Tea Tree Oil for Eczema - Does It
Does using tea tree oil for eczema really help?
Tea tree oil can be a very practical choice for treating eczema.
In addition to preventing infection, tea tree oil shows some anti-inflammatory activities, just what is needed in the case of eczema.
As well, it has anti-itch and some pain relief benefits (which is why people apply tea tree oil to burns and insect bites).
Recommendations - How to use tea tree oil for eczema
Based on studies done on tea tree for zits, it is known that a 5% concentration is effective for treating acne conditions.
At this concentration, the subjects reported only minor skin irritation. (Indeed, this was shown to be less irritating than common over-the-counter acne medications!)
So 5% is a good concentration to use for initial treatment. Again, it is wise to test this on a small area first for one or two days to make sure you do not develop any major skin irritation.
If so, consider making a 2.5% formula (or even a 1% formula if you have very sensitive skin).
For detailed directions on how to make this see the article Tea Tree Oil Dilution Guidelines and Techniques.
A solution, cream, gel or oil formulation?
Often the choice of a solution, cream or gel formulation is a matter of personal preferences. However, there is one "guiding principle".
If the skin is dry, moisturize it. If it's wet (weeping), dry it.
Don't make an oil formulation (in olive oil) if the affected skin is weeping. Choose between a solution, cream or gel formulation for weeping areas. If the area is cracked and dry, an oil formulation is suitable.
A 5% tea tree oil solution (made in water) is the easiest to make. What you can do to add moisture to the area is to apply aloe vera gel or a cream after applying the tea tree oil solution. (Wait 15 minutes or so until the tea tree oil is absorbed into the skin first.)
Using the tea tree oil for eczema...
Apply this formulation onto the affected areas two or three times daily after washing and drying the area.
Pat dry the skin with a towel rather than rubbing it to avoid irritating the (already) irritated skin. (Treat your skin gently!)
If desired, wait 15 minutes and apply your favorite moisturizing lotion or cream on top.
It may take up to 4 weeks to show significant improvements. Why? The skin takes about 30 days to completely regenerate itself. For some individuals, visible improvements could be expected in as little as 7 days.
Although tea tree oil will not cure eczema, it can go a long way in reducing flare ups and cutting down on the irritation and discomfort. If eczema is kept under control, it will reduce the chance of scars and allow the skin to heal itself naturally.
Using tea tree oil for eczema may prove to be very helpful in relieving the symptoms for many individuals.
See Tea Tree Oil Dilutions to get details on exactly how to make these formulations.
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