A comparative study of tea‐tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne

@article{Bassett1990ACS,
  title={A comparative study of tea‐tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne},
  author={I B Bassett and Ross St C Barnetson and D Pannowitz},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={1990},
  volume={153}
}
Tea‐tree oil (an essential oil of the Australian native tree Melaleuca alter‐ nifolia) has long been regarded as a useful topical antiseptic agent in Australia and has been shown to have a variety of antimicrobial activities; however, only anecdotal evidence exists for its efficacy in the treatment of various skin conditions. We have performed a single‐blind, randomised clinical trial on 124 patients to evaluate the efficacy and skin tolerance of 5% tea‐tree oil gel in the treatment of mild to… 
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