The Most Potent Essential Oil for Acne – Lavender Oil
Peace, relaxation, calmness, and the lovely scent from the lavender sachets in your grandma’s closet – that’s what first comes to your mind when you hear about Lavender. From these lovely scented, blue-violet flowers, perfumes, aphrodisiacs, soaps, and bath salts are made. But did you know that Lavender oil could calm your acne inflammation, heal your pimples, and kill bacteria hidden in the clogged pores?
Yes, that’s exactly what Lavender essential oil does, and even much more, to help you get rid of acne and get a clear complexion.
More and more people (especially women) resort now to alternative, homemade, natural remedies to treat acne and prevent breakouts, as the conventional medicine has failed them.
Lavender essential oil is one of these healthy remedies from Nature that has everything we need to help clear acne.
Let’s learn more about it.
What Is Lavender Essential Oil?
Lavender oil is extracted through distillation from the lovely violet flowers of Lavandula augustifolia or Lavandula officinalis. Its name comes from Latin (lavare) and it means “to wash”. Perhaps, that has something to do with the fact that in ancient times, Lavender was used in baths, to purify the body, mind, and spirit.
Lavender was known and used in ancient Ayurvedic, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments from melancholy and anxiety to infections and skin problems.
Recent research in the last decades has confirmed what our ancestors already knew: lavender has calming, soothing, sedative, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cicatrizant, disinfectant, and healing properties.
Lavender is a Mediterranean shrub that can be found in southern Europe, Australia, the United States and Africa, Middle East, and Asia. It has more than 30 species and the most known varieties are the English Lavander (L. augustifolia) and French Lavender (L. stoechas).
It grows up to 25 inches and has heavy, woody branches with rod-like green shoots, and curled, spirally, gray-greenish, narrow leaves.
The flowers go up in blossoming spikes. The lovely volatile oil in the blue-violet flowers makes Lavender so special and sought. The essential oil is extracted through distillation from the lavender flowers.
Why is Lavender Oil Good for Acne?
The main therapeutic components of Lavender essential oil are 51% linalyl acetate and 35% linalool. Unlike other essential oils, Lavender is so soothing, that can be applied undiluted directly to the skin.
What is great about Lavender essential oil is that after 5 minutes of topical application on the skin, traces of linalool and linalyl acetate can be already detected in the blood, showing that it is absorbed quickly into the skin. After 20 minutes, all active components reached peak levels into the body, and after 90 minutes, the lavender oil is eliminated.
Also, these powerful active components of lavender oil, linalool and linalyl acetate, have potent anti-inflammatory properties. This means that they can reduce the inflammatory process of an acne breakout.
Lavender oil kills the antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which is one of the causes of acne. Also, laboratory tests support the antibacterial efficiency of lavender oil.
Topical application of lavender oil on wounds, acne scars and pimples will accelerate the healing process of the skin, due to the healing potential of this great essential oil.
Studies show that lavender oil has mild local anesthetic effects, which is great news for people who have cystic acne and painful comedones.
How Does Lavender Oil Help Acne?
Lavender oil can calm you down with its scent in a couple of minutes, but it will also astonish you with its antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and healing powers.
Lavender essential oil:
1. Inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria and microbes and kills them.
2. Reduces inflammation, redness, irritation caused by acne.
3. Regulates the oil production in your pores.
4. Stimulates the microcirculation and brings important nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells.
5. Accelerates pimples and acne scars healing.
6. Regenerates your skin.
How to Use Lavender Oil for Acne
Dab a drop
Wash your face with a natural cleanser for acne.
Dab a drop of lavender essential oil directly on your pimples, cystic acne or scars (with a cotton bud, a cotton pad or with the tip of your well-washed finger).
Do so each morning and evening.
No need to wash it off your skin, as it will vanish in 1-2 hours by itself.
Steam Your Skin
Start your own cute spa at home, by adding 3-4 drops of Lavender oil in a facial steamer or in a bowl with steaming water. Put a big towel over your head and let the scented vapor steam your skin.
Make sure the vapors are not too hot and don’t stay too close to the steaming water.
Your pores will open up and let the antibacterial steam permeate deep within, disinfecting them, dissolving the clogged sebum, and clearing the infected pimples.
Your stress will vanish as well, due to the aromatherapeutic effect of lavender oil on your nervous system.
Splash cold water at the end, to close the pores.
- 3 oz. distilled water
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil
Fill with distilled water a 3 oz. bottle with atomizer and add the Lavender oil. Shake well.
Spray a fine mist on your acne affected skin 3-4 times a day. Let it air dry. Don’t wash it off.
- 3 oz. Witch hazel
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil.
Fill a 3 oz. bottle with witch hazel and add the lavender oil. Shake well.
Spray it on a cotton pad and gently clean your face with it.
Witch hazel has antiseptic and astringent properties that help clear acne.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes then apply a natural moisturizer.
Triple Power Olive Oil Turmeric Neem Paste
- 1 oz. Jojoba oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops Tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 1 oz. dark bottle with dropper
Mix all ingredients and shake well.
Apply 2-3 drops of this Power Serum on the acne spots, morning and evening.
Follow with your regular natural moisturizer.
Honey and Lavender Oil Mask for Acne
Both honey and lavender have antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. This duo will synergically multiply their healing powers and have a synergic effect on acne.
- 1 tablespoon of raw Honey
- 2 drops Lavender oil
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl and apply on your acne affected area.
Put up with this sweet mess for 20 minutes, while you relax on your bed. Place a towel under your head, to prevent any accidental honey dripping on your bed cover.
Wash with lukewarm water.
Follow with the Lavender toner or Lavender mist and then apply your natural moisturizer.
Rhassoul Clay and Lavender Oil Mask for Acne
- 1-2 tablespoons Rhassoul Clay
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 1 drop Frankincense essential oil
- 1-2 tablespoons water
Mix all ingredients, adding the water little by little.
Cover your acne-affected area with this thick paste.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes while you read interesting articles about acne.
Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Follow with a toner and a natural moisturizer.