I incorporated tea tree oil into my skin care routine as a move of desperation because I was beginning to feel very discouraged regarding the condition of my not-so-pretty post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. By this point, I feel like I had tried product after product, medication after medication; but, to no avail.
I first heard about tea tree oil fading hyperpigmentation and being used for treatments for skin acne from a family member who swore that 100% pure tea tree oil was the reason why her more prominent dark spots were virtually gone. Not only that, but she assured me that the tea tree oil worked quickly and got rid of her hyperpigmentation within weeks. Now, that's the kind of magic I like to hear about.
As I usually do before purchasing a product, I committed to doing some research to justify making an investment. Here's what I found:
Initially, the third bullet point set me off. If tea tree oil is only going to be most effective against light hyperpigmentation, does that mean my darker spots have no chance of fading? Not really the news I wanted to hear. Even so, I trusted the family member I spoke to and if she thinks I should give it a chance, then maybe I should stop questioning everything.
Within that week, I went out and bought myself a bottle of pure, undiluted tea tree oil. In order to incorporate it into my skincare routine, I decided to apply it in small quantities twice a day every day as a spot treatment rather than coating my face in it. I also made the decision to keep the essential oil in its purest form and avoid diluting it with coconut oil unless my skin began to show signs of irritation.
Alas, tea tree oil did very little for my darker hyperpigmentation. My lighter spots, however, showed signs of fading fairly quickly! Within four weeks, I noticed that some of my spots had completely disappeared while others were significantly lighter than they were. Undoubtedly, this outcome made me very happy. However, the darker spots were still as evident as ever, much to my disappointment. My acne situation also didn't seem to change much. I still had deeper acne with relatively few breakouts. Although, the tea tree oil can possibly be given credit for keeping my acne at bay and preventing it from turning into a cystic breakout.
Overall, I think tea tree oil was worth the investment. It is highly recommended after all for different treatments for skin acne. Even though the spots of hyperpigmentation that bothered me the most were essentially left untouched, the lighter spots did go away. For the most part, the product did what it claimed to do.