Tea Tree Oil Acne

  • Posted on November 4, 2010 at 4:06 am

Tea tree oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree native to the northeast coast of Australia. When applied topically it has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties with a camphorous odour. It is rarely used at full strength as adverse reactions are common, even when diluted, and it is toxic if taken internally.

There is little conclusive evidence that tea tree oil is better than other acne remedies like Benzoyl Peroxide, however used at a diluted strength of 5% in one study compared with Benzoyl, it had fewer side effects. It took longer to be effective but there was still a significant reduction in inflamed and non-inflamed acne.

Undiluted tea tree oil is not recommended as it can cause itching, irritation, redness, over drying and blistering. To use tee tree oil for acne it is recommended you dilute it at the ratio of 5 parts oil to 95 parts water to begin with. There are some commercial products which contain tee tree oil and can most likely be found in drug stores or cosmetic stores.

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If you are planning on using a tea tree oil acne remedy, begin with a very diluted mixture to test your sensitivity to it. Cleanse your face thoroughly and pat dry. With a cotton ball dab the mixture onto the affected area. Because tea tree oil dries the skin, you may want to use an oil free moisturizer after it has dried. You may want to repeat this process a couple times a day for stubborn acne.

If the acne persists and there is no significant reaction to this mixture, you could increase the ratio slightly, gradually working up to the strength that works for you and does not result in adverse effects.

If you prefer a mask, add a couple drops of tea tree oil to some natural green clay powder and enough water to make a thick paste. Apply the mask and leave on for 30 minutes.

Tea tree oil is not likely to be as effective for a more severe case of acne on its own, but working in conjunction with other treatments may be an option to consider.

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2 Comments on Tea Tree Oil Acne

  1. Tea Tree Oil Acne says:

    Tea tree oil is unbelievable! No doubt the combination of it with a good diet is a winner for your health.

  2. James Beane says:

    Thank you for the article. As the owner of the premier website for tea tree oil information, one of the questions I get the most is on the dilution ratio to create a 5% solution for use on the body.

    Most over the counter tea tree oil soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions will only have 1-2% tea tree oil, but you can adjust your favorite products to make your own tea tree oil shampoo, body wash, facial cream, or liquid hand soap by adding 15 drops per ounce of soap. This should give you just about a 5% solution.

    We use this as a germ fighting soap in the bathroom, in bodywash and shampoo, and have added the same amounts to hand cream to aid in relieving the itch of eczema.

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