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What’s going on with you externally reflects what’s going on internally. As we know, you are what you eat; similarly, you are what you feel! What you put in and on your body, as well as your emotional state, all affect your health and your skin. When you get a blemish, it’s the “icky” trying to get out. Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of a tree native to Australia, the Melaleuca alternifolia. It is a powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral remedy. It contains terpinen-4-ol, an antibacterial agent that kills bacteria which cause acne. Tea tree oil works as a solvent to prevent oily matter from clogging up your sebaceous glands, which are where acne can form. Its holistic properties make it a perfect topical treatment for acne, body odor, cold sores, insect bites, and even athletes foot (consult your doctor as to what is right for you if you have any medical ailment). For years, I tried both prescription and over-the-counter mainstream treatments for acne, each seeming to work and then not so much—and the side effects—ugh. Now I use tea tree oil on a regular basis if I get a bump, and it immediately dries it up overnight. It is the greatest skin treatment I’ve found! And, it doesn’t have all those crazy chemicals that smell and feel weird on my skin.

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