Both Tea tree and aloe vera oils have properties that might clear acne, says Nerys Purchon in her book "The Essential Natural Health Bible." Aloe vera oil is made of a small amount of aloe infused into a carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed oil, explain Carol and David Schiller in their book "Aromatherapy Oils: A Complete Guide." Since tea tree oil is a concentrated essential oil, the aloe and carrier oil blend can dilute the tea tree enough for it to be applied to the skin.
Pour 3.5 oz. of aloe vera oil into a liquid measuring pitcher.
Drop 40 to 60 drops of tea tree essential oil into the aloe vera oil.
Mix the oils with a spoon.
Pour the oils into a dark-colored bottle with a lid to store.
Apply oil to acne with fingers or a cotton ball.
Since tea tree oil is a strong oil, you might want to mix the minimum suggested amount with aloe vera oil first, and add more as desired.
A 2008 study described in the "Indian Journal of Dermatology" found that aloe vera enhanced the quality of skin, had antiseptic qualities and fought acne.
Tea tree might be antiseptic, antimicrobial and beneficial for acne, although more research is needed to back up these claims, states the Mayo Clinic website.
Essential oils can cause allergic reactions, so it is important to do a small skin test before applying them to large areas of your body. Consult a certified aromatherapist for the proper way to use essential oils. A dermatologist can help determine the best method to treat your acne.
- "The Essential Natural Health Bible"; Nerys Purchon; 2006
- "Aromatherapy Oils: A Complete Guide"; Carol and David Schiller; 1996
- “Indian Journal of Dermatology”; Aloe Vera: A Short Review; Amar Surjushe, Resham Vasani and D G Saple; March 2008
Sharon Therien has been writing professionally since 2007. She specializes in health writing and copywriting for websites, blogs and businesses. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Reiki Master with a Certificate in Fitness and Nutrition. Therien has a Master of Arts in sociology from Florida Atlantic University.