Tea Tree Oil Is the Acne-Fighting Ingredient That Won’t Let You Down

There are obviously plenty of options when it comes to treating and preventing breakouts. And there will always be new formulations that claim to be the best. But they usually don’t replace tried-and-true favorites. Like tea tree oil, which remains a popular natural solution to fight breakouts.

Dr. Robb Akridge says the oil comes from the leaves of a small tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) native to Australia. Most of us associate tea tree oil with its acne- and grease-fighting capabilities. Susan Griffin-Black, co-CEO of EO Products, says the ingredient is an excellent way to treat, tone and balance skin. Akridge adds that the ingredient can actually be used on a variety of skin types from dry to oily. “Tea tree oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties because it soothes the skin and can even be used on mildly irritated skin.” You can also apply it to cuts and use it to heal infections. It’s also ideal for dealing with acne caused by wearing face masks.

Here are the best tea tree oil skin care products that fight acne and oil.