Lavender Essential Oil is extracted from the several species of the Lavender plant (Lavandula sp). Lavender essential oil has both antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
Lavender Essential Oil is used in a variety of topical Naturopathic preparations, including many acne treatments. Lavender Essential Oil appears to be moderately toxic to the acne-causing Propionibacterium acnes bacterium. The primary components of Lavender Essential Oil are 1 5-dimethyl-1-vinyl-4-hexenyl butyrate (Linalyl butanoate), 1,3,7-Octatriene, 3,7-dimethyl- (Ocimene), Eucalyptol, Caryophyllene and Camphor.
Many people report that products with Lavender essential oil helped to improve their acne symptoms. However, there is little direct scientific research on the utility of Lavender as an acne treatment. Lavender is also used extensively for aromatherapy, and it is used as a scent in many household products.