Today it is becoming very popular for men to grow thick, strong, defined beards. There are many products out there to help you achieve the bold bearded look. Some ingredients out there are very good for our beards and can be proven through evidence. However, when it comes to using some products for our beards, the evidence is less trustworthy. One product often associated with long-term beard care and protection is tea tree oil. Is there any reality in that statement, though? Let’s take a look and see what we can find out about using tea tree oil for beard growth and protection.
Tea tree oil is taken from the tea tree, which is native to Australia. It’s been used for centuries for many different reasons from combating inflammation to fighting off infectious disease. However, in terms of helping our hair, it can be used to help prevent fungal infections that could inhibit hair and beard growth.
It’s also linked with being able to help clean out and care for our hair follicles. This helps to get rid of dirt, debris, fungus, and even microbial infections that could be stopping beard growth. Another reason why that matters is that tea tree oil can get into the beard and actually make sure your beard is cleansed at a skin-deep level.
Why does tea tree oil for beard protection work so well?
By getting so deep into the skin, you should notice a big change in how your hair actually grows through. With nutrients and vitamins now getting through unchecked, tea tree oil allows for greater, more rapid growth of your hair naturally. However, its sometimes what tea tree oil does under the beard that makes the biggest difference.
Since this naturally moisturises the skin, this leaves you with skin that isn’t going to become overly flaky and/or dry. It also ensures that you are left with a beard that is never overly dried out. Instead, it leaves your beard feeling smooth to touch.
Because tea tree oil is an essential oil it is important that you mix this with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or argan oil before applying it to your beard or skin. Many beard products today come with tea tree oil in it, too, thanks to the fact that it can be so good for deep skin cleansing and physical care. So, why not try it out for yourself?
With the effects of tea tree oil for beard protection and growth shown over time, it’s not something you need to worry about.
Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020.
Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country.
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