tea tree oil

tea tree oilAcne itself is embarrassing enough. Unfortunately, once it heals, it leaves behind scars that are very difficult to remove, and these can cause just as much self-consciousness as the original blemishes. There are plenty of commercial creams that claim they can erase scars and dark spots, but they’re expensive and often ineffective, and they contain chemicals that can cause further damage to skin.

Don’t bother with those. Instead, try these home remedies for acne scars. They’re natural, affordable, and effective, and we’re about to tell you exactly how to use it. First, take a look at why it works.

Does Tea Tree Oil Help Acne Scars?

  • tea tree oil acne scarsResearch indicates that it lightens acne scars and scars from injuries without causing unwanted side effects.
  • It contains terpinen–4, an antimicrobial component that kills the bacteria that cause acne.
  • It heals wounded skin.
  • It moisturizes and restores the skin’s natural oil balance.
  • It penetrates deep into pores to remove toxins and prevent the clogging that causes acne and lightens the scars.
  • It reduces inflammation and removes dead skin cells to minimize scars.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Acne Scars

It is extremely potent. It should be used in combination with other natural ingredients that keep skin healthy and lighten scars, and it should be used in small amounts. Try all the methods below until you find the one that works best for you.

1. Tea Tree Oil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil purifies pores and moisturizes skin.

  • Mix 2 drops with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Apply mixture to clean skin and leave on 10 minutes.
  • Wipe off with tissues.
  • Repeat daily.

2. Diluted Tea Tree Oil

  • Mix ½ teaspoon with 2 teaspoons of water.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on a few hours or overnight.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Apply natural moisturizer like organic coconut oil.
  • Repeat daily to get rid of acne scars.

3. Tea Tree Oil and Baking Soda

Baking soda exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and lighten scars while restoring the skin’s pH level.  

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 drops, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Massage into clean skin, rubbing gently in circular motions.
  • Rinse with water, pat dry, and apply natural moisturizer.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

4. Tea Tree Oil and Brown Sugar

When used as a scrub, brown sugar gradually melts to exfoliate without causing irritation, and it contains glycolic acid which diminishes blemishes and scars. Tea tree oil and rosewater for acne are an incredible one two punch!

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of rose water, and 3 drops.
  • Massage into clean skin, rubbing gently in circular motions.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

5. Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera

Aloe vera soothes, softens, and moisturizes skin, and it repairs damaged skin cells. For added benefit, mix in the oil from 2 vitamin E capsules, which helps heal damaged skin.

  • Mix 2 drops with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on until dry.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

6. Tea Tree Oil and Honey

Honey moisturizes skin, bleaches away scars, kills the bacteria that cause acne, and helps heal breakouts.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey with 2 drops.
  • Apply to clean skin and massage for 5 minutes.
  • Leave on 20 minutes or until dry.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

7. Tea Tree Oil and Sandalwood

Sandalwood removes excess oil and exfoliates to detoxify pores and lightens scars.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder, and 3 drops with enough rose water to make a paste.
  • Apply as a face mask and leave on until dry.
  • Wet your fingers and massage gently.
  • Wash with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

8. Tea Tree Oil and Chickpea Flour

  • Mix 2 drops with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  • Massage into skin and leave on 5 minutes.
  • In a blender, mix 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt.
  • Apply as a mask and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Wet your hands and gently massage in circular motion for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Apply natural moisturizer.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

9. Tea Tree Oil and Lemon Juice

Lemon juice kills the bacteria that cause acne, and it bleaches away scars.  

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 drops, and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice in a container.
  • Close container and shake vigorously to emulsify into smooth, lotion-like consistency.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Massage for 5 minutes with wet fingers.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.
  • You can store this mixture in refrigerate for 3 days.
  • Do not apply to broken skin.

10. Tea Tree Oil with Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

  • Mix 3 drops, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon of water.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Apply natural moisturizer like organic coconut oil.

Best Tea Tree Oil for Acne Scars:

Always use 100% pure Australian tea tree essential oil. Thursday Manor, Desert Essence, and Tea Tree Wonders are trusted brands that can be ordered online. As of now, they can’t be found in stores. These brands may seem expensive, but they do not contain harmful chemicals and they don’t cause side effects. Remember to dilute tea tree oil when using it to fade acne scars, otherwise it may cause irritation or itching.

Tips and Precautions:

For best results, follow the advice below when using tea tree oil to lighten acne scars.

  • Always dilute it with water or carrier oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil.
  • Use of undiluted oil may cause irritation, blistering, redness, itching, and over-drying.
  • Use lotions and soaps that contain tea tree oil.
  • Use tea tree oil remedies short-term to avoid skin irritation.
  • Before starting regular treatments, do a patch test to find out if you are allergic to it. If you experience allergic reactions, consult your doctor.
  • Get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, and stay hydrated.

Have you tried any off these methods for using tea tree oil to lighten acne scars? Which ones worked best for you? Share your experience with us!

    1. It is hard to tell the exact time frame as everyone’s skin condition is different. So try the method regularly until you achieve the results. Apart from that eat a nutritional diet to heal from inside out. Exfoliate regularly to remove accumulated dead skin and toxins.

  1. I applied tea tree oil and aloe vera mixture overnight for 2 nights. Instead of the scars lightening up, older scars actually got darker (blacker). Is that supposed to happen? I did apply a little more tea tree oil than you recommended as I did not notice my skin being sensitive to it.

