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Acne Serum

100% Plant Based. Clean. Organic.

Control Your Acne Breakouts Safely, Without Harmful Alcohols, Astringents, or Synthetic Antibacterials.

Now you can control your acne breakouts without stressing your skin with harmful alcohols, solvents or damaging astringents. Acne Serum is a blend of Matcha Tea and Tea Tree Essential Oil along with organic plant extracts and oils that closely match your healthy, natural skin oils to gently control acne and bring your skin into a more natural balance. 

The idea is to reduce sebum production, absorb excess oil, and eliminate bacteria. Your blemishes will shrink and fade more quickly than usual. Your skin will improve. Naturally.

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Our Acne Serum is a very effective blend of Matcha Tea and Tea Tree essential oils that work to reduce sebum production and control bacteria, helping you ease through breakouts without stressing your skin. Blemishes will shrink and fade more quickly than usual while your skin remains balanced and comfortable.

  • With Matcha Tea: Sebum and oil production is naturally balanced
  • With Tea Tree Essential Oil Therapeutic Grade: Bacteria is safely controlled
  • With Tamanu Oil: Inflammation is soothed and controlled
  • With Plant Based Cleansing Oils: Your skin will be properly moisturized with carefully selected non-greasy oils.
  • Begin with a freshly cleansed and toned face. Your face should be slightly damp from your toner.
  • Be selective. Apply a small amount of serum to your fingertips and work it into your skin where you are having issues or think you will have an outbreak in the near future.
  • Let the serum completely absorb into your skin.
  • Lightly mist with toner, and gently massage your face to work the serum in even deeper. This massage also increases circulation which is important to control bacteria.
  • Follow up with a moisturizer.

A complete listing of all of the ingredients in this product. Absolutely nothing left out. Nothing hidden. Nothing harmful to your body or the environment.

  • Matcha Tea Powder
  • Herbal & Floral Antioxidant Blend
  • Australian Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Borage Seed Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Seed Oil
  • Red Raspberry Seed
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Avocado Seed Oil
  • Tamanu Seed Oil
  • Chia Seed & Sea Algae Emulsifier
  • RO Filtered Water
  • 100% Pure Rose Water
  • 100% Pure Lavender Water
  • Red Radish Root
  • Hand Craftsmanship & Care

Formulated Without Any Harmful & Unnecessary Ingredients Commonly Found In All Commercial Skincare Products And Many Small Brands As Well.

  • No Alcohols
  • No Animal Products
  • No Animal Testing
  • No Artificial Fragrances
  • No Gluten Products
  • No Parabens
  • No Petrochemicals
  • No Soy Products
  • No Sulfates
  • No Synthetics
  • No Toxins

At Luminance Skincare, using safe, high-quality ingredients is very important. We believe every constituent of a skincare product should be either organic or wildcrafted. Ours are. We believe that ingredients considered separately should all be what skin readily considers a nutrient source and non-threatening. Ours are. Formulating an ideal skincare product is a lot more than assembling a list of good ingredients, it’s understanding the secondary and sometimes tertiary interactions and achieving the ideal ratios. We always do.

Benefits Of Key Ingredients

Australian Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), native to Australia. It's known for its potential medicinal and skincare benefits. Let's analyze the components and potential benefits of tea tree essential oil for human facial skin:


  1. Terpinen-4-ol: Terpinen-4-ol is the primary active compound in tea tree oil. It's responsible for many of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

  2. Other Terpenes: Tea tree oil contains other terpenes such as alpha-terpineol, gamma-terpinene, and alpha-pinene, which contribute to its overall therapeutic effects.

Benefits for Human Facial Skin:

  1. Antimicrobial Properties: Terpinen-4-ol gives tea tree oil strong antimicrobial properties, making it effective against various bacteria, fungi, and even some viruses. It can help address acne-causing bacteria and fungal infections on the skin.

