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Say No To These Essential Oils If You Have Sensitive and Reactive Skin

Not all personal care products labeled as natural or organic are always safe. Especially for those with sensitive and reactive skin, you should be cautious about products that contain essential oils.

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Now to make sure you don’t alleviate your skin’s condition, steer clear of the following essential oils:

Fragrant Essential Oils

Wondering why your skin gets itchy after spraying your favorite lavender perfume? The scent you love might be the culprit. Lavender contains an allergen called linalool.

According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner of the Mt. Sinai Hospital, “… lavender oil is really fragrant and strong, which is great for aromatherapy, but less so for skincare,”.

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Especially to those with temperamental skin, even a small drop of this sweet-smelling essential oil can cause redness and itching. But, should you stay away from all scented skincare products?

Here is the rule of thumb: The stronger the scent, the more likely it’ll mess with your sensitive skin. That being said, you might want to avoid the following fragrant essential oils:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Tangerine
  • Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Lemongrass
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Calamansi
  • Geranium
  • Rosewood
  • Balsam of Peru
  • Clove

These essential oils may contain potent allergens such as citronellol, geraniol, limonene or linalool—the components responsible for their distinct fragrant smell.

Photosensitive Essential Oils

If your skin is exposed to sunlight, photosensitive essential oils will make your skin temporarily pigmented or irritated. It’s because of the UV rays that reacts to the essential oil. Hence the name, photosensitive.

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Commonly, citrus essential oils contain coumarins, linalool, and furocoumarins, which are potential photosensitizers. So, avoid products with citrus oils (e.g. bergamot peel, orange peel, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, etc.).

Other essentials oils which can cause photosensitive reaction includes:

  • Cumin Seed
  • Angelica Root
  • Tea tree

Cooling Essential Oils

Do you feel a mild burn after using your mint-flavored toothpaste? Likewise, menthol the component that is responsible for the cooling sensation in peppermint oil can trigger skin irritation.

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You’ll know when these essential oils are added in your product if you see words like “fresh”, “tingly”, “invigorating” or “cooling” on its label. So, never slather products on your skin which contain the following essential oils:

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • Pennyroyal
  • Balm mint
  • Camphor
  • Rosewood
  • Bergamot

Interestingly, the same allergen found in most fragrant essential oils is also present in most cooling essential oils.  

Spearmint contains limonene, a known skin allergen which is also found in orange bitter. The calming lavender and rosewood contain linalool, the component that makes them fragrant is an allergen.  

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Say goodbye to your favorite scent 

Anyone would agree that the smell of essential oils is what makes any personal care product attractive. And you might love how bergamot’s spicy floral scent would complement your free-spirited personality.  But if you want to pamper your sensitive skin, please don’t wear it not even once.

Source: Marie Claire

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