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Fight Acne Naturally with Tea Tree Oil Recipes

Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages. Tea tree oil is an effective natural ingredient that can help clear up mild to moderate acne. This essential oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant contains potent antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds that target acne-causing bacteria, reduce pimples and soothe irritation.


In this article, we’ll explore 25 excellent tea tree oil recipes for acne to get your clearest skin yet. From masks to spot treatments to toners, these recipes harness the power of tea tree oil to treat various types of acne and improve your complexion.


Tea Tree Oil and Bentonite Clay Mask

This amazing mask combines the deep cleansing properties of bentonite clay with the bacteria-fighting ability of tea tree oil for acne treatment.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons bentonite clay

  • 1 teaspoon tea tree oil

  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions: Mix ingredients into a smooth paste. Apply to face avoiding eyes. Let sit 10-15 minutes then rinse. Use 1-2 times per week.


Tea Tree Oil and Honey Mask

Raw honey moisturizes while tea tree oil disinfects pores in this soothing cream mask.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

  • 4 drops tea tree oil

  • 1 teaspoon milk or cream

Directions: Stir ingredients together well. Apply a thick layer to face and leave on 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Use 2-3 times per week.


Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera Gel for Spot Treatment

Dab this blend directly onto pimples to blast bacteria and reduce inflammation overnight.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon aloe vera gel

  • 2 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Mix together and use a Q-tip to spot treat pimples as needed. Do not rinse off.


Tea Tree Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

This solution helps balance skin’s pH while keeping acne-causing bacteria in check.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup water

  • 1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 8 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Combine ingredients and apply to face with a cotton ball after cleansing. Let dry. Use 1-2 times daily.


Tea Tree Oil, Lavender and Frankincense Acne Serum

This aromatherapeutic serum targets blemishes while calming inflammation and redness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil

  • 5 drops tea tree oil

  • 3 drops lavender oil

  • 2 drops frankincense oil

Directions: Mix oils together in a dark glass bottle. Apply 2-3 drops to blemishes twice daily after cleansing.


Tea Tree and Green Tea Skin Clarifying Lotion

This healing lotion for oily, acne-prone skin regulates sebum production while delivering anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup green tea, brewed and cooled

  • 1⁄4 cup witch hazel

  • 1 teaspoon tea tree oil

  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil

Directions: Combine ingredients in a bottle and shake well before each use. Apply to face with a cotton ball 1-2 times daily.


Tea Tree Oil Body Wash for Chest and Back Acne

This medicated body wash cleans the skin while preventing body breakouts.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup liquid castile soap

  • 1⁄4 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 15 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Mix together in a bottle and lather onto areas prone to body acne like chest, shoulders and back. Rinse well. Use 2-3 times weekly.


Tea Tree Oil and Brown Sugar Exfoliating Scrub

Gently buff away dead skin cells and debris to prevent pore clogging.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Mix ingredients to form a scrub. Gently massage into damp skin for 2-3 minutes then rinse. Use 1-2 times weekly.


Tea Tree Oil and Baking Soda Cleansing Powder

Sprinkle this antibacterial powder onto a wet washcloth to remove impurities without over-drying.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup baking soda

  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Stir ingredients together thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Use daily as a cleansing powder as needed.


Tea Tree Oil and Cucumber Face Spritz

Mist this cooling, refreshing toner over the face to instantly mattify shine and purify pores.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup purified water

  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

  • 5 drops tea tree oil

  • 3 drops peppermint oil

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

Directions: Combine in a spray bottle and shake before use. Mist onto clean face as needed for oil control.


Tea Tree Oil and Clay Soap Bar

Washing with this medicated bar helps clear bumps and pimples from shoulders, chest or back.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons bentonite clay

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 3.5 ounces goats milk soap base, grated

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 12 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Melt soap base and coconut oil in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in clay, water and tea tree oil. Pour into molds. Allow to set 24 hours before using.