  2. Acne Treatment: Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat acne due to its antimicrobial effects. It can help reduce the occurrence of pimples and blackheads and promote clearer skin.

  3. Anti-Inflammatory: Tea tree oil's anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe redness, swelling, and irritation on the skin, making it potentially beneficial for conditions like acne and dermatitis.

  4. Skin Cleansing: Tea tree oil can be added to cleansers to help cleanse the skin and address impurities.

  5. Wound Healing: Tea tree oil's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can aid in wound healing and prevent infections.

  6. Dandruff and Scalp Issues: Tea tree oil is often used in hair care products to address dandruff and scalp conditions due to its antifungal properties.

  7. Spot Treatment: Tea tree oil can be applied topically as a spot treatment for specific skin concerns, such as blemishes.

  8. Skin Hygiene: The antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil can contribute to overall skin hygiene, helping to prevent bacterial and fungal growth

Matcha Tea Powder

Matcha Tea Is is a unique form of green tea that is ground from whole tea leaves, providing a concentrated source of various nutrients. While matcha is primarily consumed as a beverage, some of its components can offer potential benefits for human facial skin. Let's analyze the components and their potential benefits:

Fatty Acids: Matcha tea contains minimal amounts of fatty acids. However, the following nutrients present in matcha tea can indirectly support skin health:


  1. Vitamin C: Matcha tea is a good source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that supports collagen production, skin elasticity, and overall skin health. Vitamin C also helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and may contribute to a more radiant complexion.
  2. Vitamin A: Matcha tea contains provitamin A compounds like beta-carotene, which the body can convert into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for skin health, as it supports cell turnover, helps maintain a healthy skin barrier, and promotes a smooth texture.
  3. Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant found in matcha tea that helps protect the skin from free radicals and UV-induced damage. It also supports skin hydration and overall skin health.

Benefits for Human Facial Skin:

  1. Antioxidant Protection: The antioxidants in matcha tea, including vitamins C and E, help protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by environmental factors, which can contribute to premature aging and skin damage.
  2. Collagen Support: The presence of vitamin C in matcha tea supports collagen synthesis, which is essential for maintaining skin's elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines, and promoting a youthful complexion.
  3. UV Defense: The antioxidants in matcha tea may offer some level of protection against UV-induced damage, although it's not a replacement for sunscreen. This can contribute to preventing sun-related skin issues.
  4. Skin Brightening: The vitamin C and other antioxidants in matcha tea can help brighten the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, and promote a more even skin tone.
  5. Hydration and Nourishment: The vitamins in matcha tea contribute to overall skin hydration and nourishment, promoting a healthier and more vibrant complexion.
  6. Antioxidant Defense: The antioxidants in matcha tea help combat free radicals that contribute to skin aging and damage. This can lead to improved skin texture and tone.

Borage Seed Oil

Borage Seed Oil is derived from the seeds of the borage plant (Borago officinalis) and is known for its high content of a specific type of fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Here's an analysis of the components and potential benefits of borage oil for human facial skin:

Fatty Acids:

  1. Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA): Borage oil is one of the richest natural sources of Gamma Linoleic Fatty Acid , an omega-6 fatty acid. GLA is not very common in other plant-based oils and is known for its potential skin benefits. GLA supports skin health by promoting moisture retention, soothing inflammation, and maintaining the skin's barrier function.  GLA supports overall skin health and may contribute to collagen synthesis, which is important for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness.
  2. Linoleic Acid: Borage oil also contains linoleic acid, which is another essential fatty acid that contributes to maintaining the skin's natural barrier and overall health.
  3. Phytosterols: Borage oil contains phytosterols, which are plant compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. These compounds can help calm and soothe irritated skin.

