In vitro susceptibility of Malassezia furfur to the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia

J Med Vet Mycol. 1997 Sep-Oct;35(5):375-7.


The susceptibility of 64 Malassezia furfur isolates to Melaleuca alternifolia oil was determined. The minimum inhibitory concentration for 90% of isolates was 0.25% by agar dilution and 0.12% by broth dilution. These data indicate that tea tree oil may be useful in the treatment of skin conditions involving M. furfur.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Malassezia / drug effects*
  • Malassezia / growth & development
  • Malassezia / isolation & purification
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Oils, Volatile / pharmacology*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Skin / microbiology*


  • Oils, Volatile