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How to Make Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Discover how to make tea tree oil for acne treatment

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is known to help treat acne problems. It is commonly found in natural products designed to treat acne problems.

Our detailed article Tea Tree Oil for Zits reveals all the scientific studies done on this oil for treating acne so we won't discuss it here.

Read on below to find out several formulations that can be made for effectively treating acne outbreaks...


Recommendations - Water-Based Formulation of Tea Tree Oil

You can buy 100% pure tea tree oil from most pharmacies or your health food stores. For diluting it, use distilled water.

Tea tree oil needs to be diluted as applying full strength may cause significant irritation. Studies show that a 5% tea tree oil formulation offers the best balance between effectiveness and low irritation.

Always test the formulation on a small area overnight to see if you develop any significant irritation. Always do this before using tea tree oil solution over all the acne areas.

For those who do develop irritation, make a 2.5% strength instead.

The best time to apply tea tree oil for acne is when your skin pores are opened. This happens after you take a hot shower or when you hold a hot wet towel over your face. This will allow the treat tree oil solution to penetrate deeper into the oil glands.

Apply this solution twice daily if possible. If not, apply at bedtime.


5 % Tea Tree Oil Acne Solution
Tea Tree Oil
Distilled Water
5 mL (1 teaspoon) 95 mL
2.5 mL (1/2 teaspoon) 48 mL

It is best to use a measuring syringe and a calibrated measuring cup to measure these quantities out to get the best accuracy. These supplies can be purchased from your local pharmacies or from most arts and crafts supplies stores.

See the article Converting drops to mL in case you are still used to using drops instead of the more accurate unit of milliliters (mL).


2.5 % Tea Tree Oil Acne Solution
Tea Tree Oil
Aloe Vera Gel
2.5 mL (1 teaspoon) 97 mL
1.3 mL (1/2 teaspoon) 49 mL
Instead of using aloe vera gel, this tea tree oil acne fighting formulation can also be made in a perfume-free moisturizing cream as well.


Recommendations - Gel-Based Formulation

Some people prefer a gel-based formula rather than using a liquid. This is a matter of personal preference.

To make a gel formulation, substitute aloe vera gel for distilled water.

It may be slightly more difficult to make a gel formulation as you may need to use some basic compounding equipment such as a mortar and pestle. (Sorry, as pharmacists, we have easy access to such cool stuff!)

See our article Tea Tree Oil Dilutions and Techniques for additional information.

Many natural health stores that carry aromatherapy supplies may have some basic supplies and equipment in stock. If not, some pharmacies may be willing to special order these in for you.

Hopefully this article answers your questions on how to make tea tree oil for acne treatment.


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