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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an oil that comes from comes from one species of Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It's made by steam distilling the leaves of this native Australian tree. There are hundreds of types of Malelaleuca alternifolia tree but only one produces tea tree oil. The clear oil produced from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree has the scent of camphor and has been used as an antiseptic in Australia and for other medicinal purposes for decades. Studies show that tea tree oil has activity against bacteria, fungi and viruses, including the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores and genital warts.

Because tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties, it may be beneficial for treating acne, the most common skin problem among adolescents, teens and young adults. Acne is a skin disease characterized by overproduction of sebum and abnormal shedding of skin cells inside hair follicles. The excess sebum and dead skin cells block the opening of the hair follicle called the pore. Bacteria then feed on the dead skin cells, leading to inflammation. Tea tree oil appears to kill the bacteria that cause these inflamed acne lesions. This leads to a reduction in their number.

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How well does it work? One study compared the effects of 5% topical tea tree oil with 5% benzoyl peroxide for the treatment of acne. Both benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil reduced the number of inflamed acne lesions, although benzoyl peroxide was faster. On the other hand, tea tree oil users experienced less skin irritation than those that used benzoyl peroxide. The benefit of tea tree oil for treating acne was confirmed by a second study carried out in Iran. It may be more beneficial as an acne treatment when combined with a beta-hydroxy acid such as salicylic acid to promote shedding of dead skin cells that clog and congest pores.

Tea tree oil may also be effective for treating other skin conditions including head lice, scabies and some forms of dandruff. It helps to block the transmission and spread of methicillin-resistant Staph, a hardy form of bacteria that resists treatment with most antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant Staph, also known as MRSA, can cause serious skin infections or even death when it enters the bloodstream.

Tea tree oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective for treating itching and skin inflammation.

Tea tree oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective for treating itching and skin inflammation. Because of its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, it's sought after by makers of cosmetic and personal care products as an antiseptic and as an ingredient for treating acne. That's why you can find it in some acne treatment products, facial cleansers, toners, astringents, facial moisturizers, shampoos and hair conditioners.

Is it safe? Tea tree oil appears to be safe as long as it isn't taken by mouth. Used orally, tea tree oil can be toxic causing depression of the central nervous system and blood abnormalities. It can also cause skin irritation, especially at higher concentrations. A small number of people experience allergic reactions to tea tree oil and can develop an allergic contact dermatitis after using it. It's also toxic to some animals, especially dogs and cats and shouldn't be applied to the skin of a pet or used around animals. Even small quantities have been known to be fatal to pets. It doesn't seem to have the same impact on fish since dilute tea tree oil formulations are used to treat bacterial and fungal infections in aquarium fish. Humans are unlikely to experience any serious side effects from tea tree oil as long as they avoid taking it by mouth.

Tea tree oil is an ingredient that's growing in popularity because of its ability to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause skin problems.

All in all, tea tree oil is an ingredient that's growing in popularity because of its ability to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause skin problems like acne, head lice and dandruff. It can be used as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide for treating acne. It may cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people, and people with eczema or sensitive skin should use tea tree oil with caution.

  

