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Tea Tree Oil for Acne Skin Care Treatment

Updated on July 21, 2008

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, which grows in Australia. Tea tree oil is extracted using steam and is sold as an essential oil.

Tea tree oil has many uses and benefits. Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and germicidal properties. So it is no surprise that one of the most effective uses for tea tree oil is as a natural acne and oily skin treatment product.

Tea Tree Oil Skin Care Acne Treatment

The tea tree oil skin care acne treatment simply consists of using tea tree oil directly on pimples. For more acne prone skin, apply tea tree oil to the oily T-zone across the forehead, nose, and chin. If you have severe acne, tea tree oil can be applied to the entire face.

Apply tea tree oil as a homemade acne skin care regimen twice daily- in the morning and before bedtime after washing your face. If using on pimples, apply directly with a cotton swab dipped in tea tree oil. Blackheads and whiteheads are eliminated quickly with tea tree oil. If using on the entire face or T-zone, just mix 3-4 drops of tea tree oil with your normal cleanser.

Do not be concerned that tea tree oil is indeed an oil. It will not cause your skin to be oily and certainly not contribute to oily skin or acne breakouts. Your skin will absorb the tea tree oil and it will not feel oily. It will probably even dry your skin slightly.

It takes some getting used to when you first start using tea tree oil for your acne and oily skin care treatment. It does sting and burn a little. This is just the tea tree oil doing its job killing bacteria that help contribute to acne. Of course, if you develop a rash or have severe burning, discontinue use immediately.

Tea tree oil also has a unique odor. At first, I thought that it smelled like bug spray, but I love the scent of tea tree oil now. It smells fresh and clean to me. And most over the counter and rx acne products also have unpleasant scents.

Eliminate Acne With Tea Tree Oil

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Proper Skin Care for Acne

Of course, a person must follow proper skin care for acne in order to have glowing, clear skin. Even using a tea tree oil skin care treatment can't do it alone. Some of the things that should be done to improve skin health and eliminate acne are:

Wash face twice daily with a mild cleanser. Do not use a soap that dries out the skin too much, as this will stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil, which will cause more pimples.

Do not squeeze or pick at pimples and blemishes. This can cause acne scars and infection. Also, do not rub or touch your face often. This stimulates the skin and causes oiliness, as well as spreads germs. If you have a habit of rubbing your forehead or chin, you need to break it to clear up acne skin.

Keep your hair clean and try to keep it away from your face, especially if you use lots of styling products.

If you use makeup, use it sparingly and be sure to remove it every night. Sleeping with makeup on is a major contributor to acne prone skin.

Best Acne Skin Care Product

After trying tea tree oil as an acne and oily skin treatment, I strongly believe that you will agree that tea tree oil is the best acne skin care product out there, especially for the price. Of course, no acne skin care product will work for everyone, but tea tree oil works wonders for a huge majority of acne sufferers.

Compare the price of tea tree oil to expensive rx acne products and other 'quality' acne skin care treatments, and it is a no brainer to give tea tree oil a try as a natural acne skin care treatment. Very little tea tree oil is used at once, just a few drops, so it lasts a long time.

Tea tree oil can be found in most drug stores or health food stores. If you can't find it there, buy it right here from this site. Be sure to get tea tree essential oil. And the best tea tree oil is pharmaceutical grade and will be clearly marked as such. I wish I could see the smile on your glowing, clear face after your have eliminated acne and pimples with tea tree oil!

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      Jessie 5 years ago

      ok so i literally just put it on my face for the first time, i have severe acne and i've tried literally everything under the sun and nothing was at full affect even the epiduo which worked until my skin got use to it. anyways there is a little burning and the smell isn't to to bad but i'll smell anything as long as it gets rid of my horrible acne. i put it on my entire face with out delution and hopefully i don't get a rash due to dryness but i'll keep you all posted as i would want someone to let me know! thanks guys, i'll post again in about 3 days!

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      acnestop 5 years ago

      your blog was too good. i really appreciate with your blog.Thanks for sharing.

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      sarah 5 years ago

      i use boots own brand tea tree and witch hazel face wash morning and night, every time i use it i mix it with 4 drops of tea tree oil then massage onto my face, wash off, then use the day moistering gel or night gel which are both for acne and help to clear oily skin. yes it does irrate my skin just a tiny tiny bit, but it does help with my uncontrollable oily skin. i have tried so many things and they were way to harsh on my skin, this is the best ive tried so far. it worked for me and i have the most sensative skin around!

