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Tea tree oil is a popular remedy. It helps treat several conditions and provides numerous benefits for the skin. Most people can tolerate it well.
Using tea tree oil for the skin may help with a variety of conditions. We cover some of these in the sections below.
Uses for tea tree oil include treating ance, oily skin, and itching.
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil may help treat acne.
The results of one study, which involved 14 participants with acne, support the use of tea tree oil for treating acne. The participants applied the oil to their face twice per day for 12 weeks. The researchers measured the efficacy of the tea tree oil based on any decreases in acne lesions.
There were 23.7 acne lesions across the 14 participants at the start of the study. By the end of the 12 weeks, the total number of lesions for the group had dropped to 10.7.
The researchers also found that the participants tolerated the tea tree oil well. Although mild peeling and dryness occurred, no serious adverse effects developed.
Therefore, the results indicated that tea tree oil may help treat mild or moderate acne.
Tea tree oil may also benefit oily skin. One study evaluated the use of sunscreen containing tea tree oil to determine whether or not it reduced oily skin in study participants.
For 30 days, the participants applied sunscreen containing tea tree oil to their skin. After 30 days, at least 1 out of 2 areas of the face showed a reduction in oiliness and a decrease in pore size.
Applying tea tree essential oil to the skin may help relieve dryness. Although studies on tea tree oil and skin dryness are lacking, decreasing inflammation may reduce dryness that typically occurs with irritation.
As a result of its anti-inflammatory effects, tea tree oil may also help reduce itchy skin.
One study in The Archives of Dermatological Research compared the use of zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate with that of tea tree oil in people with dermatitis.
The results revealed that tea tree oil was better at decreasing allergic dermatitis than the other topical agents.
Due to its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil may help speed up wound healing. However, studies in this area are lacking.
One small study, with four participants, compared healing times when using tea tree oil for wounds infected with Staphylococcus aureus. The researchers compared healing time using conventional treatment alone and conventional treatment plus the fumes from tea tree oil.
The results indicated that 3 of the 4 participants had decreased healing time in the wounds they treated using tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil contains terpenoids, which may have some benefits for the skin. Although research is not extensive, tea tree oil for the skin may have the following benefits:
How to use and safety
Never take tea tree oil orally, as ingesting it can result in serious health issues. Only ever apply it to the skin.
Tea tree oil is an ingredient in many products, including ointments, mouthwashes, lotions, and skin care creams. It is also available as pure essential oil. Most commonly, it is available in a 5% concentration, but higher concentrations are also available.
Apply tea tree oil to the skin after diluting it with a carrier oil or moisturizer. Diluting tea tree oil decreases the risk of skin irritation. It is also important to avoid applying the oil too close to the eyes, as exposure to the eyes may cause irritation and redness.
To use tea tree oil on the skin, mix a few drops with a carrier oil, and put it on the skin with a cotton ball. Another option is to place a few drops of tea tree essential oil in a warm bath. Apply products that contain tea tree oil, such as lotions, as the manufacturer directs.