How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne: 7 Most Popular Remedies


Tea tree oil is known all over the world for its numerous health benefits, including its acne-fighting ability.

This volatile essential oil is extracted from the Australian native plant melaleuca alternifolia, most commonly found in southeast Queensland and the northeast coast of New South Wales.

Usually a pale yellow color, this natural oil has potent antimicrobial properties and has been found to be highly effective against numerous strains of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Furthermore, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties that make it an excellent remedy for treating skin conditions like acne, back acne, dandruff, skin abscesses and acne inversa, to name a few.

Use tea tree essential oil to get rid of acne
Learn how to use tea tree oil for acne

If you’ve always wanted to use tea tree oil for acne, but you weren’t sure about the correct way to proceed, then you’ve come to the right place. Here we show you how to use tea tree oil for acne, by elaborating upon the seven most popular remedies.

Caution: Tea tree oil is a very strong ingredient. Always do a patch test before proceeding with full-scale application.

Method 1: Use Plain Tea Tree Oil

The simplest and most effective way to use tea tree oil for acne is to apply a few drops of this antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory oil directly on the affected areas. The oil will work to reduce the redness, swelling and inflammation, while also eliminating the acne-causing bacteria and drying up the pimples.

Caution: As mentioned above, tea tree essential oil is a strong, volatile oil. Therefore, we recommend that you use undiluted, pure tea tree oil only in cases of severe acne breakouts. If you have dry skin, do a patch test by applying a few drops on a small area and observe how your skin reacts to it over a period of 24 hours.

Single-Step Treatment: Apply tea tree oil on the acne-affected skin

Apply undiluted tea tree oil directly on skin in case of severe acne breakouts
Apply undiluted tea tree oil to get rid of severe acne breakouts
  • Put a few drops of pure tea tree essential oil on a clean cotton ball or cotton swab.
  • Dab the oil on the acne-affected skin. Ensure that you apply undiluted tea tree oil only on the acne and not on the surrounding skin.
  • Leave it on for 3 to 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  • Wash your face afterward with warm water and gently pat dry.

Do this every other day to successfully treat your acne. Continue with regular application till the acne has cleared up. If you have sensitive skin, you can apply diluted tea tree oil as described in Method 2.

Method 2: Use Diluted Tea Tree Oil

Those with sensitive skin can dilute tea tree oil in water before applying it to get rid of acne. This solution can also be used as a face rinse and is highly effective for treating cystic acne.

Single-Step Treatment: Dilute tea tree oil in water and apply on the acne

Apply a solution of tea tree oil and water twice daily to get rid of acne
Apply diluted tea tree oil twice daily to get rid of acne
  • Put 1 tablespoon of distilled water in a small bowl.
  • Add 3 to 5 drops of pure tea tree essential oil to the water.
  • Dip a clean cotton ball into the bowl and let it soak up the solution.
  • Apply it on the affected areas and leave it on for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Wash it off using cool water and gently pat dry your skin using a soft towel.

Do this twice daily for at least 1 to 2 weeks to treat and prevent acne.

Method 3: DIY Tea Tree Oil Face Mask

You can also prepare an anti-acne face mask using tea tree essential oil. Here are a couple of options that you can use depending on your skin type.

# Tea Tree Oil & Aloe Vera Face Mask

If you have extra sensitive skin, diluting tea tree oil in aloe vera gel will reduce its sting. The aloe vera gel works to soothe inflamed skin and helps dry out and heal the pimples. In fact, you can also use aloe vera gel to treat minor burns and cuts.

It also works to naturally lighten skin, therefore it is a highly effective remedy to get rid of acne scars as well.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make tea tree oil and aloe vera face mask for acne

  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 3 or 4 drops
  • Fresh aloe vera gel (soothing and healing) – 2 teaspoons

Single-Step Treatment: Mix tea tree oil and aloe vera; apply on acne-affected skin

Mix tea tree oil and aloe vera gel; apply using a cosmetic brush to get rid of acne
Mix tea tree oil and aloe vera gel; apply this face mask every 2 to 3 days to eliminate acne
  • Put 2 teaspoons of fresh aloe vera gel in a small mixing bowl. You can learn how to make and store your own aloe vera gel here.
  • Add 3 or 4 drops of pure tea tree essential oil.
  • Use a cosmetic brush to mix the 2 ingredients well.
  • Using the same brush, apply the tea tree oil and aloe vera gel mask on your face.
  • Keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water and gently pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

Apply this face mask once every 2 or 3 days to reduce and control your acne breakouts.

# Tea Tree Oil & Clay Face Mask

If you have combination skin, this tea tree oil mask with natural earth clay is ideal. It treats acne and absorbs excess oil off your skin, while the honey nourishes and moisturizes the dry patches of skin.

Another great benefit of adding honey to this mask is that it has strong antibacterial properties and helps get rid of bacteria that causes acne.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make tea tree oil and clay face mask for acne

  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 3 to 5 drops
  • Natural clay (oil absorbent) – 1 tablespoon
  • Organic honey (antibacterial and humectant) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine clay, honey and tea tree oil in a bowl

Combine clay powder, honey and tea tree essential oil in a container
Take clay powder, honey and tea tree essential oil in a mixing container
  • Put 1 tablespoon of natural clay powder in a bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of organic honey.
  • Add 3 to 5 drops of pure tea tree essential oil as well.

Step 2. Mix well and apply on your face

Prepare and use the tea tree-clay face mask 2 to 3 times a week to get clear, acne-free skin
Mix well and apply the tea tree-clay face mask 2 to 3 times a week to get acne-free skin
  • Mix well with a spatula and apply it on your face as a mask.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes, then wash your face with water and gently pat dry.