  2. Hi, am using the honey and tea tree oil remedy a over my skin as I do not just have acne spots I also have spots on my skin.plz how long will it take for the remedy to work or 4 black spots to all disappear

    1. It is difficult to tell the exact time as everyone’s skin is different. So, try the process regularly with some patience. You should be seeing improvement in few weeks.

  3. Hello my skin is irritated with creams as having lots of acne and water blisters from two months .how should I use tea tree oil to get my glowing skin back.

  4. I hv used tea tree oil directly to the pimple 3 days back n within few hrs the pimple has bulged out more prominently that it could be seen clearly its looking horrible not cured yet … plz suggest something to heal it..

    1. The tea tree oil should be diluted before applying it to the pimple directly. The direct application is the reason for the aggravation. Apply aloe vera gel to get relief from the reaction and pimple.

    1. As per your comment, we are not sure of the reason you want to apply the combination of vagina area. Can you explain us in detail?

  5. I have lots of dark spots in my cheeks ….Is it gud to apply tea tree oil with aloevera …And I have organic harvest tea tree oil….Is tat tea tree oil gud one

    1. Yes, you can use the combination of aloe vera and tea tree oil to treat dark spots. As it says organic, you can use it.

  6. Can tree tea toner good for pimple & cream that contain tree tea darling. Can I apply tree tea essential oil on my body I have a lot of black spot due to drug reactions

    1. Yes, tea tree oil is helpful for treating pimples and blackspots. However, make sure to dilute it before application.

      1. But if it does not cause irritation, can you then use it undiluted? I have been using it for a quite long time without diluting it, and my skin is without any irritation?

  7. Im at that teen stage for Acne and over the years ive been using Benzole peroxide and stopped not to long ago, is it safe to start using tea tree oil to rid the acne scars. Ps, the scars are dark in color.

    1. Yes, tea tree oil is completely safe to treat acne scars if diluted properly. We recommend following the instructions mentioned in the above article for treating the acne scars with tea tree oil. Make sure to patch test before applying on the acne scars. If you are experiencing any unbearable burning sensation with tea tree oil application, then stop using it and try any other ingredient like baking soda. You can find more information in this article – http://wellness.guide/baking-soda-for-acne-scars/

  8. im using aloe vera from the actual plant and organic TG Oil together with 2 drops as directed. and like someone else commented i too some of my scars got darker. is this the process so that they go away? i have do burning itching at all btw.

    1. If you are experiencing burning and itching after the application then the concentration of tea tree oil might be higher for your skin. We recommend reducing the tea tree oil quantity and try it again. If you are still experiencing discomforts or the scars get darker then avoid the application of tea tree oil. Apply only aloe vera and check if it helps.

  9. can i mix tea tree oil with vitamin e capsule oil n leave it overnight on face n wash it in morning my skin isn’t oily it’s combination skin type n i have scars n dark circles n tan on my forehead n discolouration around my mouth so i want them to disappear using this rather than expensive creams which haven’t worked i tired a lot of cream to get rid of them

  10. I have a dry and very sensitive skin. And I have acne on my cheeks. Is it good to use body shop tea tree oil with the combination of honey for dry skin ?

    1. Yes, the combination of tea tree oil and honey is effective in treating dry skin and acne. Combine 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 – 2 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mixture on your face and leave it undisturbed for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

  11. Hi I have acne scars and acne all over my body, can I use tee tree and coconut oils mixture everyday overnite to clear away scars and acne on my body?

  12. Hi, my skin on my innertight ( vagina área) is darker than the rest of my body, can I use Tea Tree Oil and Baking Soda to ligthen my skin?

    1. Yes, you can but make sure to patch test before trying out the treatment on the affected areas because the skin on the inner thigh is a little sensitive than the rest of the body.

  13. hi, i have acne on my upper chest and all over my face, how do i apply tea tree oil because i have a sensitive skin and what should i add to it to make it very reactive?

  14. Hello sorry i have dark spot due to some creams I used that contained chemicals. I use bought tea tree oil and I don’t know what to dilute it with to clear my dark spot.

    1. You can dilute tea tree oil with any vegetable oil like coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil. Apart from that, you can also use aloe vera, honey, lemon juice or just water for dilution.

  15. I have very hyperpigmentation dark spot due to acne scars , can I tea tree oil and vitamins e oil for acne dark spot? Thank you

  16. Hi, I have oily skin, and pimples are more on left side of my cheek. I’ve been applying tea tree oil directly and, By just dabbing over the pimple. Is it okay? And I’ve been applying on the marks left by the pimples.

  17. Hey I ve oily and acne prone faces do some dark spots .can I use a combination of tea tree oil, jojoba oil, lemon oil and vitamin e oil on my face every night overnight to clear it up?

  18. I want to clear a thing
    You guys says oily skin cause breakouts and scars but everyone recommend oils for treatment of acne and scars.
    Like I have normal skin and have some blemishes because of white heads .but i i use coconut oil,bio oil for skin,so can these oils make skin oiler and thaths why cause breakouts again and again

  19. i have dry skin can i use tea tree oil with alovera gel for overnight because i have acne scars and also i want to ask can i use tea tree oil and aloe vera gel for full face

  20. I applied 2 drops of tea tree oil & aloe vera gel & vitamin E for two days,, instead of lightening, my acne scars becoming darker,,, is it a process of healing sign or should I stop it instantly

  21. I mainly just have dark spots on my chest and upper shoulders and arms. They itch sometimes. I have very sensitive skin. What oil can I mixed with the tea tree oil? I would just apply almond oil and it made it worst.

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