How Does Tea Tree Oil Work Against Acne?

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Often a variety of spots and scars on the face are the result of acne which has been before. Despite the fact that acne is already in the past, not passing scars on the face will constantly remind the owner of his past troubles. Therefore, a lot of people are looking for another way of treatment except various chemicals. Recently more natural products get in widespread use such as tea tree oil, which has antiseptic and bactericidal action against skin diseases.

For the first time this oil was used by indigenous people of Australia. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the tea tree. For centuries it has been used to treat a variety of catarrhal disease and, due to its healing properties, in various injuries of skin such as burns, wounds and different skin irritations. Tea tree oil has become known around the world since the early 1900s. Since then it can be found in pharmacies in every corner of the planet. This oil was also added as a key ingredient into all sorts of creams and medicines that only did them better. Due to such solution, these creams began to possess antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and healing effects.

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  1. Valerie Stayton April 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my site even if by accident. :-) (pedi-ped post). I just recently learned how wonderful tea tree oil can be. It is also used for nail fungus too. My mom told me about it. We both have one toe that we inured the nail on and developed nail fungus. You add tea tree oil to some warm water and soak you foot in it every day so a very slow improvement but at least it’s an improvement. I never did anything about it because the medicines they have for it can cause serious side-effects. I have started this regiment though and as a mother of a couple teens this post is good to know. :-)

  2. Patricia Streeter April 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Tea Tree Oil. Do you know where you can buy it?

  3. Maura April 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    You can find it at natural food stores. It’s also an ingredient in many natural skin care products. Desert Essence is a brand that specializes in tea tree oil products.

  4. Beckey May 27, 2012 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I just bought some tea tree oil tonight at my local super walmart, just look for it in any store that carries vitamins and such.

  5. Lionel Davel July 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Hello Valerie, I must say I really like your site and appreciate reading through your informative articles. I agree that Tea Tree Oil works astonishingly well on all stages of pimples – I seldom break out anymore. Please be very careful if you have cats as it’s very poisonous for them.

  6. Patrice August 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve had a nasty breakout right before my period. My face was a mass of red blotches and bumps and I was so disheartened by this. But a friend of mine gave me a bottle of pure extract tea tree oil and recommended that I dilute it on a cotton round with water, and then use it twice a day. I’ve only been using it three days, and most of the acne dried our, without it actually drying my skin. Marvelous, marvelous! I was wondering if it’s just a one time thing though, or should I indefinitely incorporate it to my cleansing regimen? Are there any side effects for using it at a prolonged time? Or should I only use it if I have acne?

    • nina nani January 2, 2013 at 3:36 am - Reply

      im so depressed about my acne, then due to my depression my hands and mind leads me here, what will be the brand of tea tree oil that is very effective? help me please i dont want to go outside it feels like everyone see me feels disgusting coz of my face… :( please help me… i cant afford going to dermatologist, this is only thing i can do..

      • shalene January 19, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

        I know the feeling of being embarrassed by acne. I have also struggled with my skin for year.s the best thing is to de-stress your life and eat fruits and vegetables. life is too short to let it control you. don’t miss out

  7. Kylie September 16, 2012 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Tea tree oil is the only thing that ever really worked for me. I love that I was able to find something natural that cleared up my skin!

  8. sham October 22, 2012 at 2:33 am - Reply

    I got a few deep hole in my forehead due to pimples, can this tea tree oil can fill the holes.

  9. shaquee November 23, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Tea tree oil is $9 at the body shop (you can google their website) haven’t tried it yet but everyone seems to love it!

  10. Mystery man December 1, 2012 at 6:13 am - Reply


    I have tried everything to get rid of this stupid breakout on my back. It kept getting better and then worse and it went from my back to my butt. I tried benzoyl peroxide in both the bar soap and the liquid form and attempted oatmeal baths and so on. All I ended up with with intensely irritated red skin from the benzoyl and the pimples remained! At first, I was concerned and asked a doctor because what if it was some huge issue! After figuring out it wasn’t some odd infection, and my doctor said it was most likely because of low testosterone, I left things alone. However, this didn’t really work for me at all.

    I finally became fed up and went out and purchased vitamin a, vitamin e and tea tree oil from CVS and Walgreens! Alast the damned things are finally drying up and the rest of my skin isn’t burning off!

    I for one am going to start switching everything over to natural sources because the man made crap just doesn’t work ( Obviously)

  11. danielle December 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    hi I got some tea tree oil gel from a helth store and it made my skin break out even more

    • Staci December 14, 2012 at 6:11 am - Reply

      Hi Danielle, did you dilute the tea tree oil before applying it?

  12. yamini December 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    My boyfrnd has acne problem..should i get pure tea tree oil for him or tea tree oil facewash will do? How to use pure tea tree oil?

  13. Tanya January 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I had perfect skin till the age of 23 then pimple on my face, they would hurt, I had like 50 on the side of my face…
    My acne was considered mild though. After trying accutane and a few other type of oral medication, I decided natural was a way to try. I mix tea tree oil with my face cream, everyday , twice a day. Its been 6 months and no breakout !And now ill get one or two around my menstrual cycle…. ;) so happy… Try it for a few months

  14. Michelle January 15, 2013 at 1:45 am - Reply

    I never had acne as a teenager then at the age of 27 I developed cystic acne. I am now 33 and I am till dealing with this horrible problem. They are VERY large red almost black bumps on my face. Some have been so bad that my entire side of my face will become swollen from a cyst. I have tried everything the dermatologist has put me on (antiboiotics, creams, steroids, water pills) nothing helps. I am at the point that I no longer want to leave my house. Does anyone know if the tea tree oil will work with a condition this severe?

