Tea tree, also known as melaleuca oil, is a natural skincare product that is traditionally used for lots of different skin complaints. …read moreSee less
Some ways people use tea tree essential oil as a herbal remedy include treating acne, small wounds, insect bites, and reducing the itching and irritation caused by athlete’s foot.
It’s thought to help by killing bacteria and reducing inflammation and is perfect for those who prefer natural remedies to medicated skincare products.
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Does tea tree oil have any side effects?
Like many medications and herbal remedies, tea tree oil can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Some of the most common side effects of this remedy include:
- Mild burning sensation in the area of application
- Contact dermatitis, showing symptoms such as dry, cracked, inflamed, or blistered areas of skin
- Allergic reactions
If you experience these or any other side effects while using tea tree oil, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist if necessary.
For more information about the side effects of your own tea tree oil, please see the patient information leaflet that’s included with the product.
How do you use tea tree oil for acne?
If you want to use tea tree oil for your skin or to soothe spots or mild acne, then you can pick up some pure tea tree oil or use skin care products that contain tea tree oil.
If you decide to use pure tea tree oil for your skin, we’d recommend putting a couple of drops onto a cotton wool ball or cotton bud and using this to apply the tea tree oil directly to the area you wish to treat.
If you find that undiluted tea tree oil is too harsh on your skin, dilute 25 – 30 drops of the oil in 100ml of water and use this solution on your skin instead.
Do not apply tea tree oil to broken, inflamed, or infected areas of skin.