How do I Use Tea Tree Oil on Acne?

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Tea tree oil, which is made from the leaves of the tea tree, can be used in the treatment of acne. In most cases, this involves diluting the tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, and using it to clear oil from the affected area or to dry acne blemishes. Sometimes people also use tea tree oil on acne by making a facial mask out of this remedy. In most cases, such a mask is applied to the affected area and allowed to remain there for about 15 to 30 minutes before you wash it off. It is usually safe to use tea tree oil on acne, but some people may find it irritating to the skin.

The first step in using tea tree oil on acne is usually washing the affected area. It is generally helpful to wash the skin with a gentle cleanser, as a harsh cleanser may have an irritating effect on your skin when used in combination with tea tree oil. Once your skin has been gently cleansed, you may then do well to rinse it thoroughly and gently dry it with a clean cloth or towel.


Once your skin is clean and dry, you may apply tea tree oil directly to the affected area. For example, you may use a cotton ball or swab to apply the oil to your acne blemishes. Often, however, people who use this remedy for acne recommend diluting it prior to use. For example, you may choose to create a mixture of tea tree oil and water, using one part oil and several parts water. Some people use aloe vera as a mixing agent as an alternative to water.

You may also use tea tree oil on acne by diluting it with water and using it as an astringent. For this use, you may apply the diluted oil to a cotton ball and then use the cotton ball to wipe away oil from the surface of your skin. You may do well to avoid rubbing the skin as you do this, however, as doing so may cause irritation. Likewise, you may avoid irritation by limiting your use of tea tree oil as an astringent to once daily.

An acne mask that includes tea tree oil may also prove effective for dealing with acne breakouts. For this use, you may mix the oil with natural clay and water to make a mask and then apply it to the affected part of your skin. After about 15 to 30 minute, you may rinse it off with warm water. You could alternatively mix the oil with egg whites for the same purpose. In both cases, you will likely only need to use a few drops of tea tree oil.


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Post 3

I have a massive zit on my cheekbone and it's annoying the hell out of me! I have a date on Saturday and it's Thursday!

I tried putting toothpaste on it. It reduced the redness and the size of the pimple. but showed the juice even more. Help!

Right now I have tea tree oil and aloe vera gel on my zit and I'm planning on keeping it on overnight. Do you guys think it's a good idea?

Post 2

Tea tree oil is the best acne treatment ever. I am so happy with it. When I have a new pimple, I apply a little bit of tea tree oil it and leave it overnight. The next morning, the pimple is reduced, the redness is gone.

I also use tea tree oil for a steam bath for my face. I do this to open my pores so that I can exfoliate the blackheads out. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, so when you are cleaning and exfoliating your skin, there is no risk of infection, which used to be a problem for me before. My acne would be infected and the scars remained even after they healed. It hasn't happened since I've started to use tea tree oil.

Post 1

I used a cleansing gel with tea tree oil for about a week. It worked well on my acne, I didn't have any new breakouts. But after about five days, my skin started to feel very sensitive and there was also a burning sensation sometimes. It hurt when I touched my face. I figured that I have an allergy to tea tree oil and had to stop using it. I'm not sure if that was the case, maybe it was due to another ingredient in the gel. But I guess its something to keep in mind when you're using it. It might be a good idea to try the actual organic tea tree oil rather than any products that contain it.

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