Beauty, DIY

the one about tea tree oil

I’ve talked about my love for coconut oil many times before, but other than that I have some how avoided essential oils. So much so that I’m confident coconut oil isn’t even an essential oil . . .

Even after my journey and love with coconut oil I still had a major acne problem. Growing up I never had an acne problem. I was lucky, but I also took care of my skin and took pride that it was working. When I turned 26 things changed. I started to have random, severe break outs. I was planning a wedding and had just lost my job so I was stressed to that max.  They’d clear up fairly quick with a mask or a spot treatment so that was that. I wasn’t too concerned or I at least had more important things on my mind.

Right before our wedding – 2 years ago –  I found a new job. I ended up liking this job very much, but I had a dirty phone attached to my face 8 hours a day. So the acne problem only got worse. The breakouts that would go away with some treatment started scarring and nothing I tried prevented them from coming. That’s when I started using coconut oil. Things got a lot better, but it never went away. For 3 years now there’s never been a time when something isn’t up with my face.


So when I knew the move to Florida was coming  . . . and that meant even more stress . . . I started using Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree oil to help with my acne problem.  I started with a little spot treatment on new blemishes. Excited by the results I made a delightful mask . . .


To make this mask you will need a small container of regular greek yogurt and about 5 drops of tea tree oil.

Stir all your ingredients together in a bowl until they are nice and smooth. Use your fingers to apply your mask but be sure to steer clear of your eyes. If you get some in your eyes immediately rinse them out with cool water.

Your mask needs about 20 minutes to absorb and during this time it will become dry. Just be patient! Once the 20 minutes has passed rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat your face dry.

Things are getting so much better and very quickly with my acne problem. One thing I’ve learned is that it takes time. If you have an acne problem and it’s visible, you better believe that underneath there things are bad too. So things are going to worse before they get better. That’s a good thing because it means everything is clearing itself out. So don’t worry I’ll show off some before and after pictures soon, but I wanted to tell you about my new found love of tea tree oil before time passed any further. You can get it here !

Have you used tea tree oil? What are your favorite uses?

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  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Ok, you are the second person this week who said they started getting acne around 26! I had been thinking I was in the clear since I’m 25, but maybe not! I’ll have to look into this tea trea oil. Your mask sounds amazing. I love using greek yogurt for beauty treatments.

    March 18, 2015 at 9:04 am
    • Reply Bex Stark

      adult acne is the worst! I hope you don’t have to deal with it, but if you do definitely try that tea tree oil!

      March 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Marissa

    I love tea tree oil! I use it mostly to get ride of the itch in bug bites, which you’ll find useful in Florida! I also like to mix it with my conditioner because I think it smell wonderful! I haven’t used it for ache, I’ll have to try your recipe!

    March 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm
    • Reply Bex Stark

      I’ve heard it helps with bug bites too! So far we haven’t a problem, but I know it’s coming haha!

      March 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

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