How often should I use tea tree oil for my acne?

“There is no correct answer for this question because everybody reacts differently,” explains Julia Bao, founder, and director of BAO Laboratory. It’s no secret that everyone’s skin is different, so if you’re looking to add the essential oil to your skincare regimen, you might want to test it on a patch of skin to make sure you don’t face any skin tingling side effects.

Are there any risks to tea tree oil?

“Tea tree oil is also photosensitive, so make sure to avoid direct sunlight or only use at night time,” adds Bao. This basically means when in contact with the sun, tea tree oil changes, and not for the better. Most of the time, this results in sunspots, blisters, rashes, or even burns. We recommend playing it safe and just using it at night.