How to treat acne with lavender oil

Lavender oil is an essential oil extracted from the lavender flowers. The smell of this oil is highly calming and relaxing for the senses. Recently the use of lavender oil for treating acne and its scars has become popular as it is believed that this oil can be helpful to soothe the irritated skin and the anti-bacterial properties of the oil will also help in killing the bacteria. People who prefer using essential oils for treating skin problems, vows by the name of lavender oil treatments for pimples and acne. Lavender oil also has a mild astringent like property, owing to the volatile substances present in this oil and this property helps in clearing out the clogged pores which is most of the time the primary culprit behind the acne breakout.

However, always keep in mind, being an essential oil it is strong in nature and you need to use it in the right way to get the right results without any side effects. Lavender oil is not ideal for application on children below 14 years of age. When applied on younger adults or people with sensitive skin, it is important to opt for a patch test first. Consider it for application to a wider area and for longer hours only if it suits and shows no allergy or irritation on the skin after the patch test.

If lavender oil suits you, it can be a very effective ingredient to clear out not only your pimples and acne but also as a great treatment to improve your overall skin condition. Proper use of lavender oil on the skin can also prevent future acne breakouts. When you are buying lavender oil, make sure that you buy the pure essential oil. There are also a number of skin care and anti-acne products that come with lavender oil as an ingredient. If you are using any of these products make it a point to use it exactly as mentioned in the directions of the product, because lavender oil is an active ingredient and improper use of it might prove not only ineffective but also harmful for the skin.

Here we will provide you with details about how to use lavender oil for treating pimples and acne.

Using lavender oil for treating pimples

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When it comes to treating pimples, you can always opt for spot treatments. Spot treatments on the skin give you the freedom of using even more concentrated formulas that might not be suitable for application to a wide area of the skin. So, read on to know how you can use lavender oil in the most effective way to treat pimples,

Lavender oil spot treatment for curing pimples

Even when you are using lavender oil for spot treatment never use it raw. Lavender essential oil comes in a very concentrated formulation that can easily harm your skin even in case of spot application. Follow the next steps to use it in the right way,

  • Take 10 drops of jojoba or cold pressed evening primrose carrier oil on a clean spoon or container
  • Now add 3-4 drops of the lavender oil to it
  • Mix the two well, as it is believed that proper blending increases the efficiency of essential oils
  • After mixing, apply the oil mixture directly onto the pimples with the help of a cotton swab and leave on
  • In case there is even a slight burning sensation on the skin where the oil mixture have been applied, remove the oil with plain water after 10 minutes, otherwise you can keep it for a bit longer
  • Apply this oil mixture twice in a day to get quick results

Lavender oil and tea tree oil spot treatment for pimples

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Tea tree oil is another powerful essential oil with active anti-bacterial properties. However, when you are using two essential oils together it is really important that you pay maximum care to maintain the right percentage of each of them in the mixture and always use it only to a minimum part of the skin, before applying on all the pimples. Here is the process,

  • Take 10 drops of any carrier oil, it can be even almond oil or jojoba oil
  • Add 2 drops of lavender oil and only 1 drop of tea tree oil and mix well
  • Apply this oil mixture directly onto the pimples with the help of a cotton swab
  • Leave on for 15 minutes or more depending on how it suits your skin
  • There should be a minimum gap of 12 hours between two subsequent treatments with this oil mixture

Using lavender oil for treating acne

Lavender oil, diluted with other oils and herbal ingredients can be effectively used for treating acne and also for preventing future acne breakouts. Here are few of the best homemade acne treatments that use lavender oil as their primary constituent,

Lavender oil vapor for treating acne

If you are suffering from acne, lavender oil vapor can be an effective way to clear out your pores and to get relief from the acne quickly. This can be also the most effective way of using lavender oil for treating acne on the sensitive skin. Here is the process,

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  • Take sufficient water in an open container and bring it to boil
  • Once the water has boiled, remove it from the heat and add 10-12 drops of lavender oil to the water
  • Cover your head along with the container with a thick towel and continue taking the vapor for at least 10 minutes
  • Adjust the distance of your face from the container depending on how much temperature you can tolerate(Never take the vapor if it seems to be too hot and burning your skin)
  • Once you are done, let your face get dry naturally and then apply an ice cube wrapped in a clean washcloth onto the face for 10 minutes and then leave on

Lavender oil with aloe vera for acne treatment

Aloe Vera is known for its natural calming, soothing and moisturizing effects. The antioxidants present in Aloe Vera boosts the natural reparative mechanism of the skin and promote quick healing of the acne and also the acne marks. Use Aloe Vera with lavender oil for the best results,

  • Take a fresh Aloe Vera leaf, slit it open and scrape out the pulp
  • Smash it to make a gel and
  • Mix 4 drops of lavender oil with 2 spoons of Aloe Vera gel
  • Apply this mixture lavishly onto the affected area of the skin
  • Leave on at least for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with water
  • Use 1-2 times everyday, maintaining a minimum gap of 12 hours

Lavender oil with glycerin for treating acne quickly

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Glycerin helps in maintaining the skin hydration and can be an ideal substance to dilute the lavender oil to the suitable concentration for application on a wider area of the skin. Use these two together in the following way to get the best results,

  • Take 1 spoon pure glycerin, add 3 drops of lavender oil to it and 10 drops of water
  • Mix the three well and apply this mixture onto the acne affected area of the skin
  • Leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off with plain water
  • You can take this treatment twice a day for the best results

Lavender oil with honey for acne treatment

Pure honey is known for its antibacterial properties. It also nourishes and soothes the skin which promotes quick healing. Use honey with lavender oil to get the desired effects in treating acne. Follow the step by step process mentioned below to prepare the Honey-lavender oil pack and also to use it in the right way,

  • Take 1 spoon pure honey in a container and add 1 spoon water to it. This will dilute the honey
  • Now add 5 drops of lavender oil to this water-honey solution and mix well
  • Apply the mixture onto the acne affected part of the skin and let it stand for at least 15 minutes
  • Finally, wash off with plenty of water

Lavender oil with omega -3 fatty acid

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You must be already aware about the great benefits of omega 3 fatty acids on the skin. It helps in nourishing the skin and heals it from any damage quickly. You can collect the raw omega 3 fatty acid capsules from the medical stores and use it along with lavender oil to cure acne,

  • Take one omega-3 capsule, puncture it and pour the content in a glass bowl
  • Now add 2 drops of lavender oil to it and mix well
  • Apply the resulting thick mixture onto the affected area of the skin and let it set for 10-15 minutes before washing off with water
  • Opting for a patch test before application is always suggested
  • If you do not get the omega-3-fatty acid capsules, you can prepare the pack with fish oil capsules as well, as they contain a high amount of omega 3

Lavender oil with oats for treating acne

Oats absorbs excess oil from the skin and helps in clearing out the pores through gentle exfoliation. You can use lavender oil along with oats to get great results in treating acne.

  • Take 2 tablespoons of powdered oats in a clean container and add sufficient warm but not hot water to it to make a smooth paste
  • Now add 8 drops of lavender oil to it and mix well
  • Apply the resulting pack lavishly onto the acne affected area of the skin and let the pack dry
  • Wash off with water
  • Repeat everyday for the best results