    • Sandra February 6, 2013 at 5:19 am - Reply

      I believe it will help. You can also use queen helene mint julep mask twice a week or use it as an overnight spot treatment on your cystic acne. Tea tree oil has helped my scars big time…everyday now for a week and my scars have reduced in appearance dramatically. I apply it with a qtip on my scars instead of applying it on my entire face with a cottonball because of the smell. But these two produts should help…also use st. Ives apricot scrub at night. This helps clear up breakouts!

      • Amanda February 16, 2013 at 6:07 am - Reply

        How much water to tea tree oil is a good solution?

    • jenni April 28, 2013 at 3:10 am - Reply

      Tea tree oil soap, like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, has worked really good on my body acne. I think I will try using it on my face now too since it seems to be working. I have also reduced the dairy in my diet and noticed less cysts/zits now too. I have had acne ever since I got pregnant with my first baby about 10 years ago. During each pregnancy, my acne was horrific though. I am going on 40 and so sick and tired of having to deal with this. I don’t want birth control because my hub has had a vasectomy and my blood pressure was too high in the past. I hope the tea tree oil and anti-dairy is the way to go!

      • Mary May 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

        I was on here researching tea tree oil and came across all these posts, but your post interested me as I too figured out about 5 years ago that anything dairy breaks out my face with these huge, painful, cyst-looking bumps, and sometimes a bunch of them linked together that looked like something out of a horror movie. I just turned 43 and still having issues. Did tea tree oil, diluted or undiluted work well for your face along with do dairy? I love ice cream and yogurt and sometimes, for instance for my birthday last week,I had some ice cream with my cake, and I always pay for that later. I was in the house for about 3 days untill my face went down a little.

  15. mum01 February 3, 2013 at 5:13 am - Reply

    My son aged 17 has always had perfectly clear smooth skin until recently. I have been searching the web for an answer. I think he might have a dermodex mite infestation,. Apparently tea tree oil can help . We will give it a go.

    Has anyone else discover ed their acne is caused by dermodex mites?

  16. Megan February 26, 2013 at 5:39 am - Reply

    I use 100% pure tea tree oil, undiluted, on my face and scalp. It is incredibly gentile, just the natural plant oil. Of course, if you are allergic as someone suggested in the commentary, you shouldn’t be using it at all, diluted or not.

    The smell is very strong but you get used to it. I put it on my face to cure acne type blemishes that persisted for months, maybe a year, on my face. One week using tea tree oil and the blemishes are gone.

    I used to use head and shoulders to prevent dandruff and dry, itchy scalp. Now I use tea tree oil. When I apply it, the relief is immediate. I rub a few drops of the oil into my scalp every other night, then wash my hair as usual in the morning. That way the smell doesn’t flow me around during the day. I rub it on my face every other night as well.

    I bought my tea tree oil at Walmart. It can be purchased at any drug store, and even some grocery stores such as Trader Joes or Whole Foods Market. Make sure you get the real thing, not a gel or cream that merely has some of the oil in it.

  17. Agnes March 11, 2013 at 11:14 am - Reply

    i have this pimples on on face.I have used almost every acne cleansing product but doesnt seem to go.Please advice me on this tea tree oil because i also have an oily face.

  18. john gavin March 13, 2013 at 1:59 am - Reply

    i used wrights coal tar soap which contains tea tree oil to get rid of under are acne .work it into a lather and apply it to the acne area .use it for 3 weeks and you will see the difference .cheap and does the job !

  19. Lily April 18, 2013 at 1:09 am - Reply

    I use tea tree oil, and it has a really bad odor, i’m fine with using it at night, but i don’t like going to school with it on because it makes my face smell weird, and i know that your supposed to do it two times a day, so what should i do?

  20. Kevin May 8, 2013 at 3:06 am - Reply

    If you’re not a fan of the smell of tea tree oil you could always try using a moisturizer during the day. I know body shop has a tea tree oil line that you could look into.

    Personally I don’t mind the smell of tea tree oil, but I still don’t leave the house with it on. I’ve been using apple cider vinegar as a toner (which has really cleared up my skin/made it smoother) and just recently have I incorporated some tea tree oil into it. Seems promising.

  21. Carol June 3, 2013 at 5:56 am - Reply

    You can most definitely use tea tree oil on a regular basis but use it only as a spot treatment. I have suffered adult acne now for YEARS and nothing has ever worked 100%, so frustrating. I eat healthy, exercise regularily and drink tons of water and still I have never had really clear skin. Then once I hit Menopause, OMG my acne went crazy just like in my early teens. I find that Burts bees acne solutions works very well for adult acne and the tea tree as a spot treatment ONLY.

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  23. jewlz March 11, 2014 at 12:01 am - Reply

    this is an excellent article on tea tree oil. It is one of the most effect home acne treatments you can find. Great job.

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