Fungus and acne
Studies are available that show promising application for various dermatologic infections such as bacterial and fungal conditions and molluscum as well as inflammatory conditions such as acne. A common “home remedy” patients will often ask about is whether or not there is a role for tea tree oil in treating nail fungus. Tea tree oil has been shown to have activity against dermatophytes, in vitro.5 And, in some studies, it has been shown to be clinically effective in treating onychomycosis and interdigital tinea pedis as compared to placebo.6, 7
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Topical tea tree oil has also been looked at for application in acne therapy.
In one study, topical tea tree oil was shown to be superior to placebo in acne treatment.8 Another study compared tea tree oil with benzoyl peroxide and found them to be similarly effective, but tea tree oil was better tolerated by acne patients.9
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