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Tea Tree Oil vs. Witch Hazel

I have some questions and am looking for advice regarding tea tree oil vs witch hazel as a daily facial toner. General facial skin information is that I have very oily skin and large pores around my nose and cheeks. I am not so concerned about the pores just with controlling breakouts.

I started using tea tree oil (diluted with water) around mid December and it worked wonders. I just didn’t like the smell and I heard about witch hazel as an alternative. I started using the witch hazel about a week ago and I have not been impressed. I started getting breakouts probably 2 days into its use, lots of little breakouts, especially around my lip line (which causes me another set of problems because when that happens I usually get a cold sore in its place.) I did like that the smell was much less potent and went away faster. It also does not require dilution and it is less expensive. I did not experience any over drying with either product. So on to my questions.

1. Does the witch hazel take some settling in time? I didn’t experience any settling in with the tea tree oil. It seemed to work immediately. Should I continue with the witch hazel for, say, a month and see if the breakouts clear up?
2. Is the tea tree oil safe to use morning and night? I was previously using it only at night.
3. Is there something better to dilute the tea tree oil with?
4. Any other helpful hints or suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your advice!


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Feb. 25th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Personally, when I was using a toner I preferred rose water.

How are you cleaning your face? I ask because I used to have skin similar to yours. Then I switched.

There's a local herbalist here who sells a face scrub that she concocted back when she was a teen. Her skin is gorgeous so I decided to give it a try. Since switching my skin has become clear, soft and not in the least oily. It's wonderful. The scrub is a combo of corn meal, oatmeal and poppy seeds, sprinkled with rose petals, lavender buds and chamomille. (The flowers are optional). I just take a little of that, mix it with a little honey or vitamin E oil (water if I'm out), scrub and rinse. No toner needed. I moisturize with just a touch of coconut butter.
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yum! That scrub sounds divine.
Feb. 25th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh it is. I get so tempted to lick my fingers (especially when I use honey). It works amazingly well, too.
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Right now I am using a Clean & Clear face wash but I am trying to move to more natural methods (this is why I am looking into the tea tree & witch hazel). I will have to check out a place where I can find some face scrub like this or make my own. Thank you!
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Should be super easy to make your own. The oatmeal is basic rolled oats that she grinds up to near-powder. Everything else is just added as-is.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
So you keep the ingredients dry mixed together, then when you go to use it as a scrub, you add a little honey or vitamin e? Scrub, rinse and that works??? That sounds amazing.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Do you think Sunflower oil could work well too? I have an insane and am trying to figure out things to use it for.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Yup. That's it. Sometimes I add a few drops of rose water if I'm feeling more oily but that's it.
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Feb. 25th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Me too. Also, I use tto by itself directly on pimples or problem areas.
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
i also use this but i add some rosewater for days when i am a little read like during the summer.
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this suggestion. I think I will give this a try. Do you know where to find any witch hazel that does not contain alcohol? The one that I found does have a little alcohol (5% I think) mixed in.
Feb. 25th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thayers doesn't have alcohol, and comes in several scents if you prefer. It's what I use (also in a 90/10 mix with tea tree oil as mentioned above) in a spray bottle- hold my breath and spritz my face, let dry naturally. I love it!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
And to sound totally dense, why is it a problem to have alcohol in it?
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
I don't have any advice, but I wanted to thank you for posting this. I use tea tree oil shampoo for my dandruff, but never used it for my face. Due to this post, I began to mix the witch hazel & tea tree oil for my skin and it feels and looks so much better.

So, thank you.
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