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Hello fellow acne sufferers! Well, I have been talking a bit on this board about "The acne cure" book by Dr. Dubrow, and I am going to change my plan today. I woke up today with VERY dry, flaky skin. I have been doing pretty well, the jojoba oil has been helping tremendously, but I think the benzoyl peroxide has outdone what jojoba can do. I was very sad to find myself so dry, which then meansI have to take a couple days off from the program, which in turn produces more acne again and is self-defeating. I have read a lot about the supposedly link between tea tree oil and acne, and I did a little bit of research today on the internet and found that in most sources, 5% TTO (tea tree oil) was found to be as effective as 5% BP (benzoyl peroxide) but with far fewer side effects like dryness, redness, etc. The one drawback is that TTO seems to have a longer onset, it takes longer to begin working. But heck, I am willing to try it if I can avoid this icky dryness.
I read that more than a 5% concentration, even up to 20% would be more beneficial for acne, and that a gel-based formation would be better than what tea tree oil is in pure form- an OIL. I used TTO years back and it seemed to work alright, but I wasn't actively watching it's progress. It does have a VERY strong smell, but that would also be great for clearing up sinuses if you have a cold- which is actually a recommended use, as well as for cuts, ringworm, dandruff, even warts (controversial).

Anyways, I am going try to find a TTO gel, but if not I know plenty of places that have it in it's normal oil form.

I am hoping this will work. I am going to put TTO in place of BP in my acnecure regimen. I will update my progress on here for anyone who is interested. Also, I have read more and more great research on glycolic acid and will definitely keep that in my program, along with the cold! :) One site even said that glycolic acid will eventually become a basic treatment for acne, recommended just like other classic remedies.

Has anyone else had great success with TTO?

good luck!

[This message has been edited by Oinkie (edited 07-07-2003).]
tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic. it's famous for its healing and antibacterial properties, and yes, it works for acne. takes a little longer than benzoyl peroxide, minus the skin irritation. always choose those diluted to certain percentage, do not use 100% tea tree oil on ur spot because it can cause dryness and irritation worst than BP cream. i've experienced that. personally, i like the tea tree oil from body shop. for BP cream, i am using neutrogena on the spot acne treatment. it contains 2.5% BP, so it won't irritate ur skin so much, and it actually works better than those 5% or 10% BP cream.
hey guys ... I use a Benzoyl Peroxide Gel made by DDF (Doctors Dermatologic Formula) that contains both 5 % Benzoyl Peroxide and Tea Tree Oil in a water based gel formula ... you can actually smell the tea tree oil when you put it on ... very gentle, non irritating gel ... kinda expensive at $19.00 for a 2 oz. tube but it works well :)
Well, it's been about a week and I have regressed back into pre-cyst acne. Right when I went off of the Benzoyl Peroxide treatment and "rested" for a couple of days, I awoke to a nose that was disgustingyly rashy, bumpy, and there were at least 15 whiteheads just on my nose/cheek area! icky icky! I was sad, thinking that I was never going to find a remedy and have to go to the dermatologist which I DO NOT want to do.. well, I then started the tea tree oil treatment, I replaced it for benzoyl peroxide in "the acne cure" book treatment I have posted on here before about. Now I am starting to see slow healing like I did around this time during my last treatment, so I am excited! Hopefully it will work! I haven't been able to find any diluted TTO products at a 10-20%, so I just put a 2-3 drops of jojoba oil on my fingers, and then 2-3 drops of TTO, so it is approximatey a 50% concentration. I do notice a slight burning sensation when I apply the TTO/JO mixture, unlike when I would apply the Benzoyl Peroxide, but I notice incredible tinging during the ice treatment with the TTO/JO that I never felt to this degree with the BP! So I take that as a sign that it's working! I still am having whiteheads, but no red cysts! I will update again in a week if anyone cares to know how it's going- happy acne fighting to you all!

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