Tea Tree Oil for Acne – Easy Gel Recipe

If you’re using benzoyl peroxide to treat acne, you’re not doing your skin any favors. In fact, it dries and damages skin and can actually make acne worse.

Why not switch to tea tree oil for acne and get all the benefits with few if any side effects?

In a study done by the Department of Dermatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW, compared a 5% tea tree gel to a 5% benzoyl

peroxide lotion. The results demonstrated that both the benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil gel produced significant results in reducing acne lesions. Though the tea tree oil gel was slower to act, there were fewer side effects.

Using tea tree oil for acne with aloe vera gel is a winning combination. Aloe vera gel is noted for its ability to nourish and heal the skin, as well as prevent scarring.

Tea tree oil gel recipe

  • 1  tsp (5 ml) tea tree oil – for acne
  • 9 tsps (45 ml) aloe vera gel – for healing

To use the gel, first, wash the affected skin areas and gently pat dry with a towel. Then apply a small amount of the gel and rub it in gently.

When using tea tree oil for acne be sure and test it on a small patch of skin. A small number of people experience an allergic reaction.

Now go have fun and relax.

Recommended products:


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24 thoughts on “Tea Tree Oil for Acne – Easy Gel Recipe

  1. Tea tree oil is very strong in fighting against bacteria because it has strong antibacterials. To use it bare, you can plunge a cotton piece into the oil then place it on the affected skin. ITS VERY STRONG THOUGH – and I have sensitive skin. I like Tea Tree oil mixed in other products. Citrus Clear products use Tea Tree Oil, and I found that the Citrus Clear products worked better than just using plain tea tree oil. Especially cause my skin is so sensitive. No breakouts since I started that routine.

  2. I would also really like to know where everyone is getting their aloe? I could only find some Aloe gel at Walgreens but it has a number of other ingredients listed in with it….

  3. I made this recipe a couple weeks ago for my son (age 13) and it is at least keeping any new outbreaks from getting out of control but hasnt cleared his face up yet. His entire face is covered with acne though…how long should it take?? He mostly have red marks where acne was present now but wondering how to get rid of those??

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for the offer, but we’re primarily a teaching site. We are not in the product manufacturing business.

  4. also I tried this with concentration withjobobo oil it was good for a week but after it caused a rash . when I test it on my arm its fine. How much should you put on your face?

    1. Did you also use the tea tree oil? If you substituted, that might be the problem. tea tree oil has antibacterial qualities not found in jojoba oil.

  5. how do you make sure the tea tree oil goes into all the gel evenly surely you just get left with areas which are higher than 5% or lower

    1. Hi there,

      This is only a two ingredient recipe. I don’t believe you will find it ready mixed. However, it’s very easy to prepare.

  6. This is my ultimate acne/acne scab cure! I haven’t had skin this clear in years! I leave it on my problem areas overnight and they are noticeably lighter and less crusty in the morning! It’s even fading my light acne scars. You MUST try it if you haven’t. What have you got to lose?!

  7. I don’t know if I didn’t put enough amount of aloe vera gel but it burned my skin and I teared up after 3 minutes so I had to go and wash it off :<
    Guess I'll need to put a moderate amount of this next time…

    1. Some people are sensitive to tea tree oil. Try a spot of the formula on the inside of one elbow to test for sensitivity. If you have no reaction, perhaps there was an error in your formula that threw the ratio of tea tree to aloe vera off. If not, cut the tea tree oil back to 1/2 teaspoon to 9 teaspoons aloe vera. Sometimes it’s necessary to tweak formulas to the needs of an individual.

      Be sure and check back with us and let us know how it went.

  8. When my son turned 15 he really started to break out. I made a batch of this gel to try. It worked so well that now all of the neighborhood teens are asking for it. The pimples just seem to fade away. The added perk: This is all natural with no harsh chemicals.

    1. I would like to know how long can a batch of this gel last…wouls like to try it..and please let me know how much tea tree oil and aloe vera…thanks again

      1. 9 teaspoons (3 tablespoons)aloe gel
        1 teaspoon tea tree oil

        It should last a long time due to the antibacterial nature of tea tree oil, but I would store it in the fridge.

  9. I put a bit of tea tree oil on my pimples and it’s quite good at calming down the redness and helping the healing process. Only you need to put moderate amount of tea tree oil to prevent dryness of the skin.

  10. 1 part tea tree oil to 9 parts aloe equals 11% solution not the 5% used in the study. I have seen this mistake all over the internet.

    1. Thank you for your comment. You’re absolutely right, the recipe isn’t a 5% solution that the study used. Instead we used a 10% solution or 10% tea tree oil X 50 ml total blend = 5 ml of tea tree oil to 45ml of aloe Vera gel. If you want a 5% solution, that would be 5% tea tree oil X 50ml total blend = 2.5ml of tea tree oil to 47.5ml of aloe Vera gel.

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