condition gets severe, it may spread to the eyelids as well), and dryness in the eyes.

This is not a curable condition, but with proper treatment, you can easily control the flare-ups. Tea tree oil can be helpful in controlling the condition.

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Tea Tree Oil For Rosacea: Is It Helpful?

Tea tree oil has been found to be helpful in controlling and eliminating Demodex mites (2). Demodex is a genus of mites that live in our skin. There are two species, namely Demodex folliculorum (that lives in hair follicles), and Demodex brevis (that lives in our sebaceous glands). Demodex folliculorum is usually found in large numbers on the skin of people suffering from rosacea.

Another study found that tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol, an ingredient that can kill Demodex mites (3).

There hasn’t been much research on the effectiveness of tea tree oil in controlling rosacea (caused by any other reason other than excess Demodex activity), but it has been helpful in treating similar skin issues.

Here is how you can use tea tree oil for rosacea treatment.

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10 Effective And Natural Treatments For Rosacea Using Tea Tree Oil

  1. Tea Tree Oil Wipes
  2. Tea Tree Oil And Coconut Oil Night Cream
  3. Tea Tree And Lavender Essential Oils
  4. Tea Tree Oil And Olive Oil Face Cream
  5. Tea Tree Oil And Honey Face Mask
  6. Tea Tree Oil And Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Tea Tree Oil And Almond Oil
  8. Tea Tree And Jojoba Oils
  9. Tea Tree Oil Moisturizer
  10. Tea Tree Oil And Oatmeal

1. Tea Tree Oil Wipes

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You Will Need
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 tablespoon calendula oil
  • ¼ cup aloe vera gel
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients and store in a glass jar.
  2. Take a cotton pad and pour some of the mixture on it.
  3. Wipe your entire face or just the affected area with it.
Why This Works

Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory. It calms down the inflammation and promotes healing.

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2. Tea Tree Oil And Coconut Oil Night Cream

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup unrefined coconut oil (do not melt the coconut oil)
  • 8-10 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the tea tree oil to the coconut oil.
  2. Mix well and store in a jar.
  3. Apply it to the affected area and leave it on overnight.
  4. Wash it off the next day.
Why This Works

Along with tea tree oil, coconut oil also helps in fighting the rosacea mites. It also keeps the skin moisturized and soothes irritation.

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3. Tea Tree And Lavender Essential Oils

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You Will Need
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 8 drops lavender oil
  • ½ cup jojoba oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Pour the jojoba oil in a glass bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils to it and mix well.
  3. Apply the blend to your face and the affected area with your fingers.
  4. Massage well.
  5. Leave it on for 30 minutes before washing off. You can also leave it on overnight and wash it off the next day.
Why This Works

Both tea tree and lavender oils have antiseptic properties. Lavender oil is extremely gentle on the skin. It helps in soothing the skin and moisturizes it without causing further irritation.

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4. Tea Tree Oil And Olive Oil Face Cream

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • ½ tablespoon hazelnut oil
  • ¾ tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 40 drops tea tree essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Simmer water in a pot.
  2. Pour all the ingredients (except the essential oil) in a glass and then place the glass in the simmering water.
  3. Let the wax and other ingredients melt and mix.
  4. Once it becomes creamy, remove from the heat and whisk for 5 minutes until it thickens.
  5. Add the essential oil and store it in a container.
  6. Apply it on the affected area or use as a cream.
Why This Works

Shea butter helps restore the moisture balance in your skin, thus reducing irritation and redness. Rose water and tea tree oil help in soothing redness and irritation, and the beeswax keeps the skin hydrated.

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5. Tea Tree Oil And Honey Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients well and apply the mixture to the entire face or just the affected area.
  2. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
Why This Works

Both honey and tea tree oil have antiseptic properties. They ease irritation, kill germs and bacteria, soothe itchiness and rashes, and moisturize the skin.

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6. Tea Tree Oil And Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 4 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 100 grams aloe vera gel
  • 2 drops castor oil
  • 2 drops geranium oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a container.
  2. Apply all over the face or just on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off.
Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar helps in maintaining the pH balance of the skin while geranium and tea tree essential oils have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing skin irritation.

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7. Tea Tree Oil And Almond Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend the two oils and massage gently on the affected area.
  2. Allow the skin to absorb the blend for at least 30 minutes and then wash off.
Why This Works

Almond oil and tea tree oil work like magic in healing irritated skin. The mixture moisturizes the skin, reduces dryness, and relieves redness.

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8. Tea Tree And Jojoba Oils

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • 2 drops argan oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the oils and apply the blend to the affected area.
  2. Massage it on your face and leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Wash it off.

Why This Works

Jojoba oil, along with tea tree and argan oils, helps in killing the rosacea mites and soothes your skin.

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9. Tea Tree Oil And Oatmeal

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You Will Need
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¾ cup coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Grind the oatmeal finely and add the coconut oil to it.
  2. If the coconut oil is too solid, melt it a bit.
  3. Add the other oils and mix well.
  4. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave it on until it dries and the oil is completely absorbed by your skin.
  5. Wash it off.
Why This Works

This mixture of oils and oatmeal has anti-inflammatory benefits. This face pack helps in reducing inflammation and redness caused by your skin condition.

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10. Tea Tree Oil Moisturizer

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You Will Need
  • Your favorite moisturizer
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil (per 30 mL of moisturizer)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the tea tree oil in your favorite moisturizer.
  2. Wash your face and pat it dry.
  3. Apply the moisturizer to your face and massage.
Why This Works

This mixture moisturizes your face and reduces inflammation. Tea tree oil helps in eliminating the mites causing rosacea and soothes your skin.

Let me make one thing clear: do not expect tea tree oil to cure rosacea. This condition is not curable, and you can only control the flare-ups. Also, before using anything on your skin, consult a doctor.

Using essential oils on your skin can be a bit tricky. They work wonders for some, and may not work at all for others. So, before you apply tea tree oil to your skin, consider these points.

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Things To Consider Before Using Tea Tree Oil On Your Skin

  • If you have sensitive skin, tea tree oil may cause skin irritation. In case you experience a burning sensation and if it hurts at the site where you applied it, wash it off immediately.
  • In case you are taking any oral medication or using any ointment for treating your condition, consult the dermatologist before applying tea tree oil. This is because you cannot use certain topical medicines along with tea tree oil.
  • Always dilute the tea tree oil. Do not use it directly on your face.
  • Never swallow tea tree oil. It is meant for topical application and not for consumption.

Rosacea is very responsive to the right treatment. So, follow the treatment options listed in this article to ease your condition. Also, check your lifestyle and cut down on stress as it often aggravates inflammation.

Let me know how your skin feels after using the treatment options mentioned above. You can leave your feedback in the box below.

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