How to Use Tea Tree Oil For Acne – 6 Effective Ways

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Using tea tree oil for acne is an ancient and effective remedy, in addition to the many other benefits this oil can provide for your skin. It can be used along with coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil as  carrier oil, lemon juice, witch hazel or aloe vera gel.

Tea tree oil is a powerful essential oil extracted from the leaves of the myrtle tree, which bears the name Melaleuca alternifolia. This oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is widely used for medicinal and commercial applications, due to the incredible range and concentration of antioxidants and active ingredients, including terpenoids, alpha-pinene, and terpinolene, among others.

This essential oil should not be consumed internally, as it can be toxic, even in small doses. Therefore, the oil is primarily used in topical applications. It is native to certain regions of Australia, where it has been beloved for centuries. It is only in the last few decades that this oil has become globally sought after. As one of the most common skin afflictions, the fact that acne can be treated with tea tree oil is very important.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne?

There are many different ways for tea tree oil to be used for acne because this oil does well when combined with other carrier oils. Depending on what other oils and natural remedies you combine with tea tree oil, as outlined below, they will enhance or complement the antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects of this potent substance.

tea tree oil for acne

Witch Hazel

Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 30 drops of witch hazel and apply directly to the skin. This will speed the healing process and prevent further infection from causing acne or sebum buildup.

Aloe Vera Gel

Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 9 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and stir. Wash your face and pat it dry before applying the gel. The gel will absorb into your face, providing relief from pain and inflammation.

Coconut/Almond Oil

Mix a few tablespoons of almond oil with 3-5 drops of tea tree oil to quickly treat acne. The moisturizing properties will help the essential oil soak in deep, while also eliminating toxins in the skin and preventing inflammation.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can speed the healing process of acne. Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 6 drops of tea tree oil and apply directly to the inflamed areas.


The astringent nature of citric acid can help to prevent further inflammation or infection within the open, exposed wounds of the acne flare-up. Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 2-3 drops of tea tree oil for this preparation.

Lavender Oil

Mixing 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender oil into a carrier oil, like almond oil, provides a wonderfully soothing and analgesic remedy that you can apply directly to the skin.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Acne

The top benefits of tea tree oil for acne include its ability to remove dead skin cells, reduce inflammation, prevent bacterial infection, and balance oil levels, among others. This oil is known to have astringent properties, helping to close the pores and eliminate the toxins or excess oil that is blocking the pores and causing the inflammation. The antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory nature of this potent Australian oil will then minimize the appearance of the symptoms, namely the red blotches and swollen pores. At that point, tea tree oil goes one step further and speeds the healing process.

Word of Caution

Use of tea tree oil for acne may be highly effective, but there can be some side effects. Since it is so powerful, it may cause irritation or burning sensations on the skin, particularly those with delicate skin or pre-existing skin conditions. Itching, stinging, and redness, as well as dry skin, can also occur when used in excess. At no point should tea tree oil be consumed internally, as it can result in toxicity, as well as poor gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea or vomiting. Protection Status
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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