10 Simple Methods of Using Tea Tree Oil to Cure Acne

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Let’s just take a moment of silence for all those times the stubborn acne has ruined the perfect picture, the perfect date or taken a toll on our overall confidence.

Well, we are pretty sure it’s going to take more than a moment. But, behold!

Today, we are going to end that misery of yours with none other than, the miraculous tea tree oil!

If you are one of those who has been taught that acne and oils aren’t really the greatest of friends then, it’s time to change that notion for good.

Why tea tree oil?

To begin with, tea tree essential oil is nothing but powerful oil that is derived from the plant Melaleucaalternifolia which is native to certain parts of Australia.

This essential oil has many antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can not only treat acne but also heal the skin to improve the overall texture of it.

Believe it or not, the topical application of tea tree oil can prevent and get rid of most causes of acne including clogged pores, bacterial infection or even environmental pollutants.

So, shall we begin?

Here, we have curated a list of 10 versatile ways you can use tea tree oil to combat acne and get the skin of your dreams!

1.Direct application

If you are someone who doesn’t really have a lot of time to dedicate to DIY’s then, this is the perfect solution for you.

However, when it comes to essential oils always do a patch test before directly applying it to the skin.

You will need:

  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Clean Cotton swab(ear bud)/ cotton ball
  • Distilled Water
  • Freshly washed clean towel

Step 1:

The first thing you need to do is wash your face with a gentle and mild face wash. Then, pat the face dry with the towel without harshly rubbing it since you do not want to further irritate the skin and make the acne worse.

Step 2:

Now, take a few drops of the tea tree oil and soak a cotton swab/cotton ball in it. Then, apply it directly to the parts of the skin where you have acne.
Here, if you have extremely sensitive skins then add a few drops of water in the oil before soaking the cotton in it.

Step 3:

Once you have applied the oil to all the acne spots then, you can either leave the oil on the skin for a few hours or leave it overnight and wash it off in the morning.

You will see a significant difference in the size of the acne with just one application.

2. Use it as a toner

Most of us have already figured out the benefits of adding a toner into the skin care routine. However, if you are someone for whom the toners available in the market aren’t quite working then, you can make an anti-acne toner in your kitchen!

You can use these toners twice a day for best results.

DIY 1:

For this, you will need tea tree oil, coconut oil, rose water and a small container to store this toner.

All you need to do is, fill 70% of the container with distilled water and fill the rest 10% with coconut oil and the remaining 20% with tea tree oil. Shake the container to mix it all together.



Now, your toner is ready!

DIY 2:

In this recipe, you need the mighty tea tree oil, organic and unpasteurised apple cider vinegar and distilled water or rose water.

Start by filling 3/4th of your toner container with distilled water or rose water. Then, add 3-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 4-5 drops of the tea tree oil in it. Mix well and you are done.

You can use this toner 2-3 times a day if you have combination to oily skin type.

DIY 3:

Here, you will need tea tree oil, witch hazel/ glycerine and rose water.

In a container, add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and witch hazel to 7-8 drops of rose water. Mix well.

This toner is not only help soothe and calm the acne but also tighten and reduce large pores of the skin.

You can use this toner every night to get the best out of it.

3. Use it in face packs

Yet another great way of using tea tree oil is to add them into face packs.

Face packs are a great way to subdue irritated acne prone skin and by adding tea tree oil into it you will turn them into an acne fighting blend.

·Tea tree essential oil, raw honey and yogurt

In a bowl, take equal parts of raw honey and yogurt and add 2-3 of tea tree oil to it. Mix it all together and apply it over the face and neck. Leave it on for about 2 minutes and rinse it off with a gentle cleanser.

You can use this face pack 2-3 times a week for best results.

· Tea tree oil, milk, nutmeg, turmeric and chickpea flour

Take 4-5 tablespoons of chickpea flour and add 1/4thteaspoon of turmeric and nutmeg, 2 tablespoons of milk and 3-4 drops of tea tree oil to it.

Mix all the ingredients well to form a smooth paste. Apply and leave it on till it dries off. Rinse with warm water.

Use this pack once a week.

· Tea tree oil, Multanimitti (fullers earth), Lime juice and ripened banana

In a bowl, mash ½ a banana and add 2-3 table spoons of Multani mitti, ½ teas spoon of lime juice and 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mixture to the skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

Wash well. You can use this pack 2-3 times a week.

4. Use it in a scrub

It’s very important for people with acne prone skin to gently exfoliate in order to get rid of the dead skin cells as well the excess sebum that could clog pores.

To make the scrub even more effective you can add a few drops of tea tree oil into it.

  • Tea tree oil, Sugar granules, coconut oil and honey

In order to make this scrub, take 2-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil and 3-4 drops of tea tree oil and mix them all together.

  • tea tree oil ,Oats , cinnamon and olive oil

For this scrub, mix 2-3 tablespoons of oats, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 3-4 drops of tea tree oil together.

Your scrub is ready!

5. Use it to remove makeup and dirt

If you are someone who wears makeup then, you already know how crazy the skin can get if the makeup isn’t removed properly. However, the makeup removers available in the market do more harm than good to the skin.

This is where, the tea tree oil comes to the rescue!

You can make your own make up remover by mixing tea tree oil with a carrier oil preferably coconut oil. All you need to do is add a few drops of that mixture on a cotton pad and wipe the skin with it.

This will get rid of all the dirt present in the skin that might lead to breakouts,

6. Mix it with your makeup

Even though makeup can often be quite helpful to hide all those unwanted imperfections, they can also be the problem that’s causing them in the first place.

Especially, if you acne prone skin you know how the foundations and concealers can further irritate active acne. In that case, you can add a drop or two into your make up base to prevent the formation of bacteria due to it.

Also the application of tea tree oil can smoothen the application of creamy or liquid makeup.

7. Take steam with it

People with acne can all vouch for the amazing effects steam has on their skin.

A great way to get the combined effects of both the steam and tea tree oil, is to add a few drops of tea tree oil to your steamer.

However, make sure you don’t let the steam get in to your eyes.

8. Make an anti-acne serum

A great way to make a magical potion to get rid of acne is to make a serum with essential oils like the tea tree oil.

You can make an anti- acne serum by mixing equal parts of tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, clary sage oil, lemon essential oil and jojoba/ argon oil.

Even though these essential oils might not be native to where you live, you can easily find them on various shopping websites. Sometimes these essential oils can be quite expensive, so, you can look out for different coupons & deals to save good amount of money.  Use this homemade serum every night before bed and you will see a difference in just a few days.

 9. Use it with aloe Vera gel

Just like tea tree oil, aloe Vera gel has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This is why an aloe Vera and tea tree oil mask makes for the perfect duo.

All you need to do is, mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to the aloe Vera gel. You need to leave the gel on your face for a minimum of 30 minutes or you can also leave it overnight.

10. Mix it with your night cream or moisturiser

Since most skin cream companies have now understood the craze behind the benefits of tea tree oil, they have started to make products ‘tea tree’ specific.

However, adding a few drops of tea tree oil directly into your night creams and moisturisers is going to be way more effective for you.



This is a great way to nourish the skin and fight off acne at the same time.

These above mentioned easy and effective methods using tea tree oil are completely going to change your skin and give to an acne free glowing skin.

However, you need to remember that there are many factors that can lead to the formation of acne on your face. So, make sure you find the root cause of your acne before you start treating it!

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