Let's see what experts say.
Lavender is way more than just a fragrance. In fact, essential oils usually serve many purposes. Lavender oil, for example, is one of those that you have probably heard about, but never dare to try.
Here is what Anna Guanche, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Bella Skin Institute in Calabasas and Nava Greenfield, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Brooklyn told Byrdie
"Science has only recently started to evaluate the health benefits that lavender oil contains," Guanche says. "However, there’s already an abundance of evidence to illustrate its capabilities, and it's one of the most popular essential oils in the world."
As an antioxidant, lavender oil protects the skin against free radicals. "The most common and dangerous risk factor for disease often comes from free radicals, toxins, and pollutants," Guanche explains. "Free radicals can shut down your immune system and damage your body. Lavender oil is a natural antioxidant that may work to prevent and reverse disease."
It also soothes skin. According to Greenfield, the anti-fungal properties of lavender oil can have anti-itch and anti-inflammatory effects.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects, Guanche says lavender oil could contribute to the improvement of acne.
Are there any side effects?
"Even if you are not allergic to lavender, the immune system in the skin can develop allergies and result in dermatitis," Greenfield says. "If you generally have sensitive skin, it is a good idea to avoid products with fragrances." With that said, she adds that it's generally well-tolerated when used topically. As usual, before you start using it, it is a good idea to check with a dermatologist.