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What is considered the number one way or method of using tea tree oil on acne?

What is considered the number one way or method of using tea tree oil on acne?

Adjunct: It's a moderately strong estrogen which is probably how it exerts its effects. Some young men get breasts from using it. There are much more effective ways of treating acne (benzoyl peroxide, physician-prescribed meds), and if somebody is preventing you from getting effective treatment because of a superstitious preference for "natural healing", you have my sympathy. Call your doctor. Cheers. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Hi.. I have oily skin Can i use tea tree oil for acne???

Hi..
I have oily skin 
Can i use tea tree oil for acne???

Adjunct treatment: Tea tree oil contains estrogens and may help; it's also caused guys like you to grow breasts. Preventing / managing acne usually requires some experimenting, and I'm going to assume you're already using topical retinoic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide. If this isn't sufficient, your physician can add prescription-strength Rx. Acne's not curable but can be managed until it remits on its own. Cheers. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think it's alright not to dilute tea tree oil for acne?

Hi docs, do you think it's alright not to dilute tea tree oil for acne?

It's your call: And not your best choice. It's an estrogen, and if you're a man, you're at risk for getting breast development. Use it as an adjunct. Your best friend is either a salicylic acid wash or topical benzoyl peroxide. They are less pleasant but more likely to work. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to use tea tree oil for acne scars?

Is it recommended to use tea tree oil for acne scars?

You decide: This is a pop remedy that's a weak estrogen and is preferred by "natural healing" types to the mainstream stuff that obviously works. Don't short-change yourself; if you're a guy be alert to gynecomastia from it. ...Read more

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What is the way to use tea tree oil on my acne?

What is the way to use tea tree oil on my acne?

Acne: Daily topical application. Be careful not to swallow as it is toxic if ingested. ...Read more

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Would i need to dilute 100% tea tree oil used for acne?

Would i need to dilute 100% tea tree oil used for acne?

Makes no difference: This is not effective at any dilution. If you want to be serious about a real acne problem a dermatologist can help you. ...Read more

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Can I use tea tree oil to prevent acne on my face as its a natural alternate for benzyol peroxide? My skin type is oily

Can I use tea tree oil to prevent acne on my face as its a natural alternate for benzyol peroxide? My skin type is oily

Can work: Tea tree oil has some antiseptic properties and some studies have shown efficacy for treatment of acne. It's probably safest to use as a spot treatment. Some people can develop an allergic contact dermatitis to tea tree oil known as melaleuca oil dermatitis, so be careful. Consulting a dermatologist for acne treatment and management is recommended. ...Read more

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Can tea tree oil help clear up acne?

Can tea tree oil help clear up acne?

It can: It's a fairly strong estrogen and i suspect this is how it works; in fact, some guys have gotten breasts from using it. At best, it's an adjunct for scientific acne treatment. If you've got acne that you can't manage with topical benzoyl peroxide, you owe it to yourself to get effective scienetific treatment from your physicain. It's a chronic disease that can be managed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will tea tree oil help fade post acne blemish marks?

Will  tea tree oil help fade post acne blemish marks?

No: No scar can be completely removed. Tree oil is a mild antibiotic and has a limited effect against mild acne in the acute stage, and is less irritating than other over-the-counter preparations. For old scars, dermatologists have dermabrasion, lasers and more, and some hollywood men have cultivated the scars for the "tough guy" look. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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