Tea tree oil







Where does it come from?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted by distillation from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia. Australians have used this plant for a long time as antimicrobial.


There is increasing evidence that support the utility of this essential oil for acne. A recent study from an Australian group investigated commercially available gel (200 mg/g) and face wash (7mg/g) in participants with mild to moderate acne. They found a reduction of 54% of lesions at 3 months.

Side effects

Overall these products are well-tolerated. Some patients might experience dryness, scaling or peeling

Main recommendation

If you like to use natural products, this particular essential oil is a good option to use. It is a complementary option in cases of mild to moderate acne. If you experience any side effect, discontinue.



  1. Malhi HK, Tu J, Riley TV, Kumarasinghe SP, Hammer KA. Tea tree oil gel for mild to moderate acne; a 12 week uncontrolled, open-label phase II pilot study.¬†Australas J Dermatol. 2017 Aug;58(3):205-210 

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