Tea Tree Oil and Mint Cleanser

This refreshing gel cleanser deeeply purifies pores while leaving skin feeling cool and balanced.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup aloe vera gel

  • 3 tablespoons liquid castile soap

  • 1⁄4 cup water

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon jojoba oil

  • 8 drops tea tree oil

  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions: Whisk together ingredients in a bottle and shake before use. Dispense a quarter-size amount and massage onto damp skin. Rinse thoroughly. Use 1-2 times daily.


Benzoyl Peroxide and Tea Tree Oil Acne Treatment

This prescription-strength acne treatment combines 5% benzoyl peroxide with tea tree oil’s natural antibacterial effects for a powerful acne-fighting combination.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel or cream

  • Carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil

  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil

Directions: Mix a pea-size amount of benzoyl peroxide acne medication with 1 teaspoon carrier oil and the tea tree oil. Apply sparingly to breakouts once daily. Reduce application if excessive dryness occurs.


Tea Tree Oil Infused Hydrosol

Hydrosols are fragrant plant waters created during steam distillation. This one contains all the benefits of tea tree oil in a gentle, alcohol-free toner.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄4 cup tea tree hydrosol

  • 1⁄4 cup rosewater

  • 1⁄4 cup purified water

Directions: Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Mist over face after cleansing day and night. Can be stored in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.


Tea Tree and Neem Oil Blend

Neem oil enhances the antibacterial effects of tea tree oil for improved acne treatment.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon neem oil

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon jojoba oil

  • 6 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Combine ingredients in a rollerball bottle. Roll over blemishes and breakouts twice daily after regular acne treatment.


Tea Tree Oil Zit Zapper

Spot treat impending pimples quickly with this drying acne solution.

Ingredients:

  • 2 drops tea tree oil

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Cotton swab

Directions: Dip cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol then add 2 drops tea tree oil. Dab directly onto emerging pimples 3 times a day to dry them out.


Tea Tree Oil and Grapefruit Acne Fighter

Grapefruit cleanses pores while tea tree tackles bacteria in this clarifying treatment.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil

  • 4 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Mix ingredients and apply to blemishes with a q-tip 2-3 times a day after cleansing.


Tea Tree and Turmeric Anti-Acne Face Mask

Turmeric fades post-acne marks while tea tree oil prevents new breakouts in this medicinal blend.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon honey

  • 4 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Combine ingredients into a paste. Apply to face for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Use 3 times per week.


Tea Tree Oil Acne-Fighting Face Steam

Inhale antibacterial vapor to cleanse and open pores.

Ingredients:

  • Large bowl of hot water

  • Towel

  • 4-5 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Add tea tree oil to bowl of hot water. Place towel over head and carefully hover face over water to inhale steam for 10 minutes. Keep eyes closed and be careful not to burn face.


Tea Tree and Thyme Acne-Clearing Toner

Thyme oil boasts antibacterial activity similar to tea tree for double the acne cleansing power.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 8 drops tea tree oil

  • 6 drops thyme oil

Directions: Mix together in a bottle. Apply to skin after cleansing with a cotton pad. Let dry. Use morning and night.


Tea Tree Oil and Oatmeal Acne Soothing Mask

Colloidal oatmeal calms inflammation as tea tree oil treats active breakouts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon colloidal oatmeal

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 3 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Combine ingredients into a paste. Apply to face for 15-20 minutes then rinse off. Use 2 times per week.


Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel Astringent

Witch hazel and tea tree oil team up to reduce oil and tighten pores.

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup witch hazel

  • 1⁄2 cup water

  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Mix ingredients and transfer to a bottle. Apply to t-zone after cleansing using a cotton pad.


Tea Tree Oil and Activated Charcoal Soap Bar

Charcoal draws impurities from pores as tea tree eliminates acne bacteria.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon castor oil

  • 3.5 ounces goat's milk melt and pour soap base

  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal powder

  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay

  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Directions: Melt soap base over simmering water. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into silicone soap molds. Allow to harden 24 hours before use.


Using tea tree oil is one of the most effective remedies for clearing up blemishes naturally. The tea tree oil recipes and treatments in this article harness its antimicrobial power in many easy, affordable ways. Try out several and you’ll soon have your acne under control and be ready for clear, glowing skin.

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