As a result for the constant awareness spread everywhere online and on magazines about the harmful effects of chemical ingredients in beauty products, Most women now are looking for natural alternatives in hope that natural products won’t will provide them the benefit and keep away the harm. Essential oils are becoming the newest most popular trend in the “green beauty” products.
Dermatologists say that the number of patients with allergic reactions showing on their skin as a result of using essential oils directly on the skin is increasing significantly.
According to a review published in The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, the most common essential oil types to cause allergic reactions include ylang-ylang, peppermint oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil. Even though there is another Polish study show 35 other types of essential oils that can be aggressive to the skin.
Since people are different and their skin can respond differently to different products even completely natural ones. It is hard to predicted if your skin will get sensitive or show any allergic reaction to any specific type of essential oils even if the person has never shown an allergic reaction before.
The irritation that happens to the skin is a result to inflammation happening to the skin as reaction to exposure to certain oils. The severity of the irritation depend on the amount of exposure.
Some believe that it is the terpene content in essential oils that is causing the skin irritation, however studies showed that the irritation could be caused by high phenol content in some types of essential oils.
Always make sure to make a patch test in a small area of your arm to make sure the oil will not have any allergic reaction for your skin. If you notice redness, rashes, irritation, burning, bumps, peeling of the skin then stop using this oil or the oil blend and make sure to clean the area you used it on properly.
Other types of essential oils that could be harsh on the skin or cause skin irritation include basil, black pepper, ginger, lemon, oregano, lemongrass, red thyme, clove, birch bimento berry, cassia, cinnamon, wintergreen, tagetes.
If your skin shows to be sensitive to store-bought products or essential oils, it is better to stick to these natural, safe and very effective options which are (coconut oil, Shea butter, aloe vera gel, chamomile essential oil, cocoa butter and even milk cream.