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Has anyone out there tried tea tree oil for acne? It's antimicrobial properties are supposed to be a great natural remedy. I have heard that the undiluted oil can be a bit harsh, but that a mixture of the oil with water can work well.

Katie from SLN asked this
June 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

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I've never tried it before. But I did find an article comparing the effects of tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide. After reading this, I feel like I'd give tea tree oil a try.

"A single-blind randomized trial by the Department of Dermatology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia compared the effectiveness and tolerance of 5% tea tree oil gel with 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion in 124 people with mild to moderate acne. People in both groups had a significant reduction in inflamed and non-inflammed acne lesions (open and closed comedones) over the three month period, although tea tree oil was less effective than benzoyl peroxide.

Although the tea tree oil took longer to work initially, there were fewer side effects with tea tree oil. In the benzoyl peroxide group, 79% of people had side effects including itching, stinging, burning, and dryness. Researchers noted that there were far fewer side effects in the tea tree oil group."

For more information you can go to http://altmedicine.about.com/od/teatreeoil/a/teatreeoilacne.htm.

Bri Luginbill answered
June 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Oh yeah! I saw that too! I know there are a lot of products that contain tto, but I've never tried just the oil... we'll have to see:)

Katie from SLN answered
June 28, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I've never heard of it for acne, but one of my favorite hand sanitizers was a tea tree oil based product from The Body Shop. Since then they appear to have discontinued it, but I lucked out and my local store had one left in the back that the manager let me purchase.

Big Dave from SLN answered
July 1, 2011 at 12:50 PM

enough of. Sometimes I'll get headaches three or four times a week, and it can be exhausting - especially since I'm

Julin answered
January 18, 2012 at 2:54 AM
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