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Natural Acne Treatments with Tea Tree

Banish breakouts naturally with active herbs and acids

Written by: 100% PURE®

100% PURE Tea Tree products for acne

Acne: skin’s arch enemy. When faced with a breakout, we’ll go to great lengths to stop pimples in their tracks. After desperate measures and multiple acne treatments, we realize too late that we may have done more damage than damage control.

Common acne products are laden with harsh alcohols and chemicals, which can worsen your acne instead of offering long-term solutions. It’s time to scout the enemy territory and fight back with natural acne treatments! We’re unveiling the benefits of plant-based ingredients, and how our newest collection will have you saying adios to those pesky pimples!

Why We Use Plant-Based Ingredients (and Avoid Common Ones)

We have a long history of plant-based natural acne treatments – and for good reason! The natural healing and antibacterial properties of plant-derived ingredients are second to none.

Rather than stripping your skin of essential moisture or aggravating acne, plant-based treatments can naturally calm acne inflammation and keep your skin’s pH in balance. Natural acne treatments can also be more approachable for dry or sensitive skin types than those made with harsh alcohols and acids.

With that in mind, it’s no wonder why we would steer clear of using common ingredients found in most mainstream acne products. These culprits include chemicals, acids, alcohols, and other stripping ingredients. These skin-irritating ingredients are not only stressing out your skincare, they are also wreaking havoc on your skin.

We want to avoid acne treatment products with excess alcohol, especially acne treatment products that contain pore-clogging silicone. Alternative acne therapies with ingredients such as tea tree oil have been more popular for their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. They’re also more desirable than conventional treatments, due to fewer known side effects.

If you’re already deep into enemy territory, don’t stress! We’ve got your back with a new collection of super-concentrated natural acne treatments.

Our Natural Acne Treatment Collection

Researching and utilizing the best ingredients for acne is what we do best! While we (begrudgingly) accept that certain factors out of our control can trigger acne – hormones, medications, environmental elements – we know that we can control which products we use. They must harmonize with our unique skin type and should focus on specific areas of concern instead of acting as a ‘blanket’ treatment that might be too harsh for our skin.

Tea tree oil is a true acne-fighter and a natural alternative to common chemicals that will have pimples packing up for good. Known for its superstar antibacterial and anti-inflammatory powers, this essential oil is the holy grail for natural acne treatments. That’s precisely why it’s a star ingredient in our newest acne treatment collection!

Without further ado, say hello to our newest acne treatment team!

Tea Tree flowers for acne treatment

Key Ingredients:

  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil (calming, unclogs pores, detoxifies)
  • Neem Seed Oil (calms acne and eczema)
  • Oregano Leaf Oil (neutralizes acne-causing bacteria)
  • Thymol (powerful antimicrobial lessens the potential for acne)
  • Coco Betaine (biodegradable surfactant derived from coconut oil)

Key Benefits:
This ultra-refreshing cleanser is your daily go-to for removing surface impurities from the skin. It uses calming botanicals to soothe active blemishes that might feel painful or inflamed, and gentle surfactants to cleanse the skin without over-stripping natural lipids.

This daily cleanser is packed with acne-fighting herbs. Many studies name oregano, thyme, and Thymol as the 3 most powerful antimicrobial herbs for acne. Thymol – a natural component of thyme – has natural preservative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Rosemary is a superior herbal compound for balancing sebum production, making it ideal for oily and acne-prone skin.

What to Expect:
Expect an instant cooling sensation on the skin, reduced oil, and squeaky clean skin that still feels hydrated.

Neem - ingredient used with tea tree to combat acne

Key Ingredients:

  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil (calming, unclogs pores, detoxifies)
  • Neem Seed Oil (calms acne and eczema)
  • Azelaic acid (sourced from grains; gently exfoliating, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory)
  • Salicylic acid (sourced from Willow Bark; unclogs pores, gently exfoliates)
  • French Green Clay (removes excess oil, gently exfoliates, brightens)

Key Benefits:
Our Tea Tree Deep Detox Mask is a concentrated, clarifying mask made with natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients. This mask is a skin-win for soothing inflammation and detoxifying pores, using active herbs and gentle acids.

