9 Simple Methods Of Using Tea Tree Oil To Cure Acne March 20, 2017

Do you often wonder if there is a natural remedy for acne? The skin care products available in the market contain harsh chemicals, and there is a growing need for the perfect home remedy to tackle this issue. This is fulfilled by the very versatile essential oil – tea tree oil.

This wonderful oil has amazing healing properties. It helps treat your acne and can even prevent its occurrence in the long run. It is extracted from a tree native to Australia, and its role in the treatment of skin ailments has made it a popular addition to creams, face washes, and lotions.

Acne is the most common skin ailment that arises due to the clogging of pores from the excessive production of sebum. Before going into detail about the methods in which you can use tea tree oil to cure acne, let’s quickly look at the multiple benefits this essential oil offers us.

[ Read: Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil ]

Tea Tree Oil And Benefits For Skin

Also called Melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is a pale yellow to nearly colorless oil that is derived from the leaves of the plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties and can be used in many ways to treat various skin problems (1, 2). Keep reading to find out more about the uses of tea tree oil for the skin.

  1. Tea tree oil is an excellent home remedy for athlete’s foot, an infection that is found on the skin of the feet and causes itching, blisters, or inflammation of the infected part. This essential oil soothes itching. It is also believed that mixing olive oil with tea tree oil and applying the blend to the infected areas can be very helpful.
  2. It has been proved that tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and can be used in the treatment of cuts, burns, and other skin disorders. Applying this oil on minor burns soothes them. Due to its antimicrobial properties, it helps in reducing the likelihood of developing an infection.
  3. Applying one or two drops of tea tree oil on the affected areas can reduce corns and warts. But if you have sensitive skin, it is recommended to use a diluted version of the oil. The best carrier oils for dilution are coconut oil and olive oil.
  4. Insect bites can cause itching or pain, and tea tree oil can be used to get instant relief.
  5. Adding two to three drops of tea tree oil to the water while bathing will help you get rid of all skin-related allergies. It kills the bacteria and fungus responsible for the allergies.

As the title of this article suggests, tea tree oil also gives you relief from acne. Here’s how!

Tea Tree Oil And Its Effects On Acne

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Tea tree oil provides excellent skin treatment, especially for oily and acne-prone skin. It is a natural alternative for curing acne. Various studies have shown that tea tree oil is as effective as the commercially used benzoyl peroxide to reduce acne (3).

  1. Tea tree oil consists of antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds that act effectively against the bacteria that cause acne breakouts.
  2. This essential oil can penetrate deep into the skin and helps to unblock the sebaceous glands. This unclogs the pores, thus disinfecting them and reducing acne.
  3. It also works as a solvent as it removes dust and grease easily and protects the skin from oxidative stress.

Adding a drop or two of tea tree oil to your bath water helps you get rid of acne on your chest or other parts of the body.

In short, tea tree oil has the following properties:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiviral
  • Antiseptic
  • Cuts through grease and dust with ease

Now that you know why tea tree oil is one of the best ways to cure acne, here are a few methods to use it.

How To Cure Acne Using Tea Tree Oil

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Lavender Oil And Tea Tree Oil
  3. Coconut Oil And Tea Tree Oil
  4. Baking Soda And Tea Tree Oil
  5. Lemon And Tea Tree Oil
  6. Calamine Lotion And Tea Tree Oil
  7. Witch Hazel And Tea Tree Oil
  8. Apple Cider Vinegar And Tea Tree Oil
  9. Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Oil

Methods To Cure Acne Using Tea Tree Oil

1. Tea Tree Oil For Acne

You Will Need
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Cotton pad
What You Have To Do
  1. Add drops of the oil to the water and mix well.
  2. Soak the cotton pad in this and apply it to the affected area or the entire face.
  3. Leave it on for 20-25 minutes, and once it dries, apply a moisturizer. There is no need to wash this off.

You can also add drops of tea tree oil on a cotton bud and gently press it against the acne, pimples, or spots. Leave it on for a couple of hours or overnight to reduce the redness and swelling.

How Often You Should Do This

This can be done twice a day for quick, effective results.

Why This Works

The antimicrobial and pore cleansing properties of tea tree oil will reduce the current acne breakouts and also prevent future ones from cropping up.

Caution

If you experience a little stinging sensation, do not worry. It is absolutely normal as tea tree oil is a highly concentrated oil. Also, you can alter the drops of oil you use depending on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, keep the ratio 95% water and 5% oil. For normal skin, use 90% water and 10% oil.

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2. Lavender Oil And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 1 oz. jojoba oil
What You Have To Do
  1. In a small bottle, add all the oils and shake well.
  2. Use a few drops of this blend on the affected area.
  3. You can leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night. You can also apply it in the morning if you are planning to stay indoors.

Why This Works

Lavender oil works in conjunction with tea tree oil to clear the infection and acne. It also possesses antibacterial properties like tea tree oil. In addition, lavender oil soothes the skin and reduces the inflammation at the site of the breakouts (4, 5).

