Tea Tree Oil is effective because it is naturally antibacterial. Derived from Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Australia, tea tree oil contains terpinene-4-ol. This property has antibacterial and anti-yeast properties

“Tea tree oil has been found to have antimicrobial effects against Cutibacterium acnes, a type of bacteria that is found in healthy normal skin, but one that’s also known to be involved in the formation of acne.” Cosmetic Chemist Bri Muhammad explains. This is why tea tree oil has been shown to reduce acne, especially inflamed red bumps. Additionally, there have also been studies that suggest that tea tree oil is beneficial in clearing up non-inflammatory blackheads and whiteheads, as well. Research also shows tea tree oil triggers the activity of white blood cells, which are key in the healing process.

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