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How to Mix Tea Tree Oil With Benzoyl Peroxide

author image Alena Bowers
Alena Bowers began writing professionally in 2001 and is author of the book, "Alter This!" by Lark Books. She is an educator, yoga instructor and healing arts professional living in Portland, Ore. Bowers holds a Master of Education in visual art from Portland State University.
How to Mix Tea Tree Oil With Benzoyl Peroxide
Tea tree oil comes from the tea tree plant, native to Australia. Photo Credit: metriognome/iStock/Getty Images

Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in acne creams or gels. William J. Cunliffe writes in his book, "Acne," that studies have shown benzoyl peroxide reduces sebum, or oil produced inside hair follicles that can cause acne. Tea tree oil is an essential oil made of concentrated plant material. The tea tree is native to Australia and the oil is known for its antiseptic qualities. Tea tree oil is a natural acne treatment and found in many skin products.

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Step 1

Squeeze 4 ounces of benzoyl peroxide gel into a measuring cup. Transfer it to a small bowl.

Step 2

Add five to 10 drops of tea tree oil to the gel. Mix with a small stirring stick or straw. Cynthia B. Olsen recommends this in her book, "Australian Tea Tree Oil First Aid Handbook: 101 Plus Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil."

Step 3

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Pat it dry and apply the gel directly to each blemish. Let it fully absorb into your skin; then apply your moisturizer.

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