Hydrogels Containing Nanocapsules and Nanoemulsions of Tea Tree Oil Provide Antiedematogenic Effect and Improved Skin Wound Healing

J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2015 Jan;15(1):800-9. doi: 10.1166/jnn.2015.9176.


In previous works, we developed nanocapsules and nanoemulsions containing the tea tree oil. The aim of this work was to prepare and characterize hydrogels containing these nanocarriers, and to evaluate their in vivo efficacy in protecting skin damage induced by UVB and cutaneous wound healing. Hydrogels were prepared using Carbopol Ultrez and their physicochemical characteristics were evaluated: macroscopic analysis, pH, spreadability and rheological properties. The in vivo antiedematogenic effect was evaluated by ear thickness measurement after UVB-irradiation. In order to evaluate healing action of hydrogels, we investigated the regression of the cutaneous lesion in rats. Hydrogels showed homogeneous aspect and pH values between 5.6-5.8 and a non-Newtonian behavior. The presence of nanocapsules and nanoemulsions in hydrogels did not change their spreadability profile. The inclusion of tea tree oil in the nanocapsules and nanoemulsions allowed reducing the edema induced by UVB exposure. Hydrogel containing nanocapsules presented a higher reduction of the wound area compared to the hydrogel containing nanoemulsions and hydrogel containing allantoin. This study shows the feasibility of obtained dermatological formulations containing the tea tree oil associated in nanostructured systems. These formulations represent a promising approach to topical treatment of inflammatory disorders and wound healing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Edema
  • Hydrogels / chemistry
  • Hydrogels / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Nanocapsules / chemistry*
  • Protective Agents / chemistry
  • Protective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin / injuries
  • Skin / physiopathology
  • Tea Tree Oil / chemistry
  • Tea Tree Oil / pharmacology*
  • Wound Healing / drug effects*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Hydrogels
  • Nanocapsules
  • Protective Agents
  • Tea Tree Oil