Complementary Treatments

Teatree Oil

Tea tree oil is an extract from the leaves of a plant that is native to Australia. It has been used as a topical treatment by Aboriginal people for centuries.

How does it work?

Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so kills acne bacteria when applied topically. One study has shown that is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide in controlling the symptoms of acne.

How to use it?

Tea tree oil should only be used as a topical treatment. It should never be taken by mouth. Follow instructions on the label.

What are the side-effects?

Tea-tree oil can irritate the skin, causing redness, itching and blistering. It has also been reported to cause allergic reactions. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.


Zinc is an essential trace mineral found in foods such as egg yolks, legumes, fish, soy lecithin, and mushrooms. Topical products containing zinc may be marketed for treating acne.

How does it work?

Zinc has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory effects and may promote healing of wounds