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Using Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Updated on July 26, 2010

Using TeaTree Oil for Acne


When I first heard about using tea tree oil for acne, I was somewhat apprehensive, mainly because of all the different “snake oil” remedies that are being peddled by the holistic health gurus nowadays. Now I’m all for having natural remedies, and I fully believe that whatever we need to cure practically any condition can probably be found in nature (or derived from something that occurs naturally), but I’m not the kind of person that’s just going to fall for any old sales pitch touting the supposed benefits of some herbal remedy; I guess I’m a little skeptical by nature - no pun intended. For those who may not be familiar with tea tree oil, it is basically oil derived from the leaves of what’s known as a “melaleuca” tree (say that one 10 times real fast). The oil has a slight yellowish tint (almost transparent in color), and it has been recognized for its medicinal properties, such as being an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial agent. The important distinction to make is that tea tree oil is believed to be effective only when it has been applied topically; in other words, please don’t drink tea tree oil—you may not see the next day if you do (LOL). Due to the astringent and cleansing properties of tea tree oil, it is widely used in the cosmetic industry, primarily as a main ingredient in skin care products. Most of the time, if a skin care product uses tea tree oil, the name “tea tree oil” will be featured somewhere in the name of the product, or highlighted as one of its main features. As a side note, tea tree oil has also been recognized as effective in fighting the staphylococcus bacteria, as is found in staph infections. In general, tea tree oil is widely considered to be effective against infections of various kinds, including the types of infections that can be the root cause of acne.

Using Tea Tree Oil for Acne

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Using Tea Tree Oil for Acne


Using tea tree oil for acne is not actually a new practice; I remember about 15 years ago, when I was having major issues with my skin, I had first heard of tea tree oil from my sister, who also had minor problems with breakouts. She had heard about it from one of the magazines she used to read (i.e., Cosmopolitan or whatever), and she actually bought some pure tea tree oil from a local health food store. At the time, I didn’t mess with it because I was more concerned about the internal aspects of curing acne, such as adjusting my diet to get rid of all the extremely oily foods (french fries, etc.) and so forth. But, I knew that there was something to it, because she became a great proponent of it from that time on. The main reason why tea tree oil is used in the treatment of acne is because of its antimicrobial powers, and its ability to kill bacteria on contact. Most people who use tea tree oil will simply apply it to their face directly from the bottle, using just enough oil to cover the affected area. This is best done right before going to bed at night, that way the “usual business of the day” will not accidentally wipe it off or otherwise remove it from the skin. Many people that have tried benzoyl peroxide have later switched to tea tree oil, mainly because benzoyl peroxide has been reported to have a few more side effects associated with it, such as burning, stinging or itching of the skin. You definitely want to be judicious in how you apply either benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil, because more is not always better in these cases. It is best to use tea tree oil in a diluted concentration, such as in a gel that contains only about 5% tea tree oil—because this is some potent stuff. As far as where to actually purchase it, some of the most common places to find tea tree oil products for acne are at your local drugstore (i.e., CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, etc.), or at other specialty stores such as natural remedy or herbal remedy shops. Well, this is Praveen signing off…hope you enjoyed my hub!


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      AOkay12 3 years ago from Florida

      I used tree oil years, ago when I had severe acne and nothing else helped. Tea Oil works, however, it is very strong and should be diluted and used very sparingly.

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      agatha:) 5 years ago

      Hey so TTO has worked for my moderte acne! My skin is 13 years old (lol), and is very oily in the Tzone...forehead, nose, and chin. I break out everywhere but my cheeks :\. In the morning, i wash with my gentle salysilic (sp??) Acid (2%) gel cleanser, then soak a cotton ball in (not pure) Tea Tree Oil and swipe it all over my problem areas. May feel greasy to the touch but hey-- the price of beauty, right? Anyway, I get home from school and at bedtime wash my face in the shower then repeat the mornimg TTO routine. Sonce YESTURDAY, my IFRST TIME using TTO, my bumps have gone dpwn and redness it at a MINIMUM! cant wait to see a whole weeks' worth of effects! :D good luck, guyz.


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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      Tea tree oil is great for fungus too