How To Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne


Acne, which is known as acne vulgaris, is a very common but stubborn skin problem that affects both and women alike. We can rather say that it is one such skin problem that gives nightmares to the suffering person as it makes the affected area look ugly and unattractive by leaving behind unsightly scars.

But here, tea tree oil, which is obtained by the steam distillation of melaleuca leaves, comes to your rescue! Let’s read on to know how tea tree oil is effective to treat acne.

What Makes Tea Tree Oil Effective for Acne Treatment

As per the researches, tea tree oil treats acne with fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide (mostly used in acne creams). There are many properties in tea tree oil that make this essential oil effective to treat acne.

It is Antibacterial: Tea tree oil contains a property called terpenes, which has bacteria-fighting abilities. So tea tree oil application kills the acne-causing bacteria propionibacterium acnes and at the same time controls the further growth of it.

It Soothes the Skin: Loaded with disinfecting and soothing properties, tea tree oil offers a better treatment for acne. The oil penetrates deep into the skin and disinfects the pores, and dries out the blackheads and whiteheads.

It is Antifungal: The antifungal properties of tea tree oil kills the bacteria and checks the further spreading of the acne-causing bacteria.

Maintains the Natural Oil of the Skin: Unlike the other available treatments for acne, tea tree oil application does not remove the natural oil from the skin.

It Balances the Oil Secretion of the Glands: It controls the appearances of acne on the skin by checking the oil production of the sebum glands.

Removes Dead Skin Cells: The application of the tea tree oil on the skin removes the dead skin cells

How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne Removal

Tea tree oil can be used directly as well as with other ingredients like aloe vera, honey, yogurt, egg white, etc., to increase its effectiveness for acne treatment. Let’s learn a few of these remedies to treat acne.

1. Direct Application of Tea Tree Oil on Acne

Ensure to use pure tea tree oil to apply it directly on the skin as it is natural as well as free from harmful chemicals.

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    Note: For some people, tea tree oil may cause irritation on the skin by making it red or inflamed. So to avoid such situation do a patch test before the application. Take pure tea tree oil on a cotton swab and apply it on your forearm and let it be there for few hours. If your skin does not show any irritation, then you can use tea tree oil for sure.

    2. Tea Tree Oil Astringent Rinse

    You can prepare a tea tree oil astringent rinse to keep acne at the bay. This rinse will kill the bacteria and make your skin acne free with its regular use.

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      3. Tea Tree Oil with Aloe Vera Gel

      Aloe vera is widely used to treat various skin conditions like cuts, burns, irritation, inflamed skin, etc. Loaded with anti-inflammatory and skin-healing properties, the use of aloe vera can soothe the irritated skin affected by acne. Apart from that its antiseptic properties check the growth of the bacteria that clog the skin pores and cause acne.

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        4. Tea Tree Oil, Yogurt and Honey

        Yogurt contains an alpha hydroxyl acid called lactic acid that dissolves the dead skin cells, which clog the pores and cause bacteria, one of the main causes of acne.  The exfoliation capacity of the lactic acid also soothes the skin and fades the acne scars. Additionally, the healthy bacterial cultures of yogurt kill the acne-causing bacteria when applied topically.

        Honey treats the acne issues effectively with its skin hydrating properties. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties kill the acne-causing the bacteria. It also reduces the redness and inflammation of the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of honey offer a soothing effect to the skin.

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          5. Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel

          Witch Hazel contains a property called tannin, which offers astringent and antioxidant effects to the skin. So its use keeps the acne at bay by cleansing and toning the acne-prone skin properly. Its application also balances the pH level of the skin, which further controls the appearance of acne.

          Its disinfectant properties reduce the bacteria as well as growth of acne on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory effects reduce the redness and irritation of the acne-affected skin. And the most important thing is that it controls the production of sebum on the skin, one of the main causes of acne.

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            Note: Do not overuse this remedy as it may dry out your skin. Stay away from sun rays after applying this mixed oil on your skin as the UV rays may worsen the condition.

            6. Tea Tree and Olive Oil

            Like jojoba oil, olive oil also contains antibacterial properties. The extra virgin olive oil also works as a powerful antioxidant. Apart from that its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the skin irritation, inflammation and redness. It application offers a soothing effect to the skin.

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              7. Tea Tree Oil and Egg White Mask

              The mild astringent properties of egg white tone the skin well, which controls the further acne breakout. And at the same time when egg white dries on the skin it removes the dirt as well as the excess oil from the skin pores, one of the main causes of acne.

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                8. Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil and Tomato Mask

                Containing a number of compounds with antioxidant properties like tocopherols, jojoba oil protects the skin from the effects of free radicals.  The vitamin E content in it supports the skin health. Also, its antibacterial nature kills the bacteria Propionibacterium acne that cause acne. It is also non-toxic and non-allergenic.

                As it does not make the skin oily and does not clog the pores as well, its use does not form blackheads and whiteheads on the skin. Loaded with skin healing properties, its use soothes the inflamed, irritated and itchy skin caused by acne.

                Tomatoes contain a good amount of antioxidant properties that keep the skin healthy. Apart from that tomato juice contains acidic properties, which tighten the pores. So its application prevents the leaking of oil to the skin that causes acne. It also contains Vitamins C, A, B, E and K, which promote healthy skin.

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                  Note: To use jojoba oil for acne, buy only pure, cold-pressed jojoba oil. Avoid using too much of jojoba oil on the acne-affected skin as it may worsen the condition.

                  9. Tea Tree Oil and Green Clay Mask

                  Green clay treats the acne by absorbing the toxins, irritants and sebum from the skin.  Its application on the acne affected skin also kills the bacteria.  Apart from that its use exfoliates the dead skin cells and removes the blackheads.

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                    10. Tea Tree Oil, Olive Oil, Honey and Sugar Scrub

                    You have read the effectiveness of tea tree oil, olive oil and honey earlier. So why not making a scrub by using all these ingredients to make a scrub for acne? Here, one extra ingredient we need to add to it and that is sugar.

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                      11. Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil Massage

                      Coconut oil contains two acids named as capric and lauric acid, which work as disinfectants on the acne. It also contains Vitamin E that keeps the skin healthy by maintaining the proper functioning of the sebum glands and clearing the blockage. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe the skin irritation.

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                        Additional Tips

                        After using all these tea tree oil home remedies for acne, if the condition still persists, then it is time to see a dermatologist to confirm whether it is due to some other health issues.

                        Use all these tea tree oil home remedies for acne and get a clean and clear skin to woo the whole world.


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