Tea tree oil

Cutis. 2005 Sep;76(3):178-80.


Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter healthcare and cosmetic products. With the explosion of the natural and alternative medicine industry, more and more people are using products containing tea tree oil. This article reviews basic information about tea tree oil and contact allergy, including sources of tea tree oil, chemical composition, potential cross reactions, reported cases of allergic contact dermatitis, allergenic compounds in tea tree oil, practical patch testing information, and preventive measures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / adverse effects
  • Allergens / analysis
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / adverse effects*
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / analysis
  • Cosmetics / chemistry
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact / etiology
  • Humans
  • Patch Tests
  • Tea Tree Oil / adverse effects*
  • Tea Tree Oil / analysis


  • Allergens
  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Cosmetics
  • Tea Tree Oil