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3. Coconut/Almond Oil And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or almond oil
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oil with either of the carrier oils.
  2. Apply this blend directly on the infected area and leave it on for a few hours.
  3. Wash with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice daily until the acne goes away.

Why This Works

Coconut oil and almond oil contain essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate the skin. This balances the excessive oil that the skin is producing and clogging the pores (6, 7).

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4. Baking Soda And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add enough water to the baking soda powder to get a paste.
  2. Add the tea tree oil to this and mix well.
  3. Apply this paste on the affected area and scrub very gently.
  4. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Baking soda balances the skin’s pH, and this helps to regulate the natural oil production. It also exfoliates the skin, removing the accumulated dead skin cells and dirt (8, 9).

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5. Lemon And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4-5 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply the mixture of the oil and lemon juice on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water first and then with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Lemon juice contains acids that exert bactericidal effects on the acne-causing bacteria. This citrus juice is also a good astringent (10).

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you have sensitive skin.

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6. Calamine Lotion And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • Calamine lotion
  • A few drops of tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Take some calamine lotion and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it.
  2. Massage this mixture onto your entire face until it gets absorbed.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Calamine lotion contains zinc that dries up the pimples and also reduces inflammation (11).

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7. Witch Hazel And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 30-40 drops witch hazel
  • 5-6 drops tea tree oil
  • Q-tip
What You Have To Do
  1. Dilute the essential oil in the witch hazel extract and pour it into a small bottle.
  2. Using the Q-tip, apply a drop or two of this to the pimple.
  3. Let it dry naturally.
How Often You Should Do This

Reapply twice a day until the pimple goes away.

Why This Works

Witch hazel is commonly used as an astringent and a toner. It also has anti-aging benefits, which means that it helps rejuvenate the skin that has been damaged by the acne (12).

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8. Apple Cider Vinegar And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients and apply the mixture on the acne-affected area with the cotton ball.
  2. Leave it on for 5-7 minutes and then rinse with water that is at room temperature.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this once every day. Once the acne clears, apply this once every 3-4 days.

Why This Works

ACV contains malic acid that exfoliates the skin and also neutralizes the skin’s fluctuating pH levels that are leading to the overproduction of sebum (13).

Caution

This remedy can slightly sting your skin. If you are too sensitive to the stinging sensation, dilute the ACV with an equal quantity of water. For one teaspoon of ACV, add one teaspoon of water to the concoction.

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9. Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Oil For Acne

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You Will Need
  • 1-1 1/2 teaspoons fresh aloe vera gel
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the aloe vera gel with the oil.
  2. Using the cotton swab, apply this mixture on the acne-affected area.
  3. Wait for it to dry and soak in. Once it has dried, wash it off with lukewarm water.
  4. Apply a good moisturizer later.

This mask can also be left on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat the procedure every day to get relief from acne.

Why This Works

Aloe vera refreshes and rejuvenates the skin with its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and healing properties (14).

Note

If your skin is sensitive, or if it becomes dry upon the application of undiluted tea tree oil, mixing it with aloe vera is the best option.

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[ Read: Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Acne Scars ]

Side Effects Of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is generally safe for most people, but it can cause skin irritation and swelling in some. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using tea tree oil as it is found to reduce contraction strength. It has also been found to cause allergic reactions. So, it is recommended that people with a known allergy or sensitivity to tea tree oil should avoid using it.

It is always better to use diluted tea tree oil if you have sensitive skin. Otherwise, there are chances of irritation or redness. Also, avoid taking tea tree oil orally as it might affect the nervous system. Tea tree oil has healing properties, but it also contains certain toxins that are harmful when taken internally. Hence, it should be used only for external application.

Tea tree oil, although effective, can take a couple of days to show results, depending on your skin type and structure. So, don’t be disheartened if you don’t see results in the first few days. It may take time, but it will definitely work, and these results will be long-lasting.

Use it in combination with the ingredients listed in the above remedies and utilize its benefits. Try these remedies and enjoy acne-free beautiful skin.

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  • Nimrata

    Beautiful tips :)

    • Shubhi

      Thankyou so much Nimrata. :)

  • shirisha

    Very useful tips thanks

    • Shubhi

      Thankyou shirisha. Glad you liked it. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/seerin.sayd.1 Seerin

    Nice article shubhi thanks for sharing

    • Shubhi

      Thankyou seerin. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/anupama.krishnan.9216 Anupama

    I will try this methods thanks shubhi

    • Shubhi

      I am glad i could help. :)

  • Sandana

    Good share

    • Shubhi

      Thankyou :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Aasim, stop using tea tree oil if it is not suiting your skin type. Instead apply oatmeal on your skin.. as it as soothing properties.It cleanses your skin pores and absorbs excess oil. Mix one teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in a cup of cooked oatmeal. Rub this mixture over your skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Do this once or twice a week.