Method of Extraction: Steam distilled from the leaves of the tree
Tea tree has antimicrobial properties and is effective against the bacteria which cause acne. Tea tree has anti-inflammatory properties which are useful for dealing with the inflammation of acne. A study found that tea tree essential oil is effective for treatment of mild to moderate acne vulgaris.
A study conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred proved that 5% tea tree gel is effective for treating mild to moderate acne. This 5% tea tree gel was shown to work just as well as 5% benzoyl peroxide in treating acne but it produced results at a slower rate but with fewer side effects.
Tea tree essential oil can cause contact dermatitis In some people. Never forget to do a patch test before using the oil on your face. To do this, add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to a teaspoon (5 ml) of olive oil and apply the mixture to the inside of your elbow.
Bandage the area and wait for 24 hours to see if you will develop itchiness, rashes or any other signs of an allergic reaction. If you do, do not use it on your face.