Benefits for Human Facial Skin:

  1. Moisturization and Hydration: The GLA in borage oil helps the skin retain moisture, improving hydration levels and promoting a plump and youthful appearance.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory: GLA is converted in the body into anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help alleviate redness, irritation, and inflammation. Borage oil is often used to support conditions like eczema and rosacea.
  3. Skin Barrier Enhancement: The fatty acids in borage oil, particularly GLA, contribute to strengthening the skin's natural barrier. This helps maintain optimal hydration and protection from environmental stressors.
  4. Acne and Breakouts: Borage oil's anti-inflammatory properties may be beneficial for individuals with acne-prone skin, as it can help reduce inflammation and redness associated with breakouts.
  5. Soothing Dry Skin: The moisturizing effects of GLA-rich borage oil can be especially helpful for individuals with dry or rough skin, as it helps restore suppleness and softness.
  6. Eczema and Dermatitis: Due to its potential anti-inflammatory effects, borage oil is sometimes used to alleviate symptoms of eczema, dermatitis, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  7. Sensitive Skin: The gentle nature of borage oil, combined with its anti-inflammatory properties, makes it suitable for individuals with sensitive or reactive skin.

Tamanu Seed Oil

Tamanu Seed Oil is derived from the nuts of the tamanu tree (Calophyllum inophyllum), is another natural oil that's known for its potential benefits for skincare. It contains a unique combination of fatty acids and compounds that contribute to its effects on human facial skin. Here's an analysis of its key components and their benefits:

Fatty Acids:

  1. Oleic Acid: Tamanu oil contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps to moisturize and nourish the skin. It supports the skin's lipid barrier, preventing water loss and promoting hydration.
  2. Linoleic Acid: Tamanu oil also contains linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce on its own. Linoleic acid helps to maintain the skin's barrier function, regulate sebum production, and improve the appearance of acne-prone or oily skin.

Bioactive Compounds:

  1. Calophyllolide: This is a unique compound found in tamanu oil that has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It contributes to the oil's ability to soothe and calm irritated skin.
  2. Delta-Tocotrienols: Tamanu oil contains certain forms of vitamin E known as tocotrienols. These tocotrienols have strong antioxidant properties, helping to protect the skin from oxidative stress and support overall skin health.

Benefits for Human Facial Skin:

  1. Healing and Regeneration: Tamanu oil is often used to support the healing of minor cuts, wounds, and scars. The presence of calophyllolide may contribute to its ability to accelerate the healing process and improve the appearance of scars.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory: Calophyllolide and other bioactive compounds in tamanu oil possess anti-inflammatory properties, making it suitable for soothing irritated and inflamed skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  3. Skin Barrier Support: The fatty acids in tamanu oil, particularly oleic acid and linoleic acid, help strengthen the skin's natural barrier. This supports moisture retention and helps keep the skin hydrated and supple.
  4. Acne-Prone Skin: Tamanu oil's balanced composition of fatty acids makes it potentially beneficial for those with acne-prone skin. Linoleic acid can help regulate sebum production and reduce the risk of clogged pores.
  5. Antioxidant Protection: The tocotrienols in tamanu oil offer antioxidant protection, which helps to combat free radical damage and premature aging of the skin.
  6. Moisturization: Similar to other natural oils, tamanu oil provides emollient properties that moisturize and soften the skin, enhancing its overall texture and appearance.

UV Protection: Some studies suggest that tamanu oil may offer mild sun protection due to its antioxidant content. However, it should not be used as a substitute for proper sunscreen.

Avocado oil

Avocado Oil is another natural oil that is commonly used in skincare for its amazing benefits. Let's analyze the key components and how they can benefit human facial skin:

Fatty Acids:

  1. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA): Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that provides deep moisturization to the skin. Oleic acid helps maintain the skin's lipid barrier, preventing water loss and promoting hydration.
  2. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFA): Avocado oil also contains some linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that supports the skin's barrier function and helps maintain its overall health.
  3. Saturated Fatty Acids: Avocado oil contains smaller amounts of saturated fatty acids. These can help form a protective layer on the skin's surface, preventing moisture loss and keeping the skin soft and supple.


