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Tea Tree Oil for Acne

By June 30, 2008

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One of the more popular home remedies for acne is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. It has been found to have anti-microbial properties, so it is often applied topically to acne lesions to kill acne-causing bacteria.

What many people don't realize about tea tree oil is that overzealously dabbing the undiluted oil onto acne lesions can irritate skin, causing as redness, blistering, overdrying, and itching. The overdrying can even worsen acne. Find out more about tea tree oil and acne, including research, tea tree oil sources, and safety concerns. Tea Tree Oil for Acne.

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January 16, 2008 at 10:08 pm
(1) Health research guy says:

I have not heard of that one before. I personally am tired of tring natural things. It’s time for me to just go and ask a dermatologist and get on some medication.

April 3, 2008 at 8:20 am
(2) Tracy says:

I bought a tiny roll on container of a tea tree oil mix that was excellent. It worked while I used it. Think it came with a kit from walmart. One for boys another for girls along with herbs or something. Currently acquired a bad outbreak & put some pure tea tree oil on it 15 min ago. A little greasy.

July 30, 2008 at 1:18 pm
(3) Bart says:

Tea tree oil works best when used at very low concentrations. I have rosacea and I am also the developer of natural rosacea treatments that contain tea tree oil in low quantities. Tea tree oil works well for many people with acne and rosacea.

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