Can Tea Tree Oil Help Treat Cystic Acne?

Cystic acne

You’ve tried dozens of medications, treatments, and home remedies but nothing seems to rid your skin of stubborn cystic acne. Cystic acne is such an inconvenience to your personal and social life because of the uncertainty of knowing when your skin will flare up. It may seem like you’re the only one battling this skin condition but take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Many women, teenagers, and those with oily skin also struggle with cystic acne.

Unfortunately, typical over-the-counter medications aren’t effective at treating cystic acne. However, recent studies have shown that the tea tree oil contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can potentially reduce the chance of cystic acne breakouts as well as improve the appearance of present acne.

What Is Cystic Acne?

Cystic acne is a severe form of acne caused by cysts that grow deep beneath the skin. This type of acne is characterized by painful breakouts accompanied with large white, pus-filled bumps, and redness. General acne is the predecessor to cystic acne. The most common sources of acne stem from trapped dirt, oil, and bacteria that create clogged pores, causing the affected area to become red and swollen.

However, cystic acne occurs when the impurities grow deeper within the skin leading to infections that create these pus-filled cysts. The area may become red, tender, and painful to the touch, and attempting to pop a cyst can cause the infection to spread to other parts of the face. Cystic acne typically forms on the face but can also be found on the neck, chest, and back areas. Other factors that may fuel cystic acne include pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and excessive sweating. Sadly, the chances of getting cystic acne become more likely if one or both parents have it.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil on Cystic Acne 

Tea Tree oil derives from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca Tree and has been used as a natural remedy in the Aboriginal Australian community for centuries. Melaleuca Alternifolia is the key ingredient in tea tree oil, giving this essential oil many anti-inflammatory and microbial properties that target the main source of cystic acne, trapped bacteria. As stated in our previous article, “Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits”, tea tree oil is said to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide which is used in most acne medications. Tea tree oil is a natural, more cost-effective solution that treats cystic acne in a gentle manner. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the redness and irritation associated with cystic acne.

Adding our RosyRadiant Tea Tree Oil to your daily skincare routine will gently treat your cystic acne. It will reduce redness, skin inflammation, and improve the overall appearance of your skin. We use all-natural ingredients in our formula making it a go-to product for those with sensitive skin. Our tea tree oil also works well with those who struggle with dry skin because of its many hydrating properties. Hints of mint and spice produce a pleasant aroma that leaves you feeling calm and relaxed.

Simple Home Remedies that Help Prevent Acne 

1. Dabs of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is the most natural, cost-effective approach to cystic acne. Applying diluted tea tree oil to affected areas can reduce redness, inflammation, and skin irritation.

2. Probiotics

Incorporating probiotics into your daily routine may help clear skin. Probiotics have been linked to healthy skin by many natural healers.

3. Diluted Vinegar Cleanser

Vinegar is known to contain many antibacterial properties. Diluted white vinegar can be used as a facial cleanser. Mix two capfuls of white vinegar and 3 cups of purified water to create a natural remedy for acne-prone skin.

4. Turmeric Paste

Turmeric has a reputation for containing powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric paste makes for an easy and effective face mask. You can create this mask my mixing small amounts of water with turmeric powder to create a thick paste. The paste should be applied to the affected area for 45 minutes then rinsed off with water.

5. Adjusting Your Diet

Researchers have noted that dairy, processed food, and excessive sugar intake can sometimes be a trigger for acne. You can run a test trial on yourself by eliminating these foods from your diet for 3 weeks, then monitoring the number of breakouts that occur during this time.

If you notice a reduction in breakouts during this period, you may want to think about permanently eliminating or reducing your intake of these foods.


Q: Should I apply pure tea tree oil to my face?

A: No, pure tea tree oil may be too strong for your skin and worsen irritation. Tea tree oil should be diluted by adding 1 or 2 drops to a carrier oil first then applied to affected areas.

Q: How many times a day should I treat my skin with tea tree oil?

A: Twice a day. Morning and night for best results.

Q: What should I use to apply tea tree oil?

A: A cotton pad or cotton round.

Q: How can I safely test tea tree oil on my skin?

A: A small patch test can be conducted on the inside of your elbow to observe any skin allergies or skin irritation before applying to your face.