Tea Tree Oil for Acne: 6 Simple DIY Pimple Remedies



The tea tree plant and the common black and green tea you drink (chai patti) are not the same. The tea tree plant is native to the Australian continent, and has been used in folk medicine, to treat skin conditions. Due to its inherent antibacterial and anti-allergic properties, you can use tea tree oil for acne, boils, and other skin infections. It’s antiseptic properties also help fight fight mouth, throat, and ear infections.

Tea tree oil is commonly combined with lemon, lavender, aloe vera, witch hazel, and carrier oils like coconut, olive, and almond, to prepare a variety of beauty remedies for the skin.

In this post you will learn:

  • How to use tea tree oil for acne
  • How to make a tea tree oil face mask
  • How to make a tea tree oil acne spot treatment
  • Where to find the best tea tree oil
  • How to dilute tea tree oil for acne


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How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Acne 

#1. Witch Hazel & Tea Tree Oil for Pimples

hazel and tea tree oil


  • Tea tree oil
  • Witch hazel toner

Directions: Add 6-7 drops of tea tree oil to a Witch Hazel toner (easily available online). Apply twice a day with a q-tip or cotton ear bud, after washing your face.

#2. Tea Tree Oil & Aloe Vera Gel Spot Treatment for Acne

aloe vera and tea tree oil


  • Tea tree oil
  • Aloe vera gel

Directions: For spot treatment of acne, dilute 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil in two teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Store the mixture in a glass vial. Apply twice a day with a q-tip or cotton ear bud, after washing your face. You can even use water, coconut oil, or almond oil instead of aloe vera.

Did you know? Aloe vera is a great anti-acne remedy, and a moisturiser too! Click and learn how to use aloe vera for a BRIGHT MORNING FACE!

#3. Clay & Tea Tree Oil Face Mask for Oily Skin

fuller earth


  • Tea tree oil
  • Clay/multani mitti
  • Rose water

Directions: Add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to the clay powder, along with rose water, to make a smooth paste.  Apply a thin layer on your face and let dry. Wash off with cool water, and follow up with a water-based foundation. Do this twice a week.

#4. Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil & Tomato Face Mask for Oily Skin


  • Tea tree oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Tomato pulp

Directions: Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil, 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, and the pulp of half a tomato, to make a chunky paste. Apply and leave on for 10 minutes, before rinsing off with warm water. Pat dry.

#5. Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil & Rice Flour Scrub for Glowing Skin

face mask


  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Olive oil
  • Castor oil
  • Rice flour

Directions: For the rice flour, grind half a cup of rice to make a very fine powder. Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of castor oil to the rice flour. Castor oil is an astringent that helps control oil secreted by your glands.  Add 3-4 drops each of tea tree oil, and lavender oil. Use the scrub twice a week as a part of your evening shower. You can use the scrub for the face, as well as the body.

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#6. Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, & Coconut Oil Overnight Face Mask for Acne

Contrary to popular belief, you can oil on your face, even if you have oily skin. Most products for oily skin tend to overdry the skin, consequently triggering the glands to secrete more oil. Coconut, almond, and olive oil hydrate the skin without overdrying. They help maintain the natural oil balance of your skin.


  • Tea tree oil
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Unrefined coconut oil

Directions: Use 1-2 drops of 100% pure tea tree essential oil, 2 tablespoons of 100% pure aloe vera gel, ½ teaspoon unrefined coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients until well blended. Apply a thin layer to your face at bedtime. Rinse with warm water in the morning.

#7. Tea Tree Oil & Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask for Blackheads


  • Activated charcoal powder
  • Gelatine 
  • Clay powder
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Hot water

Directions: Mix the charcoal powder with the clay and gelatine with a wooden spatula. The wooden spatula would preserve the properties of the gelatine. Add the hot water and mix well. Next, add the tea tree oil and mix once again.

Charcoal is another nourishing natural ingredient for oily skin. Read our post to try a few CHARCOAL FACE MASKS.

Other Tea Tree Oil Benefits You Should Know About

Tea tree oil as a natural deodorant

Tea tree oil is used for fighting odour-producing bacteria. You can make your own natural deodorant by combining tea tree oil with coconut oil and cocoa butter. Rub it in like a lotion.

Tea tree oil as a minor antiseptic

Tea tree oil can be used to clean and disinfect small cuts. Mix 1 drop of tea tree oil in some coconut oil, and apply over the affected area before putting on a bandaid.

Tea tree oil as a mouthwash

Tea tree oil is used as a chemical-free natural mouthwash. Add a drop of tea tree oil to half a tumbler of water. Use it to rinse your mouth.

Tea tree oil as an anti-fungal for nails

Due to its antiseptic properties, tea tree oil can also be used to to treat fungus growth in nails, especially toe nails. A mix of tea tree oil and coconut oil can be used as an antifungal ointment.

Tea tree oil as an anti-dandruff treatment

Tea tree oil is used for treating dandruff by many women and men. Just add a few drops to your hair oil to make an effective anti-dandruff treatment.

Tea tree oil as a remedy to soothe psoriasis

People dealing with skin problems, especially psoriasis will find tea tree oil based ointments extremely helpful in soothing the inflammation and itching. Again, a tea tree oil and coconut oil mixture can be easily used as a remedy.

Last Words on Using Tea Tree Oil for Acne

When using essential oils like tea tree oil, or lavender, there are certain precautions you should take:

  • Use essential oils only at night. Essential oils can make your skin photosensitive i.e. sensitive to light, and risk sun damage.
  • Like all essential oils, tea tree oil cannot be used directly on the skin because it might irritate the skin and has to be mixed with a carrier oil like coconut, almond or olive.

There are also some common doubts on tea tree oil that we’ve answered:

Can we apply tea tree oil directly on face?

No you cannot apply tea tree oil, or any essential oil directly on the face. Essential oils are too potent and applying them directly on the skin can cause redness, eruptions, and other reactions. Always mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in a ‘carrier oil’ like almond, olive, or coconut before using.

How to dilute tea tree oil for acne?

You can dilute tea tree oil with water, aloe vera gel, or any carrier oil like olive, almond, or coconut. Use an ear bud to apply the mixture to the pimple, and acne spots.

Where can I buy best tea tree oil?

Best tea tree oil list table

Tea Tree Oil Price
Nykaa Naturals Rs.233
Fabindia Rs.350
Organic Harvest Rs.360
Soulflower Rs.450
Aroma Treasures Rs.468
St. Botanica Rs.499
Aroma Magic Rs.550
Bodyshop Rs.645
Kama Ayurveda Rs.750
Vedic Line Aromatherapy Anti Acne Blend With Lavender & Tea Tree Oil Rs.180