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Friday, May 23, 2008

Studies Reveal Tea Tree Treats Acne Effectively

Tea tree essential oil is a very commonly-used antimicrobial. These studies indicate a 5% concentration to be effective in treating acne. You can make your own blend my mixing 40 drops of tea tree essential oil in either Aloe Vera or Hazelnut oil - while the Hazelnut option sound a little odd - adding oil to oily skin, it actually works well, as Hazelnut oil is astringent. It is called for in blends in the aromatherapy liturature, and will not exacerbate the problem. Myrtle is condsidered a little nicer smelling essential oil, and is also effective for acne treatment. Here's a review of the laboratory studies:

Study: The efficacy of 5% topical tea tree oil gel in mild to moderate acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study.

Enshaieh S, Jooya A, Siadat AH, Iraji F.Department of Dermatology, Skin Diseases and Leishmaniasis Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

BACKGROUND: Finding an effective treatment for acne that is well tolerated by the patients is a challenge. One study has suggested the efficacy of tea tree oil in treatment of the acne vulgaris. AIM: To determine the efficacy of tea tree oil in mild to moderate acne vulgaris. METHODS: This was a randomized double-blind clinical trial performed in 60 patients with mild to moderate acne vulgaris. They were randomly divided into two groups and were treated with tea tree oil gel (n=30) or placebo (n=30). They were followed every 15 days for a period of 45 days. Response to treatment was evaluated by the total acne lesions counting (TLC) and acne severity index (ASI). The data was analyzed statistically using t-test and by SPSS program. RESULTS: There were no significant differences regarding demographic characteristics between the two groups. There was a significant difference between tea tree oil gel and placebo in the improvement of the TLC and also regarding improvement of the ASI. In terms of TLC and ASI, tea tree oil gel was 3.55 times and 5.75 times more effective than placebo respectively. Side-effects with both groups were relatively similar and tolerable. CONCLUSION: Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.

Study: A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne.

Bassett IB, Pannowitz DL, Barnetson RS.Department of Dermatology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW.

Tea-tree oil (an essential oil of the Australian native tree Melaleuca alternifolia) has long been regarded as a useful topical antiseptic agent in Australia and has been shown to have a variety of antimicrobial activities; however, only anecdotal evidence exists for its efficacy in the treatment of various skin conditions. We have performed a single-blind, randomised clinical trial on 124 patients to evaluate the efficacy and skin tolerance of 5% tea-tree oil gel in the treatment of mild to moderate acne when compared with 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion. The results of this study showed that both 5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients' acne by reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions (open and closed comedones), although the onset of action in the case of tea-tree oil was slower. Encouragingly, fewer side effects were experienced by patients treated with tea-tree oil.








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