The dark green paste can be easily applied and rinsed, lifting away deep-set impurities that lead to stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. We love this mask for detoxing the skin after drinking or eating poorly, or during our period to calm hormonal breakouts. French green clay assists in reducing excess oil, to erase shine and clear clogged pores.

What to Expect:
Expect an instant cooling sensation, and for skin to appear calmer with reduced redness and swelling. The complexion should feel deeply cleansed, smooth, and refreshed without an uncomfortably tight feeling.

Turmeric powder - calms inflammation, brightens, reduces acne scarring

Key Ingredients:

  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil (calms inflammation, unclogs pores, detoxifies)
  • Neem Seed Oil (calms acne and eczema)
  • Green Tea Oil (soothes redness, manages oil, brightens)
  • Turmeric Root Oil (calms inflammation, brightens, reduces acne scarring)
  • Azelaic Acid (sourced from grains; gently exfoliating, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory)

Key Benefits:
Our Tea Tree Balancing Moisturizer is a game-changing moisturizer for acne-prone skin! It features anti-inflammatory neem oil and acne-fighting tea tree oil, plus refreshing eucalyptus and peppermint oils. This moisturizer effectively hydrates and balances skin with omega fatty acids, while turmeric lessens the appearance of acne scars.

This formula also boasts a soothing, cooling sensation to soothe inflamed, red, and swollen active pimples. The thin, ultra-lightweight feel of this lotion will make it seem you have nothing on when you’re packing a bunch of mighty acne warriors!

What to Expect:
Expect an instant cooling sensation, ultra-lightweight hydration, and fast-absorbing moisture. Skin will feel calm, soft, and refreshed with each use.

Peppermint soothes skin irritations, reduces excess oil, cooling sensation

Key Ingredients:

  • Tea Tree (calms inflammation, unclogs pores, detoxifies)
  • Witch Hazel (calms inflammation and redness, soothes irritation)
  • Neem (calms acne and eczema)
  • Eucalyptus (calms and treats acne, soothes skin irritations, refreshes skin)
  • Peppermint (soothes skin irritations, reduces excess oil, cooling sensation)

Key Benefits:
This ultra-concentrated, super lightweight spot treatment is perfect for treating active or stubborn blemishes. A highly active formula featuring witch hazel and tea tree makes quick work of fast-growing pimples. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils help to reduce acne-causing bacteria and prevent future breakouts, while neem oil reduces the risk of acne scars.

What to Expect:
Expect a water-weight texture and a potent concentration of acne-fighting power. Reduces the longevity of blemishes, lessens the likelihood of acne scars, and reduces swelling from acne.

Key Ingredients:

  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia): Renowned for its potent antibacterial properties, it helps to reduce breakouts and clear clogged pores.
  • Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba): Natural source of salicylic acid that exfoliates to clear pores and minimize acne.
  • Lemon Water (Citrus Limonium): Acts as a natural astringent to tone the skin and diminish the appearance of pores.
  • Neem Leaf (Melia Azadirachta): Offers calming and antimicrobial effects to soothe skin and combat acne-causing bacteria.
  • Turmeric Root (Curcuma Longa): Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to reduce redness and protect against acne scars.

Key Benefits:
Our Tea Tree & Willow Clarifying Cleanser is your first step towards a clearer, more refreshed complexion. This purifying face wash uses the power of tea tree and willow to combat the bacteria responsible for breakouts. Enhanced with detoxifying herbs, it removes excess oil, makeup, and impurities without over-drying the skin. Ideal for those struggling with acne or oily skin, it promises a visibly soothed and revitalized complexion.

