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What is Acne?

Your skin is covered with pores (hair follicles). Pores contain oil glands (sebaceous glands) that make oil (sebum) to moisten your skin and hair.  A pimple (acne) is a small, red infection that develops when the walls of the pores are broken, and oil (sebum), bacteria, and dead skin cells get under the skin and clog your pores.

Teens get acne because of the hormone changes that come with growing up.  As your body begins to develop, these hormones stimulate your sebaceous glands. When the glands become overactive, too much oil (sebum) is created, and the oil clogs the pores and that leads to acne.  Clogged pores also may cause whiteheads and blackheads.

There are many different forms of acne, however, acne vulgaris is the most common form. It is estimated that as many as 80% of teens have some form of acne at one point. People who had nice skin in their teen years could develop acne later as adults.

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree oil is is an extract from the leaves of the tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, which grows in the northeastern coastal region of New South Wales, Australia.

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries by the Aboriginal people of Australia.

Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil has antifungal and antiseptic properties, good skin penetration and a minimum of allergic reactions. Tea Tree Oil is effective at killing most strains of acne.

Washing Techniques

Keeping your face free of oil requires that you wash it with warm water several times per day. We recommend  that you use our all natural Tea Tree soap. Skin must maintain the proper pH levels to remain healthy. You must be very careful to avoid commercial soaps. They are really detergent bars and are very drying to your skin. If your skin gets too dry, it will over compensate and produce more oil, and the oil is more likely to become trapped in your pores causing more breakouts.

Do not vigorously scrub your skin. Wash cloths are not recommended as they may irritate the skin. Do not use granular facial scrubs either. They can make acne worse by aggravating the skin. Don't squeeze, pick, scratch, or rub your skin. Scars may form if you squeeze pimples.

Wash your face by gently rotating your soap lathered hands on your face. Use our mild nonabrasive all natural Tea Tree soap. Rinse well with warm water. Use a clean soft towel and gently pat your face.

Tea Tree Oil Treatment

After washing your face with our all natural Tea Tree soap, use a cotton swab (Q-tip) to apply the Tea Tree oil to each blemish. Avoid contact with eyes. Applying Tea Tree oil once a day is usually enough. Discontinue use temporarily if your skin starts to become too dry. Once blemishes start to clear away, you may continue to use the Tea Tree soap or you may want to switch to another all natural, detergent and chemical free soap. We recommend the Calendula soap. It is unscented and made for sensitive skin.








Wash your hands more frequently. Try to keep your hands off your face as much as possible. Don't rest your face on your hands while you watch TV, read or study.

Keep hair clean and style it away from your face. Pull your hair away from your face when you sleep.

Avoid getting sunburned. There can be a mild anti-inflammatory effect on the skin with sun exposure.

Sometimes hats can cause pimples along the hairline. If this is the case, avoid wearing hats.

Diet & Exercise

Eat a well balanced diet and get plenty of fluids. However, some experts feel that acne isn't caused by eating certain foods, such as greasy foods, chocolate, or soda drinks.

Get physical exercise regularly. Exercise helps relieve stress. When you're stressed, your pores may make more oil (sebum). Always wash your face after you've been exercising and sweating a lot. Meditation also helps reduce stress.


If you wear cosmetics, look for ones that are oil-free and not just water-based. Choose products that are "non-comedogenic" (should not cause whiteheads or blackheads) or "non-acnegenic" (should not cause acne). Remove your cosmetics every night with our Tea Tree or Calendula soap and water.

Start your day with a fresh face by washing it first thing in the morning, with either soap, especially if you’re going to apply makeup.


Men with acne, shave only when necessary. Wash your face with warm water and with our all natural Tea Tree soap. Rinse and apply a warm washcloth for a few minutes to soften the hairs and dilate blood vessels. Use an electric shaver or a sharp single-blade razor. Shaving with a razor in the shower may also help.

Shave lightly and with the grain of the facial hair. This results is a less close shave, but eliminates cuts and nicks and acne caused by shaving bumps. Gently dry face and apply Tea Tree oil directly to each blemish.

Tea Tree Oil can also be used topically for nail fungus, lice, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. For cuts and abrasions, boils, burns, insect bites and stings

and more.


This product is safe to use, if used in the manner described herein. We assume no liability for any injuries or damages caused by any misuse or careless use of this product or any of our products.


Do not use this product in or near the eyes. Do not ingest. If skin condition worsens, discontinue use. Keep away from the reach of small children.