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Tea tree oil is a "natural" acne remedy that should produce at least some reduction in acne through its proven anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. However, it is likely the anti-inflammatory effect that helps reduce acne the most. Anti-inflammatory effect: A chemical in this naturally-occurring oil, called terpinen-4-ol, blocks molecules that cause inflammation in the skin, thereby reducing the swelling and inflammation in acne lesions. Antibacterial effect: Terpinen-4-ol also kills some of the bacteria found in acne lesions,...