What to Expect:
Expect a deep cleansing experience that leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean without any residue. The herbal blend provides a gentle, soothing sensation, ideal for daily use. With consistent use, your skin will appear less oily, clearer, and more balanced. This cleanser’s lightweight formula ensures that it is easy to rinse off while leaving the skin feeling purified and rejuvenated.

Key Ingredients:

  • Tea Tree Leaf Water & Oil: Known for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree components help calm acne inflammation, unclog pores, and detoxify the skin.
  • Willow Bark Extract: This contains salicin, a natural precursor to salicylic acid, which gently exfoliates to prevent new breakouts.
  • Witch Hazel: Offers soothing relief for inflammation and redness while helping to tighten pores.
  • Neem Leaf: Renowned for its calming properties on skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
  • Turmeric Root Extract: Aids in calming inflammation, brightening skin tone, and reducing the appearance of acne scarring.

Key Benefits:
This revitalizing astringent from 100% PURE harnesses the power of natural antibacterial and antiseptic herbs to not only soothe and clarify acne-prone skin but also to nurture and hydrate without stripping essential moisture. Ideal for maintaining a clear complexion, it prevents future breakouts and softens the skin, ensuring it remains balanced and refreshed.

What to Expect:
With a refreshing application method, either directly with hands or via a cotton pad, this toner offers a hydrating touch that leaves skin feeling purified and soft without any irritation. Regular use after cleansing ensures a reduction in acne occurrence and a soothing sensation for irritated skin. Its light texture absorbs quickly, leaving a clean and revitalized finish.

We know acne can be frustrating to manage. Thankfully natural acne treatments are just a few clicks away and can help keep acne at bay. With the proper skin care regimen, you can greatly reduce the occurrence of pesky lumps and bumps, or even prevent new ones from invading your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tea Tree for Acne

Can Tea Tree Oil Be Combined with Other Natural Ingredients for Enhanced Acne Treatment?

Yes, tea tree oil can be effectively combined with other natural ingredients to enhance acne treatment. Ingredients such as witch hazel, which soothes inflammation and tightens pores, and aloe vera, which moisturizes and heals, work well with tea tree oil. Combining tea tree oil with neem oil or lavender oil can also boost antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a more powerful treatment against acne.

Are There Any Side Effects of Using Tea Tree Oil on Acne-Prone Skin?

While tea tree oil is generally safe for topical use, some people may experience side effects, especially if they have sensitive skin. Common side effects include dryness, itching, stinging, burning, and redness. It’s important to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil (like coconut or almond oil) to minimize potential irritation. Always perform a patch test on a small area of skin before using it more broadly.

How Long Does It Take to See Results from Using Tea Tree Oil on Acne?

The effectiveness and how quickly you’ll see results from using tea tree oil on acne can vary depending on the individual’s skin type and the severity of the acne. Generally, users might start to see improvements within a few weeks of regular use. Consistency is key, and it’s important to give the treatment enough time to work effectively.

Can Tea Tree Oil Help with Both Inflammatory and Non-Inflammatory Acne?

Yes, tea tree oil can be beneficial for both inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce the severity of pimples, prevent infection, and calm redness. It can also help to unclog pores and reduce the formation of blackheads and whiteheads, which are typical of non-inflammatory acne.

What Precautions Should Be Taken When Using Tea Tree Oil for the First Time on Acne-Prone Skin?

When using tea tree oil for the first time on acne-prone skin, it’s crucial to take certain precautions:

  • Dilution: Always dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.
  • Patch Test: Perform a patch test by applying a small amount of the diluted tea tree oil to an inconspicuous area of the skin to check for any allergic reactions.
  • Avoid Sensitive Areas: Avoid using tea tree oil around sensitive areas, especially the eyes.
  • Sun Exposure: Be cautious of sun exposure after applying tea tree oil, as it can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
  • Consultation: If you have severe acne, it’s a good idea to consult with a dermatologist before starting any new treatment regimen.

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