Woman applied essential oil on her face, without imagining the terrible consequences.
Many people turn to aromatherapy to relax, alleviate ailments, even fight diseases, it is a therapeutic treatment where natural or essential oils are used that are extracted from plants, flowers, herbs or trees.
These oils emit different aromas, which are inhaled, added to the bath water or applied directly to the body, promoting physical and psychological well-being. Some oils are: Bergamot, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Mint, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, all of them act with different health purposes.
Being natural, it is believed that they do not cause any physical harm, however Elise Nguyen, from Wisconsin, USA, experienced a terrible ordeal. According to what was published in Upsolc and other media, Elise applied essential oils directly to relax, but when exposed to the sun’s rays, she caused terrible burns on her skin.
She shared in her social network that she applied some essential oils (doTERRA Wild Orange), at the beginning of her yoga class, at the end of her routine, she went to the tanning lamp, since she was going to attend a wedding and wanted to look beautiful and with a spectacular skin color.
A reaction on your skin
The next day Elise applied the oils and tanned, she noticed that her skin was blistered. She immediately went to the doctor where they confirmed that some oils from citrus plants penetrate the skin and react with ultraviolet rays from the sun’s rays or from a tanning lamp. The specialists diagnosed him with phytophotodermatitis.
What is phytophotodermatitis ?
It is a rash that occurs when the skin comes into contact with radiation from the sun and a photosensitizing substance, appearing 24 hours later. These substances are derived from citrus fruits such as lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, celery, etc. When the substances are activated by sunlight, they trigger skin lesions on the face, forearms, hands and legs.
How is it detected?
Some parts of the skin turn red, burn, swollen, cause intense itching, heat up, also appear blisters, scales and temporary thickening of the skin tissue. The affected area takes a brown color that can persist for several months.
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Elise adds that there is a warning on essential oils, which she did not notice, where they warn that they should not be applied and exposed to UV rays. Fortunately, phytophotodermatitis can be treated, dermatologists usually use antihistamines and corticosteroids, which are medications to relieve pain and fight the condition.
Some plants that produce photophotodermatitis are:
Rutáceas: they are citrus fruits such as lime, orange, lemon, also bergamot and rue.
Apiaceae: carrots, dill, fennel, parsley, celery
Fabaceae: legumes such as psoralea corylifolia
Moraceae: fig tree
It is important to read the instructions of all the products that we apply to the skin, to avoid any type of injury or illness. Skin care is essential, remember not to expose yourself to the sun’s rays and apply a sunscreen every day.
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