Choosing and Using Tea Tree Essential Oil to Cure Acne

Article by Kristine F.

It’s not a secret that tea tree (also called melaleuca) oil is one of the most popular natural remedies for acne that often is advised not just by nature lovers and alternative seekers, but by doctors as well. This treatment works very well, if you use it properly.

Tea tree essential oil is obtained extracting it from leaves of a tea tree (Melaleuca Alternofolia) that is native to Australia. This aromatic remedy has strong antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It’s truly disinfecting, kills bacteria, reduces allergic skin reactions and also promotes skin and scar healing.

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This is one of these rare essential oils that can be applied on the skin undiluted, although if you haven’t used it ever before, firstly you should try it diluted. The smell of this oil is very specific and not everyone enjoys it. It is also good to know that tea tree essential oil is especially suitable for oily and problematic skin, but might not be the right solution for dry and very sensitive skin as it can make it even dryer and itchy. No worries, we will move soon to different ways you can use the tea tree essential oil, so you can find what’s the most suitable for you.

Before you put it on your skin you might want to find out what’s the difference between tea tree oil and tee tree essential oil. Mostly in stores you will see tea tree oil. Always check the label: there might be a lot of added ingredients like different oils, herb extracts and other additives that sometimes might not be so natural at all. Some people report even allergic reactions, so make sure that there isn’t added, for example, almond oil if you are allergic to nuts.

Tee tree essential oil is the one that is pure: it is the only that is 100% tea tree oil. Essential oil is stronger than any other tea tree oil that actually has been made from other ingredients just adding a bit of tea tree essential oil. If you get, for example, 2.5% oil, it’s obvious that it’s not pure tea tree oil. If you can read the label of this already diluted oil, understand all ingredients and don’t see any of them as harming for you – go ahead and give it a try. If that’s 2.5% (or any other number) oil and there isn’t anything written on the label (or nothing you can understand) – put it back in the shelf, as you really don’t know what’s in it. Oh, and there is also Tea Oil – that is absolutely another product made from a plant that is not even related to healing melaleuca. Get the right thing before you put it on your skin.

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Essential oil always is 100% and we will take a look at options of using exactly this strong remedy for treating acne – tea tree essential oil.

  1. Clean your skin and apply essential oil directly on each already visible pimple or when you feel that it’s starting to form. Put just a small amount of it as you don’t want to irritate your skin, and don’t put it too close to your eyes (the strong freshness of tea tree essential oil irritates eyes).
  2. If you want to use it on bigger area on your skin, not just for single acne breakouts, apply it on skin diluted with any natural carrier oil (almond, grape-seed, peach kernel, olive, jojoba or coconut oils are very popular choices for diluting essential oils). Some resources also advise to use it with vaseline, but remember that vaseline actually can block your skin pores. Diluted with any natural oil you can also leave it under the make-up and don’t have to wash it off.
  3. If you use any natural skin moisturizer, dilute in it a few drops of essential oil and apply it twice a day.
  4. Apply it mixed into any natural face mask you are using.
  5. Make a warm compress: moisten a piece of clean cotton cloth into warm water, add a few drops of essential oil on the wet cloth and leave it on the infected area for about 15 minutes.
  6. Add about 5-10 drops of tea tree essential oil to about 200 milliliters of water (or your regular face wash) and gently wash with it your face (of course, taking care that it doesn’t get into your eyes).

Take in account that just one application won’t bring you results. Make a trial of using it at least for one-two weeks to give the tee tree essential oil a chance to show the healing powers it holds.


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Kristine F. is a full time writer/ghostwriter from North-Eastern Europe. Living in a climate that allows enjoying all 4 seasons, growing up at the countryside  and learning about herbs from her family, Kristine got passion for nature and natural remedies. Now she is living in a city trying to keep the life simple yet meaningful. To share her knowledge about natural remedies, DIY projects and personal discoveries about the power of nature and human brain, she has recently started a new blog:

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