Grow Tea Tree 70 Spot, $26 at Glow Recipe
How many acne creams do we see packaged like this? The sleek tube makes it ideal for traveling or stashing anywhere. The 70 in the name comes from the 70 percent tea tree extract concentration. With such a high percentage, many are probably concerned about the smell. Don't be. Leegeehaam is known for its scent-free, effective tea tree products. There's no piney odor, just an anti-inflammatory formula that reduces redness and spots.
Tea Tree Charcoal Facial Soap, $12 at Meow Meow Tweet
This zero-waste bar combines popular clarifying ingredients like activated charcoal and tea tree. Ground oats provide mild exfoliation to prevent pores from getting clogged and cocoa butter nourishes skin. Don't just use it on your face, the soap can be applied to your entire body to manage bacne and more.
Tea Tree Water, $10.95 at Lush
Spray-on toners make life so much easier so there's no excuse to skip this one. It's made with just six ingredients, including tea tree, grapefruit and juniper berry waters. The combination tones skin and helps manage excess oil and breakouts. There's no alcohol in the refreshing formula so it won't leave skin craving moisturizer.
Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask, $22 at The Body Shop
Apply this vegan sleeping mask before bed and wake up to clearer skin. It's made with hero acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and community-trade tea tree oil that make skin smoother, balanced and less greasy. It also targets the appearance of enlarged pores. Fall asleep without worry because the mask is breathable and won't stain pillows.
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil Travel Size, $40 at Space.NK
Oils can be good for acne-prone skin and it's time everyone realized it. The Sunday Riley Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil (get it?) brings together tea tree oil, black cumin seed oil, milk thistle, cucumber seed, licorice extract and salicylic acid to remove impurities and calm redness. The oil is bright green when it comes out of the bottle, but quickly absorbs into skin without leaving behind any greasy residue or color. This mini version is brilliant for traveling and seeing how effective it is before committing to the standard size.
Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray, $40 at DermStore
Having a skin care emergency? This naturally antiseptic spray will come to the rescue. Spritz it directly on your skin and Australian tea tree oil will fight pimple-causing bacteria without irritating complexions. The multipurpose product can be applied on your face and body. Furthermore, it makes a great foot deodorizer.
I'm Real Tea Tree Mask Sheet, $3.75 at Ulta Beauty
Classic tea tree oil gets used in a modern way with this three-layer cotton sheet mask. Carefully unfold the mask, then apply it to clean, dry skin. The layered design and tea tree-rich essence have been formulated to penetrate skin for the best efficacy. The anti-inflammatory product calms, brightens and balances skin. The essence is lightweight yet not overly runny and it genuinely smells nice thanks to the addition of jasmine, thyme, rosemary and lemon.
Deeply Clarifying Spot Blemish Treatment, $55 at Space.NK
This tiny bottle will go far. Mix a drop or two into any oil, cream or lotion. It functions as a booster to combat zits and keep skin balanced. The formula relies on Ayurvedic principles and natural oils to clarify skin and keep it looking its best. Besides antiseptic tea tree, it has antibiotic clary sage, nourishing juniper berry, soothing lavender oil and relieving clove oil.
Tea Tree Mask, $36 at Nordstrom
Mask whenever it's convenient with this purifying formula. It can be used morning or night to reduce the appearance of pores and clear congested skin. It has a host of pimple-fighting ingredients, like tea tree extract, salicylic acid, sulfur and grapefruit extract. Don't worry, it's not overly harsh. Lavender, mint balm and allantoin calm skin. After using the mask for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it away and skin will be balanced and dirt, debris and oil will be gone.
Problem Solution Essence, $42 at Sephora
Got problem skin? This soothing essence is the solution. After applying toner, rub it over your entire face. In addition to calming red skin, tea tree oil and white willow bark extract soak up excess grease, hydrate and keep problematic skin in check. The formula also preps your face for the next steps in your skin care routine. Those with sensitive skin should know that the front of the bottle helpfully lists everything the essence is formulated without, including mineral oils, synthetic dyes and fragrances and ethanol.
Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus Face Wash, $67 at DermStore
Begin fighting acne from the first step with this gluten- and fragrance-free cleanser. Pump a few squirts out of the chic bottle and the soothing mix of essential oils will remove dirt, oil and bacteria without stripping skin of its natural moisture. In addition to fighting zits, it treats enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation.
7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Mask, $1.99 at Ulta Beauty
Peel-off masks are as satisfying to use as pore strips. This pale green version utilizes purifying ingredients (tea tree, witch hazel, willowherb) to remove deep-down impurities, thus improving the appearance of pores and keeping breakouts at bay. And it does it all for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Dynaspot, $34 at Sephora
As soon as you feel a zit sprouting, apply a bit of this acne treatment. The fast-acting formula is designed to target the first signs of breakouts and soothe skin. Antiseptic ingredients like tea tree oil, salicylic acid, yarrow and zinc oxide treat without overdrying or irritating skin. The formula has a rosy, universally flattering tint that works under or over makeup and on a bare face.
There are plenty of options when it comes to ingredients that treat and prevent breakouts, from salicylic acid to sulfur. There will always be a new formulation that claims to be the best. As good as some of them may be, they often don’t completely replace tried-and-true favorites. A perfect example is tea tree oil, which has remained a popular natural solution to fight breakouts.
Dr. Robb Akridge says that tea tree is a small tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) native to Australia. Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves that are crushed to extract the oil. (In contrast, black and green teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant.)
Most of us associate tea tree oil with its acne- and grease-fighting capabilities. Susan Griffin-Black, co-CEO of EO Products, says the ingredient is excellent for these skin types because of the way it treats, tones and balances skin. Akridge adds that the ingredient can actually be used on a variety of skin types from dry to oily, depending on the formulation. “Tea tree oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties because it soothes the skin and can even be used on mildly irritated skin.” It can also be applied to cuts and to heal infections.
What’s more, Meghan Markle reportedly “cannot live without” tea tree oil, according to an Allure interview from 2014. If the Duchess of Sussex considers it a “cure-all,” surely the budget-friendly oil is good enough for us commoners.
Here are 13 tea tree oil skin care products that fight acne and oil.
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