Acne is quite a common problem for the people of age from 12 to 25. These pimples or spots not only steal the glow from your skin but also harm it in a mild or severe manner. It affects both the genders equally. This skin problem is often caused by the escalation of androgen hormone during puberty. It makes the sebaceous glands produce more sebum which further results in pimples. The other reasons for acne are pregnancy, certain drugs containing lithium or androgen, greasy cosmetics, hormonal changes, etc. (1, 2). Acne is not only limited to the face, they might also appear on your back, chest, neck, shoulders, or any other body part. It is wise to treat acne in an earlier phase as the permanent scars might be left on your skin if not treated for a long time. When we talk about tea tree oil, it comes as a bundle of medicinal properties like antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and others. For such reasons, tea tree oil is considerably good for acne. To know the applicability of this oil in the treatment of acne, read the presented article covering importance and procedure of using tea tree oil for acne.
Why Tea Tree Oil is Better than Drug Treatment for Your Skin?
Prescription drugs contain chemicals that are harmful to your health in one way or other. Being anti fungal and antibacterial, tea tree oil is good for acne scars. Studies show that tea tree oil is also effective against fungal infections, itching, athlete’s foot (3). So why to put your delicate skin in a fight with the chemical containing drugs while the blessings in disguise, tea tree oil will hit the nail.
Procedure to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne:
Since tea tree oil is antimicrobial and antifungal, it can be used directly or in a composition in more than one way (4). Check out following points that showcase how to use tea tree oil for acne.
1. Tea Tree Oil
If you are suffering from pimples that are causing inflammation, then tea tree oil is your best bet (5). The method is easy. Use a soft cotton ball doused in tea tree oil, apply a few drops at the affected area, and leave for 4-5 hours or more. Repeat the process on daily basis.
2. Tea Tree Oil With Water
Dry skin causes itchiness (6). This method is useful for both face rinse and treating acne. Make a mixture of 10% tea tree oil and 90% water. Wash your face with water and dry it with a soft cloth. Now apply the mixture on affected area gently and thoroughly. Leave it for half an hour and rinse again with cool water. After drying, apply moisturizer. Repeat the same process twice a day.
3. Using Tea Tree Oil with Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an affluent source of antioxidants, vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, and E. Studies have shown that Aloe Vera gel lessen the damage of skin taken from harmful radiation of the sun. It is antibacterial and alleviates skin inflammation (7). Mix one part of tea tree oil with two parts of aloe vera gel and gently apply to the acne affected area. Leave it for 5-6 hours or longer and rinse with water. Slowly pat dry your face afterward. Repeat it on a daily basis.
4. Take a Bath With Tea Tree Oil
Acne may affect chest and back as well (8). If you are suffering from the acne on back and chest, then look forward to taking a bath with tea tree oil as it is proven effective for acne treatment (9). Pour a few drops of tea tree oil to warm water and use it to bathe. Repeat on a daily basis to get better results.
5. Mixture of Tea Tree Oil and Egg White
Egg white is antiseptic and antibacterial (10). It also works as an anti-toxin agent when applied to acne pores. Mix two egg whites with half tablespoon of tea tree oil and stir well. Mask the affected area with the mixture and wash with warm water after 15-20 minutes. It provides better results if applied daily.
6. Tea Tree Oil and Olive Oil Mixture
Considering its benefit to indigestion, inflammation, obesity and immune system, olive oil can be characterized as a superfood (11,12). Prepare a mixture of 6 drops of tree oil and 4 tablespoons of olive oil, and apply the same on the afflicted area using a delicate cotton ball. After half-an-hour, wash your face tenderly and pat dry. Apply the same procedure every day for best results.
7. Tea Tree and Coconut Oil Mixture
Coconut oil has a good amount of saturated fat and is being used as a trusted soother for dry skin, diarrhea, and breast cancer (13). Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 5 tablespoons of coconut oil. After washing and drying your face, take a clean cloth soaked in hot water. Cloak the cloth over your face and let it cool down. Smoothly massage the mixture onto your skin using your fingertips. After five minutes, rinse thoroughly. Repeat it two times a day.
8. Honey and Tea Tree Oil
Honey has been used since ancient times as a natural wound healer due to its antimicrobial and anti-infective properties, thanks to its hydrogen peroxide enzymatic production (15). Having uncountable benefits, honey also makes an ardent amalgamation with tea tree oil that can be used to cure acne. Mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and four teaspoons of raw honey and stir it well. Apply the mixture to your face gently with a cotton ball and leave for 4-5 hours or more. Rinse your face with fresh water and dry it with a soft and clean cloth. For best results, repeat the process regularly.
9. Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil Mixture
Witch Hazel, an anti-inflammatory compound that also contains essential oil, safrole, and gallotannins has been proved useful treating acne (16, 17). Mix half teaspoon tea tree oil with eight teaspoon witch hazel and apply the mixture on acne affected area with a soft and clean cotton ball. Repeat the process twice a day.
1) Exaggeration of this method may dry your skin and make the symptoms worse.
2) Avoid direct sunlight.
10. Yogurt and Tea Tree Oil
According to certain medical studies held in past few years, Iodine has been claimed to play a vital role in the development of the infant and fatal and it is also responsible for the production of thyroid hormones. Povidone-Iodine is being used as a wound healer and antimicrobial and skin preparation solution for a long time (18). Yogurt is an excellent source of iodine and when mixed with tea tree oil, it makes a wonderful skin soother. For that, first rinse your face with clean water and pat dry with a soft-neat towel. Now take one tablespoon of tea tree oil, mix it well with half cup of plain yogurt, and apply it on the acne affected area. After 25-30 minutes, wash your face with lukewarm water. For a better treatment, repeat the process on a daily basis.
11. Face Mask of Tea Tree Oil and Green Clay Powder
Green clay has been used as a skin healer and antibacterial since old times. Studies show that green clay is an exceptional way to treat skin infections (19). When combined with tea tree oil, green clay can be used as an effective face mask for the treatment of acne. The best thing is that it is easily available and can be prepared at home anytime. Mix four tablespoon of green clay powder with 6-8 drops of tea tree oil and sufficient water to prepare a paste. Cover your face and neck evenly with the paste and wait till it dries. Once dried, wash it with clean and warm water and pat dry. For best results, repeat daily.
12. Scrub of Tea Tree Oil, Sugar, Olive Oil and Honey
One of the great properties of sugar is that it detoxifies the skin when it exfoliates. Olive oil and honey are also proven antibacterial and by combining these with sugar and tea tree oil, an excellent sugar scrub can be prepared to treat acne. To formulate the mixture, take one cup of sugar, half cup of olive oil, one teaspoon of tea tree oil, and two teaspoons of honey. Massage the affected area gently with the mixture using your finger for 3-6 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Best if repeated regularly.
13. Steam Treatment with Tea Tree Oil
No doubt, tea tree oil has been used as an effective skin cure agent, thanks to terpinen-4-ol that makes it a potent antimicrobial (20). Since steam gains more penetration than that of the water to the skin, thus, tea tree oil steam face-bath opens the pores and treats acne more effectively. To do that, boil clean water for 10 mins and pour it into a large pot and mix 5-7 drops of tea tree oil in it. Cloak your head with a towel and lean over the steam for 4-6 minutes. Repeat the same procedure daily for best results.
14. Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Oil Face Mask
Jojoba oil is found fungicide and possesses properties of a skin care agent (21). On the other hand, tea tree oil is known for its anti fungal effects (22). Make a mixture of two teaspoons jojoba oil, 6-10 drops of tea tree oil and thick paste of a tomato. Apply the paste to the acne affected area. After 15-20 minutes, wash thoroughly with clean and fresh water. Use a hygienic and soft cloth to pat dry. This process gives better results if repeated regularly.
15. Tea Tree Oil with Regular Moisturizer
Pimples are ugly and stubborn and just any random topical treatment may make the condition worse and cause adverse effects. On the other hand, moisturizers are anti-inflammatory and reduce the severity of acne (23). Using tea tree oil with moisturizer is a great way to keep the relentless pimples at a bay. Mix 3-7 drops of tea tree oil with your moisturizer and cleanse your face earnestly. Wash thoroughly with normal water and pat dry with a clean towel. Gently apply moisturizer to acne affected area. This process helps reduce pimples if repeated on a regular basis.
16. Tea Tree Oil with Sesame Oil
Various extensive studies and researches show that sesame (S. Indicum) is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagen thus, reduces the inflammation and cell damage caused by oxidants (24). When combined with tea tree oil, it becomes even more effective and helps reducing pimples. Mix six drops of tea tree oil with two tablespoons of sesame oil. Apply the mixture gently over the acne affected area with the help of a soft and clean cotton ball. After half an hour rinse with water and pat dry with a towel. Repeat regularly for better results.
- Make sure to use pure and authentic tea tree oil.
- Double-check whether the products you use are fresh or expired.
- Perform patch test to know if you have certain allergies with any product.
- Use tea tree oil externally only.
- Diluted tea tree oil should be preferred since undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin dryness, itching, and redness. Ignore using concentrated tea tree oil directly. Use water or aloe vera gel for dilution.
- Tea tree oil is toxic and harmful if taken internally. Avoid direct contact with eyes and any intake.
- If itching or redness occurs after application, then stop using it immediately.