Tea Tree Oil is a great anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and antiseptic solution. It has been known for thousands of years to treat certain skin conditions such as acne. The medicinal properties within tea tree oil have awesome acne anti-bacterial qualities that many people have found help treat, and some cure their acne problems.
This is simply one of the best natural acne remedies on the market. A claim that is also backed by various independent, professional and government studies which I have listed some of these below.
A 2004 NCCIH-funded review examined the ability of tea tree oil to kill bacteria and found that in vitro (in a test tube) studies may provide some preliminary evidence for the use of tea tree oil as an adjunctive (additional) treatment for wounds involving difficult-to-treat bacterial infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).(1)
In a study in 2007 by by the National Institutes of Health, a randomized double-blind clinical trial performed in 60 patients with mild to moderate acne vulgaris. The people were randomly divided into two groups and were treated with tea tree oil gel (n=30) or placebo (n=30). They were followed every 15 days for a period of 45 days. Response to treatment was evaluated by the total acne lesions counting (TLC) and acne severity index (ASI). The data was analyzed statistically using t-test and by SPSS program.(2)
The study had proved that a topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
A 2012 pilot study by the University of Western Australia had investigated whether treatment with a gel containing tea tree oil reduces numbers of acne lesions and improves acne in twenty otherwise healthy consenting participants. The hypothesis is that treatment with tea tree oil gel will result in a significant improvement in acne after 12 weeks of treatment.(3)
Another study performed in 1990 with a single-blind, randomised clinical trial on 124 patients to evaluate the efficacy and skin tolerance of 5% tea-tree oil gel in the treatment of mild to moderate acne when compared with 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion. The results of this study showed that both 5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients’ acne by reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions (open and closed comedones), although the onset of action in the case of tea-tree oil was slower. Encouragingly, fewer side effects were experienced by patients treated with tea-tree oil.(4)
How to use tea tree oil:
Topical use of diluted tea tree oil is generally considered safe for most adults. Don not drink it! But like many medicines and even natural herbal remedies, it can irritate the skin if you are not careful, and some people may be allergic.
The best way to apply it to your body is to wipe the skin gently using a soaked cotton ball in a pea sized portion of 5% tea tree oil. It can be applied to the face and other acne infected areas of the skin twice daily. Also, when you first use it, your skin may become irritated which is natural. This happens to most people. You can skip a day here between uses, and also use it only once daily until your skin gets used to it.
Read more research about tea tree oil at this link.
1. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health
2. U.S. National Library of Medicine – The efficacy of 5% topical tea tree oil gel in mild to moderate acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study.