Tea Tree Oil may help skin cancer lesions

Written by on February 18, 2011 in Natural Treatments with 0 Comments

Some recent studies highlighted today from the University of Western Australia’s Tea Tree Oil Research Group. Who would have known that tea tree oil was interesting enough to have its own research group!

Tea tree oil is interesting to rosacea sufferers firstly because it has been shown that tea tree oil can demodex mites. Secondly there is some research that shows that tea tree oil is a reasonable treatment for ocular demodex that may be causing or exacerbating ocular rosacea symptoms.

Whilst demodex mites remains unproven as direct cause of rosacea, there is growing evidence of at least some links between demodex mites and rosacea symptoms.

Now another use of tea tree oil has emerged. The UWA Tea Tree Oil Research Group believe that Tea Tree Oil may be used as a safe and effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers.


Topically TTO is quite harsh so use care if you choose to try it. We don’t know what sort of formulation was used in this study for example, and also note that this most recent study was using mice skin.

Dr. Greay further cautions “We don’t recommend tea tree oil be applied to the skin and we certainly don’t recommend that the public go out and buy tea tree oil or use tea tree oil products on their skin.”

Tea tree oil may help skin cancer patients

University News

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Tea tree oil may be used in future as a fast, cheap, safe and effective treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers and pre-cancerous lesions, according to UWA researchers.

A three-year study by the Tea Tree Oil Research Group has found solid tumours grown under the skin in mice and treated with a tea tree oil formulation are inhibited in growth and regress within a day of treatment. Within three days the tumours cannot be detected.

Dr Greay said further experiments indicated the anti-cancer effect of the tea tree oil formulation appeared to involve activation of the immune system.

Unlike other clinically approved skin cancer chemotherapies, which have long treatment times of three to 16 weeks and can cause nausea and flu-like symptoms, the tea tree oil formulation only produces mild skin irritation which disappears within days of treatment finishing.

While Tea Tree Oil might never be used as a rosacea treatment itself, it is interesting to see what uses might be found for this complex oil in the future.

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