Green tea or tea tree? Are these two the same or completely different? Here is a quick summary of these popular skin care ingredients.


Green Tea

Green tea extract is obtained from the Camellia Sinesis plant that is known as our morning black tea, green tea or white tea. Most of the tea types are actually from the same plant, the difference lies simply in the oxidation process.

Green tea is a well-known antioxidant with additional anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. Its extract contains polyphenols, amino acids, vitamins (C, E and A) as well as minerals.

Products that contain green tea or black tea extract

  • Have anti-aging properties (protects from free radicals)
  • Vitalize and brighten tired skin (amino acids, vitamin C)
  • Can reduce inflammation

Green tea extract is suitable for every skin type. Despite its many positive effects, clinical research about topical application of green tea is still in its infancy.

Green Tea
Green Tea

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil or extract has actually nothing to do with tea. Tea tree is a general term for the plant it is extracted from, that is native in Australia: Melaleuca alternifolia.

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is highly toxic if taken orally and it is also not recommended to use in its pure form without diluting it in other oils or products.

Tea tree oil has been used by the Aboriginals to treat coughs or inflammation. It contains terpinen-4-ol, that has been shown to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Products with tea tree oil are best for:

  • Fungal and inflamed acne
  • Reducing redness that is caused by irritation or insect bites
  • Controlling dandruff
  • Treating fungal nail

Often acne products and products for sensitive acne-prone skin contain high concentration of tea tree extract and oil.

Tea Tree
Tea Tree

All in all both plant extracts are great ingredients in your skincare. Green tea is best to revitalize your skin while tea tree is better to solve acne issues.


Founder of The SKIN Stories and the indie-beauty shop, The Curated SKIN.

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