When it comes to natural acne remedies, we’re kind of experts. From ACV and charcoal to honey and bentonite clay, trust us, we’ve tried every iteration there is. But we’ve also learned that few work better than good ol’ tea tree oil.

Extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia, a kind of myrtle tree in Australia, the pleasant-smelling essential oil is lauded for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. And due to its potency, it’s said to cure pretty much all major skin ailments, namely: acne, blackheads, whiteheads, excess oil, and more. Simply combine it with a carrier oil to effectively dry out breakouts and prevent new pimples from surfacing. Some research, in fact, shows that it’s just as effective as benzoyl peroxide for treating acne. Like we said, it’s the best!

Tea tree, however, isn’t without its limitations. (Nothing’s perfect, right?) While it’s great for oily or acne-prone skin, others with sensitive skin may find it too drying. Luckily, even if you don’t use on your face, there are plenty of other ways to integrate this earthy ingredient into your routine. You can massage it into your scalp to get rid of dandruff! You can apply it to your pits as a natural deodorant! You can use it to treat wounds and insect bites! No matter your skin type, you will find a use for this power potion. Just read the reviews of our top-rated tea tree products:

1. Beaublends 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil, P320

Angela, Combination Skin: “I’ve been using tea tree masks for years, and they’re my go-to whenever I’m breaking out. I also used to use salicylic acid for drying out spots, but it leaves me with dry patches and a stinging sensation. I bought this because I ran out of tea tree face masks, and I wanted a spot treatment that won’t be too harsh on my skin. It takes some getting used to because it’s an oil, but it didn’t clog my pores and I woke up with my skin feeling soothed. Try it!”

2. Skin Revolution Tea Tree Acne Spot Oil, P325

L, Oily Skin: “I used to use The Body Shop’s tea tree oil drops exclusively, until I decided to save money and try other anti-acne treatments. I saw this and gave it a try. The smell is different from regular tea tree (it’s a little less pleasant) but it’s very potent. I used this in conjunction with CosRX’s acne patches and my big pimples flattened out a little more each night! The bottle is also bigger than you expect so it’ll last me a while.”

3. Hemani Herbal Products Tea Tree Oil, P550

Samantha, Oily Skin: “Tea tree oil has been my holy grail ever since discovering it 2 years ago!!!! Dries up my pimples and heals my dermatitis/mild eczema on my body! I either use it as a spot treatment or mix it in my moisturizer for the face. Although be warned, it may dry your skin (I can get away with mixing a drop of it in my moisturizer because I have oily skin).”

4. Pure Bliss Tea Tree Spot Treatment, on sale at P75 (limited time only)

Dorilyn, Oily Skin: “I happen to have breakouts when I received this product so I had the opportunity to use it right away. My pimples got dry the next day, and completely healed in 3 days. And I also use it as deodorant. 4 drops of tea tree oil mixed with 1/2 cup of distilled water, put it in a spray bottle. Shake and spray away. I am telling you it works like a charm! No sweaty pits…and literally no smell.”

5. Human Nature Tea Tree Oil, P295

Dana, Combination Skin: “Whenever my face is being naughty and breaks out, and I’ve had a looong day and I’m in no mood for a multi-step anti-acne routine, I’ll just cleanse, tone, and massage this oil into my face. Sometimes I’ll seal it with the Blindspot Healing Stick for good measure. This oil gently dries up my breakouts, and I always notice an improvement in my skin once I wake up in the morning. I happen to add this to other DIY natural remedies like yoga mat sprays, steam baths for nasal congestion, bug bites, and germ-killing sanitisers. It’s really a great all-around product!”

Now are you convinced?

L-R: Beaublends 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil, P320, Skin Revolution Tea Tree Acne Spot Oil, P325, Hemani Herbal Products Tea Tree Oil, P550, Pure Bliss Tea Tree Spot Treatment, on sale at P75 (limited time only), Human Nature Tea Tree Oil, P295

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