Skin Care

Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has many benefits for the skin. Research indicates that tea tree oil can be used to treat skin conditions such as: acne, oily skin, dry skin, inflammation, and other skin conditions. However, this post will focus on the use of tea tree oil for acne along with makeup products that contain tea tree oil.

When used topically, tea tree oil can treat certain skin conditions or improve the overall appearance of your skin. When used topically, it is believed to be antibacterial. What is tea tree oil? It is an essential oil that comes from the streaming leaves of the Australian tea tree. Another name used for tea tree oil is melaleuca alternifolia oil.

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There are many home remedies that one can you tea tree oil with, however, I will focus on products that one can use to treat acne that contain tea tree oil. It is also important to note that one should not solely apply tea tree oil directly onto the skin. If you do decide to use tea tree oil, please make sure to dilute it.

Face Cleanser

It is important that if you are experiencing acne that you implement a daily face cleanser. You should be using a face cleanser once in the morning and once at night.

Using a face cleanser removes oil, dirt, dead skin cells, make-up and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face. A daily face cleanser helps unclog pores and prevent skin conditions.

My favorite cleanser is from Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel because it is a gel cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, oil, and make-up without drying the skin.

Another one of my favorites is from SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser. This cleanser is a non-irritating cream cleanser designed to purify the skin while diminishing the feeling of discomfort.


Acne Face Mask

A face mask is the perfect skin care treatment to treat your skin care concerns. Your skin will also thank you once you implement face masks into your skin care routine. The purpose of a face mask is to hydrate your skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. Using a face mask can help unclog pores and absorb environmental pollutants, oil, and dirt from your skin.

One product that I have used when I have not made my own face mask is from Dermalogica Clear Start (TM) Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask.

This mask has an active fizzing formula that effectively cleans pores and helps target blackheads.

Another face mask I’ve used if the e.l.f. Mattifying Mask.

This clay facial mask deep cleanses the skin to mattify and help reduce the appearance of pores.


Acne Moisturizer

If you have acne-prone skin it is important to use a moisturizer. Using a moisturizer can increase and lock the moisture on your skin and can prevent your skin from drying out. It’s even better if you use a moisturizer that includes an SPF of 15 or higher.

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I was once given a free sample of a Murad Clear Control 30-Day Kit. However, after using the moisturizer I fell in love with how it left my skin. Therefore, this is my go-to moisturizer when my skin is breaking out and oily. This is the moisturizer I use during the summer months.

Murad Balancing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 | PA ++

Spot Treatment

Products with tea tree oil have been effective when spot treating a pimple. There are many scenarios in which people have been known to apply many home remedies to spot treat a pimple. However, there are certain products that have worked wonders for me overnight.

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Usually, if I have a big event to attend, I end up with a pimple either on the middle of my forehead or on my chin. Therefore, I tend to rely on two products that always allow the pimple to disappear rather than drying it out and being unable to conceal it with makeup.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

There is magic in this small bottle. Just one drop of this world-famous Drying Lotion on a surface pimple or whitehead will heal and dry a zit virtually overnight. However, there isn’t any tea tree oil in this product. I apply two drops of tea tree oil when I use this product.


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  1. Catherine says:

    Nice display. Very colorful and cheery layout too.

    Do you recommend anything special for tough combination skin?
    I have had a tough time finding the right product for this issue.

    Great site!

    1. Nia M says:

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you for your feedback. What are the current products that you use? I could also do some research and make a post targeting “tough combination skin” products.

  2. Todd P Matthews says:

    I used a lot of these treatments back when my acne was bad. I’m happy to say that once applying such treatments, it’s amazing how quickly the condition recedes, as long as consistency is implemented. It took me time to find an effective treatment method but in the end, such perseverance paid off.

    1. Nia M says:

      Hi Todd,

      Yes, find what works and doesn’t work is a struggle. But eventually your skin will thank you.

  3. Amber Shock says:

    This is amazing! Thank you so much for narrowing down the best cleansers. I have been having a hard time finding solutions to clear up my skin. I definitely am going to try the e.l.f. Mattifying Mask. I had no idea tea tree oil was good for skin too. I’ve used it for other remedies in the household but not for this reason. Thanks!

    1. Nia M says:

      Hi Amber,

      No problem! Glad I could help with my post. Let me know how the e.l.f. Mattifying Mask works for you.

  4. Rick says:

    Thanks for sharing this post on tea tree oil , I have to admit I never actually realized where tea tree oil came from. I have used it for relief from a sore throat and insect bites and never realized the tea tree oil could be used to control acne . Just wondering what you would dilute it with if you were to apply it to your skin ?

    1. Nia M says:

      Hi Rick,

      Interesting how one thing can be used for various treatments. I usually dilute it with water/essential oils or I use it with a product.

  5. Andrew G says:

    Hmm interesting as I have never known this to be considered melaleuca. I suppose this tea tree oil has many other health benefits that I am also not aware of for daily topical use. I read this information to my wife as well. Thanks for sharing what we needed today.

    1. Hi Andrew, 

      Thank you for taking the time out to read my post and relying this information to your wife. 