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An extra large refill of the 100% natural hair remover.
$19.95
12oz | MM004
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Soothing hair removal and skin care in one.
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Control oil and minimize the look of enlarged pores.
$28.00
MF087
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A nemesis of breakouts, these clarifying pads help remove impurities and excess oil from your skin.
$32.00
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A refreshing blend of anti-microbial oils for a powerful cleansing and invigorating effect.
$63.00
1.85oz | AX016
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Allows for optimal absorption of pore clearing ingredients.
$38.00
6 x 0.5oz | BS209
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Works instantly to control shine and reduce large, clogged pores.
$28.00
0.5oz | DT016
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Keep skin smooth, clear and free from irritation caused by shaving.
$22.00
6oz | PH034
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Purifying masque is the ultimate stress-reducer for your worst skin problems and as your go-to overnight spot treatment.
$48.95
1oz | KI002
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Minimizes pores and shine instantly.
$45.00
1oz | BT081
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Concentrated clarifying toner is your all-day multifunctional wonder.
$32.95
4oz | KI011
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Controls breakouts and diminishes the the look of scars.
$36.00
1oz | CQ004
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Zero in on acne breakouts, reduce inflammation, and effectively control acne blemishes.
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Gives an incredible sun-kissed look that doesn't require going out.
$48.00
8 Pack | KS037
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An anti-bacterial lotion that helps to clear up acne lesions.
$40.00
1.18oz | RC053
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This acne spot treatment reduces the severity of acne blemishes and may be used during pregnancy.
$17.00
0.5oz | BC046
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Convenient cotton pads with a blemish-reducing solution.
$34.00
45 Pads | RC055
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A nighttime treatment to reduce breakouts and inflammation.
$52.00
1.17oz | RC099
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A purifying mask that detoxifies and refines skin.
$34.00
2oz | RC051
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Multi-benefit serum combats skin eruptions, unclogs and refines pores.
$75.00
1oz | KU006
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Powerful botanicals dissolve away oil and debris without over-drying.
$35.00
3.5oz | BT080
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This detox cleanser helps to brighten skin tone, diminish acne scarring and improve cell turnover.
$32.00
4oz | KS003
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A purifying foaming cleanser that rebalances oiliness.
$34.00
6.7oz | JQ001
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Helps purify skin while maintaining its natural moisture balance.
$39.00
6oz | AS019
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A fast-absorbing, oil-free anti-aging lotion.
$60.00
1.7oz | BT121
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The original product in the Brave Soldier line, Antiseptic Healing Ointment was formulated specifically to speed healing.
$13.20
1oz | BD001
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Get skin deeply clean without drying, irritating or stripping.
$33.00
8oz | PC079
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Helps balance oily areas, purify clogged pores, and treat blemishes.
$52.00
1oz | AS021
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Gentle treatment pads keep the complexion clear, refined and well-balanced.
$30.00
60 pads | FC030
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This gel gently clears pores, reduces excess oil, and restores and strengthens enlarged pore walls.
$45.00
1oz | BT143
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Apotent, non-irritating blemish fighter that rapidly clears breakouts on the spot.
$20.00
0.34oz | OL098
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Purifying mask to remove excess oil and prevent new blemishes.
$42.00
1oz | CQ005
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Clear up acne pimples and prevent new ones from forming without over-drying.
$38.00
0.5oz | AZ030
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Endurance sports formula.
$17.60
2.5oz | BD014
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Prelude Pre-Wax and Shave Serum is the ideal way to begin your shaving or waxing experience.
$20.00
1.1oz | WH054
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Gives an incredible sun-kissed look that doesn't require going out.
$10.00
2 x 0.5oz | KS059
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Fragrance-free antiperspirant deodorant protects against odor and wetness.
$17.00
2.6oz | LS029
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Help your razor glide effortlessly over your skin.
$18.70
8oz | BD004
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A two-in-one toner that cleanses and tones skin, leaving it refreshed and restored.
$32.00
45 Pads | RC064
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A high-powered spot treatment to rid of blemishes.
$54.00
1oz | SY102
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A clarifying solution that exfoliates, controls excess oil, refines pores, and balances pH levels.
$35.00
4.7oz | BT144
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This cleansing bar helps to heal and strengthen your skin as it minimizes pores.
$42.00
4oz | RC001
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This daily hydrating complex is rich in firming peptides and skin strengthening flavonoids.
$75.00
1.17oz | RC014
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Deep clean and exfoliate for a clear complexion.
$33.00
3.3oz | CQ018
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Deeply extracts and purifies pores while nourishing and strengthening skin.
$42.00
2oz | AS011
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Manage breakouts and put your best face forward.
$29.50 $39.00 value
BC052
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Helps clarify combination and oily skin without upsetting its natural balance.
$42.00
6oz | AS018
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Stimulates cellular turnover, calms redness and irritation.
$55.00
1.7oz | BT082
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