Your bathroom cabinet may be fully stocked with skin-loving essences, serums and creams, but if you’ve struggled to find a truly effective solution for blemishes – be it the occasional rogue pimple or an all-too-familiar cluster of angry hormonal acne – you’re not alone.
Enter: tea tree oil. The natural skincare product beloved by future princess Meghan Markle (she once told Allure she simply “cannot live without” it), tea tree oil is the budget beauty buy no bathroom cabinet is complete without. This is why.
1/ It’s completely natural
If you’re looking to reduce your chemical load, swapping to natural skincare is an excellent place to start. Tea tree oil is extracted from the tea tree (surprise!), so it contains no synthetic nasties or added extras. In the case of local brand Thursday Plantation, the tea trees are grown in northern New South Wales, so you have the added bonus of using an Australian-made product.
2/ It’s antibacterial
One of the reasons tea tree oil works so well on blemish-prone skin is that it’s naturally antibacterial. Applied topically, tea tree oil penetrates deep into the skin to dry out spots and prevent infection. “I like to dab a cotton wool bud dipped in tea tree oil on pimples to help the skin heal,” says digital beauty editor Anna McClelland.
3/ It banishes blackheads
A natural skincare saviour, tea tree oil (and products infused with tea tree oil) also helps to prevent acne and control breakouts without the need for harsh chemicals. Try the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Medicated Gel For Acne or Tea Tree Blemish Stick for a natural spot solution, or use their Tea Tree Face Wash For Acne daily to keep breakouts at bay.
4/ It’s gentle on the skin
If synthetic acne treatments like benzyl peroxide tend to make you scaly and dry, or chemical exfoliants irritate your sensitive skin, switching to tea tree, which is gentle on the skin, can work wonders.