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Tea tree oil for the face: benefits and how to use it

by Alivia Nyhan
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Tea tree oil for the face

Tea tree oil has multiple applications for the treatment of different skin diseases: acne, seborrheic dermatitis, fungi, and inflammation, but like any medicine, even if it is natural, it can have its adverse reactions and, even if they are minimal, they can be avoided with reasonable use.

Next, in this FastlyHealarticle, we inform you about the benefits of tea tree oil for the face and how to use it properly.

Properties of tea tree oil for the skin

Tea tree essential oil is obtained from an Australian bush whose scientific name is Melaleuca alternifolia. It is used to treat numerous skin diseases, but it must be done for a limited time and under specific control since, like all medications, it can have adverse effects. The properties of the tea tree make it have the following effects on the skin:

  • Antimicrobial: it has been scientifically proven that, above all, a substance present in the essential oil of the tea tree is called terpinene (terpinene-4-ol), which eradicates bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and parasites from the skin and mucosa.
  • Antifungal: as we have mentioned, it has a deleterious action on fungi. Therefore, it can be used for different treatments, including those aimed at combating seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Anti-inflammatory: terpinene-4-ol also has a marked effect on inflammation, which helps treat various facial skin disorders in which swelling is part of the picture.
  • Antioxidant: allows the skin to remain fresh and reduce the effects of the passage of time, that itself cannot be applied permanently, they must be short treatments, not very frequent, and with the product diluted to avoid irritation.

Tea tree oil benefits the face

From the above, it can be deduced that the benefits of tea tree oil for the face are many since it can be used to treat different pathologies, including:


One of the primary uses of tea tree oil is to treat a problem as delicate and annoying as acne. Comedones, blackheads, pimples, and inflammatory acne can be significantly benefited due to the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of the tea tree. In addition, a decrease in skin fat has been observed.

Dermatitis seborreica

It is a skin disease in which redness and scales appear on the side of the nose, eyebrows, and near the scalp. Even dandruff may appear. There are scientific works in which the tea tree is used as the main element to treat this pathology with outstanding results.


If the problem is only the appearance of whitish scabs, tea tree oil can be used in its treatment.

Infection prevention

For skin lesions or stings, diluted tea tree oil can be applied topically to work by preventing skin infection.

Melanoma and skin tumors

Professionals are also turning to tea tree oil with good results for treating skin tumors.

Infectious diseases

Certain parasites such as leishmaniasis can also be treated with this oil.

How to use tea tree oil for acne

As we have seen, acne is one of the primary uses of tea tree essential oil for the face. Studies have been done comparing it with medication commonly indicated by dermatologists, and it has been seen that it has good efficacy. For this to occur and adverse effects (such as irritation) can be avoided, the application must be carried out as follows:

  1. Before using the product on facial skin (maybe a day or two before), it is advisable to do a test on another area, for example, the skin of the hands, as some people may experience allergies.
  2. You must dilute tea tree oil in water. Although it can be better diluted in other substances called apolar solvents, these are very irritating to the skin. Three drops in 100 ml of pure water are enough, and stir so that the particles are as small as possible.
  3. Before applying this solution, you must clean the skin of your face using pure water and soap without perfumes or dyes.
  4. The next step is to get the pores to open, which you can do with steam. Heat water until it emits smoke, check that the temperature is not too high to avoid burns. Place your face on that steam for about 5 minutes.
  5. Dry your face and apply the prepared solution with a cotton ball, dabbing gently on the skin.
  6. Repeat this procedure every day for two weeks. Then, stop the treatment for two weeks, and you can use it again.
  7. During the two weeks that you do not use tea tree oil, you can use an infusion of sage or chamomile to keep the skin clean and without inflammation.

It would be best if you accompanied this treatment with measures that help you eliminate fewer toxins through the skin, improving its appearance from the outside and the inside.

Tea tree oil for acne

Care when using tea tree oil for the face

Tea tree oil should be used with certain precautions:

  • It must be diluted in water, as it can only be very irritating.
  • It should not be ingested in large quantities, although it can be used to treat some pathologies of the mouth and mucous membranes. This should only be done under medical prescription.
  • Applications should be limited in time, used for weeks only, and then discontinued use. In this way, irritation is avoided.
  • If you have sensitive skin, use it carefully, don’t forget to try another area to avoid irritation on the face.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any condition or discomfort.

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