Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, native to Australia. Tea tree leaf oil is known to have antibacterial qualities, the mechanism for this is not completely understood, but research shows that it could be due to an ability to damage the bacterial cell wall. It also has anti-inflammatory effects, due to its content of terpen-4-ol, which studies have shown reduces inflammation in the skin when applied topically. These functions make it a great ingredient for the use in acne treatments, both to kill C. acnes bacteria, but also reduce the associated inflammation.
Tea Tree Oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a natural essential oil derived from the leaves of the tea tree plant (Melaleuca alternifolia). In skincare, it is used for its potential antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tea tree oil offers benefits such as: - Acts as a natural antibacterial agent, helping to combat acne-causing bacteria and prevent breakouts. - Can help soothe and calm irritated or inflamed skin, making it beneficial for individuals with acne-prone or sensitive skin. - Provides antifungal properties, which can be useful in addressing certain fungal skin infections. - Assists in reducing redness and swelling associated with skin conditions, such as acne and minor skin irritations.
If any of the following apply Tea Tree Oil might be a good option for you:
If any of the following apply it might be best to avoid Tea Tree Oil:
Complete our quick quiz, then upload photos or book a video call (priced at £20 or £35)
Our award-winning AI analyses your skin before your aesthetician creates your personalised routine
Message your aesthetician with any questions and check-in as your skin changes for ongoing advice