Apply this face mask 2 or 3 times a week to get rid of acne and get clear, smooth and blemish-free skin.

Method 4: Tea Tree Oil Toner

Another way you can utilize the acne-fighting properties of tea tree oil is by making a light toner to fight acne and oily skin. Blending in raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar makes the toner a highly effective remedy to get rid of acne.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make tea tree oil toner using apple cider vinegar

  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 3 to 5 drops
  • Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – ¼ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup in a spray bottle

Single-Step Treatment: Add apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil to the spray bottle

Mix water, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil; shake well and spray on acne-affected areas
Mix tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and water to make tea tree oil toner for acne
  • Add ¼ cup of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to the spray bottle filled with ¼ cup of water.
  • Add 3 to 5 drops of pure tea tree essential oil as well.
  • Shake the bottle vigorously to mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Spray it on the acne-affected skin to reduce the oiliness and tighten your pores.

Use this DIY tea tree oil toner daily to get smooth, acne-free skin.

Method 5: Tea Tree Oil Face Scrub

You can also use tea tree oil for acne by preparing a tea tree oil face scrub. The white, granulated sugar gently exfoliates your skin without being too harsh, while the olive oil soothes and nourishes the freshly scrubbed skin cells. In fact, you can also use olive oil and white, granulated sugar to make homemade scrubs for softer hands.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make tea tree oil face scrub using white sugar and olive oil

  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 3 or 4 drops
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (contains vitamin E) – 1 tablespoon
  • White, granulated sugar (gently scrubs and exfoliates skin) – ¼ cup

Step 1. Combine sugar, olive oil and tea tree oil in a bowl

Take white sugar, olive oil and tea tree oil together in a bowl
Combine white sugar, olive oil and tea tree oil to make face scrub for acne
  • Put ¼ cup of white, granulated sugar in a bowl.
  • Pour in 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil.
  • Add 3 or 4 drops of pure tea tree essential oil as well.

Step 2. Mix well and use it to gently scrub your skin

Mix well to blend the ingredients; use it to gently exfoliate your skin and get rid of acne
Blend everything together and use it to gently exfoliate your skin to get rid of acne
  • Mix well and use the final mixture to lightly scrub your face.
  • Rub it over your skin in soft, circular motions for proper exfoliation.
  • Rinse it off with water and gently pat dry.

Use this scrub 2 or 3 times a week to get rid of acne. You can safely store the remaining scrub in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Method 6: Tea Tree Oil Night Lotion

Calamine lotion has a wonderful cooling effect on skin. Additionally, it has excellent oil-absorbing properties that make it a highly effective remedy for countering both acne and oily skin. You can also apply calamine lotion to treat bed bug bites or mosquito bites.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make tea tree oil night lotion

  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 3 or 4 drops
  • Calamine lotion (soothes skin and absorbs excess oil), as required

Step 1. Combine calamine lotion and tea tree oil in a bowl

Take some calamine lotion in a bowl and add 3 to 4 drops of tea tree essential oil as well
Combine calamine lotion and tea tree essential oil in a small mixing bowl
  • Squirt out a dollop of calamine lotion into a small mixing bowl.
  • Add 3 or 4 drops of pure tea tree essential oil.

Step 2. Mix well and apply on your face at night

Mix well and apply the tea tree oil night lotion on your face every night to get rid of acne
Blend and apply daily at night to get rid of acne
  • Mix well using a wooden spatula.
  • Gently apply and massage this mixture all over your face.

Do this every night before going to bed. The tea tree oil and calamine lotion will work overnight to dry up the zits or pimples and also reduce the redness and inflammation associated with acne.

Method 7: Tea Tree Oil Face Cleanser

Tea tree oil can also be mixed with activated charcoal powder to make a powerful cleanser to remove dirt and impurities that may block your pores, leading to acne breakouts. In fact, you can also use activated charcoal to make DIY peel-off masks for blackheads and DIY face washes to get clear skin.

This cleanser also contains skin-soothing and healing ingredients like aloe vera gel, coconut oil and honey that will nourish and hydrate your skin.

Things you’ll need:

Things needed to make tea tree oil face cleanser

  • Tea tree essential oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 2 drops
  • Activated charcoal (absorbs excess oil, removes dirt and impurities) – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh aloe vera gel (soothing and healing) – 1 tablespoon
  • Organic honey (acts as humectant) – 1 tablespoon
  • Pure, extra-virgin coconut oil (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Combine activated charcoal and honey in a bowl

Take activated charcoal powder and honey in a mixing bowl
Take activated charcoal powder in a mixing bowl and then add honey
  • Put 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of pure, organic honey.

Step 2. Add coconut oil, aloe vera gel and tea tree oil

Add coconut oil, aloe vera gel and tea tree essential oil as well
Next, add coconut oil, fresh aloe vera gel and tea tree essential oil as well
  • Add 1 teaspoon of pure, extra-virgin coconut oil.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel as well.
  • Add 2 drops of tea tree essential oil to finish it off.

Step 3. Mix well and use it to cleanse your face

Whisk everything together to get a uniform blend; use it to cleanse your face and prevent acne
Whisk well and store in a spray bottle; use it daily to cleanse and tone your skin
  • Use a motorized hand blender to thoroughly whisk the ingredients together.
  • Transfer the mixture to a pump bottle for storage and ease of use.
  • Squeeze some out on a cotton pad and use it to gently cleanse and wipe your face.

You can use this DIY cleanser every day after coming home from work to get rid of all the dirt and impurities collected throughout the day. You can safely store this tea tree oil face cleanser in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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