  6. Olalekan says:

    Thanks for sharing this article on tea tree oil. I am not sure if I have came across it before but reading about its usefulness is amazing. I have issues with spot on n’y face after a pimple dry off. I think with this product I can get rid of it and make my face to be clean and spotless. I will recommend this to my wife as well. Thanks for this post. 

    1. Hi, 

      Thank you for taking the time to review my post. Yes, tea tree oil has many benefits. However, if you’re going to use it directly on your face please make sure to dilute it with water or another product. Please let me know how this works for you. 

  7. Wealthfather says:

    This is a lovely article and I must commend you for putting up this insightful article together. So many useful tips all on one page; I actually bookmarked to look further. I have heard about the tea tree oil before now and I appreciate the fact that you expantiated on it. I have a deep experience with acne moisturiser, This is the best of all as it prevents the skin from drying out.

    I hope other products will also work wonders.

    1. Hi, 

      Thank you for taking the time to review my post and thank you for your feedback. Let me know if you have any additional questions so that I can do the research and let you know.

  8. Michele says:

    I love tea tree oil, but tend to use it  diluted as a spray around the home, on my dogs rug etc.

    It is anti bacterial isn’t it  and have been told it is great as a fungal  treatment between the toes and toe nails  rather than using a prescribed cream.

    Great information here, we’re funny aren’t we, if a spot appears, we just want it gone, it can be so small to everyone else, but to us it is a mountain!

    Do you know of a product called ‘Solution 41’, by  Innoxa,  that was my go to in my teenage years.

    Thank you 


    1. Hi Michele, 

      Thank you for taking the time to review my post. Yes, there are many benefits to using this oil. We always want to look and feel beautiful ha. I have not heard of that product. I will look into it. Thank you. 

  9. Michael says:

    This is lovely!

    Having read through this product review, The brain behind the manufacturing of this product is great. I wonder how a product can be used to treat many infections. I think i can testify to the effectiveness of this product going by what I saw, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all the black spot on my uncle’s skin cleared after the use of tea tree oil within two weeks. The product is a magic!

    1. Hi Michael, 

      Thank you for taking the time to review my post. There are many benefits to using this oil. It’s a great treatment and my go-to for any skin problems. I’m glad to know it worked for your uncle. Let me know if you have any questions. 

  10. Dapoach says:

    Though this is the very first time am hearing of Tea Tree Oil for Acne, but i must confess that i have seen its benefits from your review on it. The variety of forms of products which it is made up of makes it worth giving a try.II particularly love it for been able to be used for spot treating pimples. This article has really been helpful. Thank  you so much

    1. Nia says:


      Thank you for your feedback. There are many benefits to tea tree oil for acne and dark spots. I’m gad you found my post helpful. Let me know if you have any questions.

  11. Wealthfather says:

    Great Content and Information. Thanks for this concise and thorough articleThis is a great and simple to follow guide on solutions to clear up rough skin. You laid it all out clearly and showed examples that helped emphasize your various points. 

    I have tested the works of Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel and I must tell you it works like magic; I hope to try other products anytime soon

    1. Nia says:


      Thank you so much for reading my post. I try to keep it short but to provide enough information to my readers. I’m glad you Clinique’s worked or you. It’s one of my go-to products. Let me know if you ever get to testing the other products I have listed. 

  12. Louis says:

    Acne can be a very demeaning skin disorder. People, especially teenagers, tend to develop low self esteem because of acne.

    Acne can be a very stubborn skin disorder. I actually tried a lot of products before I was able to deal with my acne breakout. Then again, I didn’t have an informative post, just like yours’, to help me with what to do to rid myself of acne. 

    Its important the face is cleaned regular to remove dead cells and cleanse the face of extra oil. I would also advise the use of an acne face mask to rid the face of this unpleasant experience.

    I know all the products you’ve listed would be really valuable, especially because of the presence of tea tree oil. Thanks for sharing

    1. Nia says:

      Hi Louis, 

      Thank you so much for your feedback! I always tell people that are struggling with acne to enjoy their journey because eventually it will be over. Then it will only be a memory, the more you stress about it the more likely you will continue to breakout. However, not everyone has someone to support them during this process. I’m glad you found my blog. Let me know if you have any questions. 

  13. Adamu2 says:

    wow, I almost hearing tea tree for the first time, have never come across it has something of good benefits to our skin. thank you for pointing down to the best cleanser acne.with this great article, I will order for some cleaner for the beautification of my skin.thanks for the insight

    1. Nia says:

      Hi Adam, 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post and provide feedback. There are many benefits to tea tree oil. You’ve never heard of tea tree oil? However, I have listed some products but I can research some products for men if you’d like. Let me know. 

  14. usman gagi says:

    Hi Nia,

    Thank you for sharing this great informational article about Tea Tree Oil for Acne. I have heard about the tea tree oil before and i appreciate the fact that you expantiat on it. I have had a tough time finding the right product for this issue.I suppose this tea tree oil has many other health benefits.I will share this article with my friends.

    1. Nia says:


      Thank you for your feedback. Yes, tea tree oil has many other benefits, however, my post is mainly talking about the benefits for acne. Thank you for sharing with your friends.

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