  1. Vitamin E: Avocado oil is a good source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Vitamin E contributes to skin nourishment, supports a healthy complexion, and may reduce signs of aging.
  2. Vitamin D: Although present in small amounts, avocado oil contains some vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a role in skin health and can contribute to the overall well-being of the skin.

Phytosterols: Avocado oil contains various phytosterols, including beta-sitosterol. These compounds have anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe and calm irritated skin.

Benefits for Human Facial Skin:

  1. Deep Hydration: The combination of oleic acid and essential fatty acids in avocado oil helps to deeply moisturize the skin, leaving it soft and supple. This can be especially beneficial for dry or dehydrated skin.
  2. Antioxidant Protection: Vitamin E in avocado oil provides antioxidant benefits, protecting the skin from free radical damage and supporting a youthful appearance.
  3. Skin Barrier Support: The fatty acids in avocado oil strengthen the skin's natural barrier, helping to retain moisture and improve the skin's texture and elasticity.
  4. Soothing Irritation: The phytosterols in avocado oil have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and alleviate redness and irritation, making it suitable for sensitive or inflamed skin.
  5. Wound Healing: Avocado oil's vitamin E content can aid in wound healing and reducing the appearance of scars, supporting the skin's natural regeneration process.
  6. Collagen Production: Vitamin C, found in smaller amounts in avocado oil, is important for collagen production, which is essential for maintaining skin's firmness and elasticity.
  7. Sun Protection: While not a replacement for sunscreen, the presence of vitamin E and other antioxidants in avocado oil may offer some mild protection against UV damage.



Customer Reviews

Based on 254 reviews
Michelle Williams
Acne Serum

I bought the acne serum for my 15 year old son. He was using SLMD acne line and it was break down the integrity of his skin and his skin felt really dry. We are very happy with Lucera (Luminance) ance serum, it is keeping his breakouts at bay and his skin feels soft. He is also using the Rose Water Toner.

Haley Semo
Love is not a strong enough word

I've been buying the acne serum for years and it's amazing. Not harsh on my sensitive skin but helps keep acne at bay. Love how natural these products are, I seriously could not ask for more!

Tori Gruenewald
The best!

I love the acne serum! It works so good!!

Susan Tan

Works well!

Acne Serum

I love this serum! I have mature, sensitive, combination, acne prone skin. This serum along with Delicate Cleanser, Orange Blossom Toner, & Strawberry Moisturizer, keeps my skin clear of blackheads & pimples with no irritation at all.

Carolyn Chan
All Luminance products

Just turned 65, and have been using Luminance now for decades. Started with the body lotion, and now using cleanser/toner/moisturizers, peptide serums/moisturizers, daily with great results. Besides skin feeling and looking good, love the customer service, local/small batch/non toxic aspects of Luminance.

Great product!

I bought this serum for my teenaged son...he loves it and it's cleared up his skin. I love that these products are safe and non- toxic. I've been using Luminance for years!

Valerie Blonder
Acne Serum

This is my only go to!! In fact so is your shampoo, deodorants, face & eye creams and the peptides and serums!

Love your stuff, have referred you to many!

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S. F.
It's great! Used it for years! : )

I've been using the acne serum for years and it's never failed. : )
I have dry, eczema prone skin, and it's not harsh and it works quickly for me. I use it as a spot treatment, mostly.

Kristin H
It actually works

I have been surprised by how well this works. Since the birth of my last child, and having some health issues crop up, my skin has, for the first time in my life, become acne prone. I've found it a little irritating as it's simply not something I've ever had to deal with. This acne serum has done a great job of reducing the acne. It hasn't cleared it totally, but it's at the point where it's not noticeable - and honestly, I wasn't expecting miracles. I'm pleased with the results I've had after using it daily for about two weeks. I'd recommend this if you have mild acne that needs a little push to go away.