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      keith 5 years ago

      I was diagnosed with Rosacea a few years back and was incorrectly told I could use Cortizone (1%) everyday to reduce flare ups. Well, the cortizone quit working and actually was contributing to the problem. I was recently was to the point that I avoided public events with my kids when I had a flare up. After a week of Tea Tree oil, salicylic acid ( acne scrub ), exercise, and eating relatively healthy ( apples,yogurt,and high protein ), my face has pretty much completely cleared up and my wife stated that I look 5 years youger. I'm not sure if it's a cure for rosacea or acne, but Tea Tree Oil has made a huge contribution in making me look and feel better than I have in years. From what I have read, a lot of skin problems are caused by problems in your digestion and possibly an over production of bacteria/skin mites etc.. as a result. I know everyone is different, but I hope someone else can make use of this information and see the results I have. Good luck!

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      lebeauty 5 years ago

      oily skin with cosmetics

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      kitty 5 years ago

      will give it a try :)

      there is hope

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      Pelebonita 6 years ago

      Legal, os produtos são de ótima qualidade, pena que sou do Brasil e ai fica difícil.


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      Pelebonita 6 years ago

      Legal, os produtos são de ótima qualidade, pena que sou do Brasil e ai fica difícil.


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      Ms._Info 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I absolutely love tea tree oil. Besides acne, it can be used for so much more. I always keep a few bottles of the stuff around my house.

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      genwriter 6 years ago from Singapore

      A very well written hub. Thanks for such good information. I love reading and writing hubs on skin care as well, please check my hubs as well.

      Please Follow/Rate/Comment :)

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I love tea tree oil, and one of my favorite natural soap bars is a tea tree bar. This make a great alternative than an anti-bacterial soap that contains triclosan.

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      rosehip 6 years ago

      A lot of different herbal medicines and treatments have been popping up people are not seeing benefits and effectiveness of organic treatments anyway nice hub very inforamtive

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I did not know this property of tea tree oil.

      Thank you for sharing, is very useful.


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      ADA 7 years ago

      I bought the pure Tea tree oil at GNC ( very cheap) put it around my acne before bed and when i woke up, redness was gone and the pimples are gone.. it works miracles..

      nowww lets see if the scarring can be treated from tea tree oil, because that's what i heard:))

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      Fm 7 years ago

      You should definitely NOT use undiluted tea tree oil all over your face. You're likely begging for a dried out rash.

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      mich 7 years ago

      i'm currently using tea tree oil as treatment for my acne..but i've just i can't say much about it..but i've tried tea tee cream with witch hazel about a month ago..and it really helped to reduce the inflammation of my cystic acne.. but the cream isn't available in korea (it was from london), so i had to switch to the tea tree oil itself, which is available in body shop... it's easier to find than the cream.. and i'm hoping it's gonna be as beneficial as the cream..

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      Elleisa 7 years ago

      My cousin suggested Tea Tree Oil as an acne treatment not so long ago, and it is really good. But I'm not using a cleanser at the moment, so my face is still a little grubby and the black heads are still there. So, since I'm into the natural stuff at the moment, does anyone suggest a good cleanser that's natural? Thanks :)

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      BlackRockOutlet 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Good info, keep up the good work.

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      Jaanve 8 years ago

      I never considered Tea Tree Oil as an anti acne treatment. I will surely give it a shot. Thanks Great Article.

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      michellel 8 years ago

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      Benjamin Wootton 8 years ago

      I'm just working on a site currently about skincare and specifically preventing spots. The URL is if anybody is interested...

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      Skin care 8 years ago

      its a nice post.

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      pauline mills 8 years ago

      In preparation for summer, Aloe Vera lotions seem an essential product. Not only will Aloe Vera heal the skin, it presents a cooling alternative to heavier creams and lotions.

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      KURT FROM CA 8 years ago

      I found you page well thought out and written. I am well aware og Tea Tree Oil as an antifungal but never considered it as an anti-acne treatment. kinda makes sense though when you think about the inflammatory process involved with acne. Good one. On my blog ( we feature moisturizers for acne troubled skin so I wonder if the oil would help moisturize the skin as it treats the acne.

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      An easy to find product is BURT'S BEES Herbal Blemish Stick. Very small, about the of a lipstick, perfect for a desk drawer, a purse...and it's main ingredient is Tea Tree Oil. Like a little roll-on. And, like it says here, Tea Tree Oil is technically an oil...but it is NOT oily. This little roll-on make it simple to dab right where it's needed, so that it's drying properties don't irritate or dry out surrounding areas.

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      BeatsMe 9 years ago

      Hi. It's kind of ironic. An oil for a cure for pimples.

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      starcatchinfo 9 years ago