Active Ingredient: Tea Tree

Rachel Gibbons Beauty Expert
Active Ingredient: Tea Tree

Everything you need to know about this acne-fighting ingredient, Tea Tree.

For those who’ve suffered from acne, I think we can all agree that Tea Tree used to be THE to-go anti-acne ingredient and although its status isn’t as high as it once was, it is still beloved by many. But why is that? Why was Tea Tree considered the best anti-acne remedy? Let’s talk about it.

Tea Tree is derived from the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant, either the leaves, branches or even both. It is mostly used as an essential oil for aromatherapy or formulated to be used as a spot treatment due to its purifying and astringent benefits that are said to combat acne-causing bacteria. However, fighting acne isn’t the only benefit of Tea Tree and can actually be used to target various skin concerns. Historically, Tea Tree was used in medicinal practices to help relieve coughs, fevers and congestions which is why many turn to Tea Tree oil for aromatherapy.



Reduces acne

  • Tea Tree is commonly used to treat acne due to its astringent, purifying and antibacterial properties that helps protect the skin against impurities and bacteria buildup that often result in breakouts.

Regulates sebum production

  • On top of reducing impurities buildup, Tea Tree can also reduce oiliness by removing the sebum on the skin’s surface without over-drying the skin and will regulate the skin’s oil production over continuous use.

Soothes the skin

  • Another reason why Tea Tree is great against acne is because it can also soothe the skin of inflammation, redness or swelling. Active acne is commonly characterized by its red tint that signifies the skin barrier being inflamed and damaged. By calming the skin, the skin will heal better.

Great for wound healing

  • The antibacterial properties of Tea Tree make it a great fit to help treat minor wounds, cuts and acne as it prevents infections and aids quicken the healing process.

Suitable for dry skin

  • Ironically, Tea Tree can also be used by those with drier skin types as it alleviates irritation or itching that is common to drier skin types and even those with eczema or psoriasis.


What to note?

  • When using Tea Tree oil as a spot treatment, please DO NOT apply it directly to the skin as it can cause redness and irritation. Please dilute the formulation with a carrier oil, with 12 drops of the carrier oil to 1-2 drops of Tea Tree oil.
  • As with all new ingredients and products, we advise people to conduct a patch test 24-48 hours prior to ensure that your skin won’t react negatively to the product.


Products we recommend and where to find them

As there are countless products that contain Tea Tree, either Tea Tree extract or Tea Tree oil. We’ve compiled a few brands and their products that contain any form of Tea Tree for easier navigation to find the product that best suits your skin type and concerns. The products range from cleansers, serums and masks, so that it’ll easily fit into any part of your skincare routine.


Tea Tree may seem to only be suitable for those with acne, congested or oily skin but that’s not true. Anyone can find solace in using a Tea Tree infused product, all you have to do is find one that fits you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below.

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