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Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Skin Problems

Updated on June 2, 2012

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Tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner and antiseptic cream
Tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner and antiseptic cream | Source

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can be used to treat a variety of skin aliments. Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant in it's native country of Australia. Though tea tree oil has been used for years as a natural remedy, there have been several recent studies to determine the scientific benefits of the healing properties of tea tree oil on infectious conditions. Pure tea tree oil is highly concentrated. Most people find it can be harsh on their skin. As a result, tea tree oil products and creams usually come mixed with other natural ingredients to cut the intensity of the tea tree oil.


Tea tree oil creams can be used to:

  • reduce the redness and swelling of bug bites, rashes, acne and more
  • prevent infection in sores, cuts and other areas of broken skin
  • soothe and cool irritated and inflamed skin due to allergic reactions, fungus and bacteria
  • minimize itchy, flakey scalps.

Personally, I have found tea tree oil to reduce and make pimples go away fast. In addition, tea tree oil has helped heal a sore on my scalp that was hard to medicate, as well as reduce my scar from a minor staph infection and prevent the reoccurrence of the staph infection.


  • Use tea tree oil at the first sign of minor skin irritation (not deep cuts), such as the minute you notice the red spot of a bug bite or reaction. Using the tea tree oil right away will help maximize its effectiveness. Don't wait until infection has already set into the skin.
  • Keep a bottle of cream handy at all times so that you can address irritations right away.
  • Make sure to use a product that is natural and without parabens and chemicals that could further irritate your skin.
  • Always mix pure tea tree oil with another type of oil such as olive or lavender to dilute its potency, especially if using it for the first time.


  • Do not use tea tree oil internally as it can be toxic;
  • Be aware that it can smell a bit medicinal until you get used to it;
  • As with many "natural" products, it can be a bit on the pricey side;
  • Some controversy exists on whether or not the combination of tea tree oil and lavender causes hormonal imbalances in young boys. These reports result from the use of such properties in baby products and the inability for scientists to pinpoint the exact cause of a rare hormonal condition in some boys that causes breast tissue development. The jury is still out on the impact of tea tree oil and lavender on these conditions, as the majority of individuals never experience any negative side effects. To be on the safe side, use these products only on adults.

As with any herbal remedy, always seek out the expertise of a physician if you develop a serious condition such as an infection and be mindful of your own body's reaction to any creams in order to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction.


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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      I was aware of tea tree oil as an aid for eczema but wasn't very knowledgeable about its other uses.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting and helpful hub it sounds like a useful oil for skin issues. A wonder oil that can be used on many skin problems.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I like the Tea Tree Therapy lotion for any cuts or acne @just-about.

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      just-about 4 years ago

      My daughter bought me some Pure Tea Tree oil but I wasn't sure how to use it - I have dabbed it on skin irritations and it helped. however, after reading this hub I'd love to try some other Tea Tree products.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks kashmir56. Tea tree oil can be addictive.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great and interesting information within this well written article. I have used Tea tree oil for many years now and it has always worked well and sometimes quickly .

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I use tree tea oil soap and seems to keep down redness of eczema so it might help with rosacea. I have also heard about Apple Cider Vinegar for skin tags, but I can't testify that it works. Supposed to take 2 to 4 weeks.

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      Kelley 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for telling me about tea tree oil. Can it be used to treat rosacea? By the way, what's the best way of getting rid of skin tags? Liquid nitrogen works great, but you can only get it at the hospital or doctor's office, which can cost lots of money. Later!

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      HarvWhitman 4 years ago from GL-MI-USA

      Thanks TFN, We've used the Melaleuca tea tree oil now for a while in many areas of our lives and love it. One big example is we've replaced our toxic cleaning supplies with tea tree oil products and we feel better in our home and better about our environment. Thanks for posting :-)

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      adity5 5 years ago

      Tea tree oil is wonderful. I am a great fan of tea tree oil. Very informative article. Thanks for sharing :)

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thank you Suzie HQ, Vellur and torrilynn for the votes up and sharing. Tea tree oil has helped me so much. I have really sensitive skin and get sores and cuts all the time. It has helped me so much, and I wanted to share the information to help others. I love my tea tree oil!

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      torrilynn 5 years ago

      hi truthfornow, thanks for showcasing off the benefits

      of using tree oil. i think that was great idea and it really shows.

      thanks once again.

      voted up and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Tea tree oil is great for skin problems and for skin health. Great hub, voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi truthfornow,

      Very interesting info on tea tree oil which is a great healing ingredient. It has so many useful benefits, great job on highlighting these. Votes, Useful and Interesting, Shared on.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      You can give it a try, might work. Scars are hard to get rid of and it may take a while. Mine get smaller over time and then eventually go away. Thanks for reading healthylife2.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for this useful information on tea tree oil. It seems to be added to so many personal care products but I wasn't aware of the benefits. I'm wondering if it would reduce the appearance of a scar I have since it seems to have worked for you. Voted up!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I agree oliversmum. Tea tree oil helps nip in the bud lots of things that could become infections. Thanks for stopping by!

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      oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

      truthfornow Hi. Great hub with some terrific information.

      Tea tree oil is a must have in our medicine cabinet, It has so many benefits,incredible oil.

      Thank you for sharing this information with us. Voted up and very useful. :):)

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      There are tons. However, someone say that it is not safe for boys.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Many products are now boasting of such ingredient. Do you think there are products for babies with Tea Tree Oil?

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love my tea tree shampoo too teaches12345.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I use tea tree shampoo and it does help to bring back the bounce and shine to my hair. I didn't know it was toxic if taken internally. Good to know that fact.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for stopping by Patty Inglish, MS.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Rated Up and more. Tea Tree Oil is good for hundreds of remedies.

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I agree frogyfish, gets rid of that bad reaction pretty fast for me as well. Thanks very much for your comment.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      My mom quickly used tea tree oil on ant bites, which would really swell up on her ankles...but the tea tree oil stopped all that very rapidly. I believe it is a very useful herbal remedy.