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What is Phototoxicity and How Does It Apply to Using Essential Oils?


Photosensitization and phototoxicity occur when phototoxic essential oil constituents (natural chemicals found in particular essential oils), particularly furocoumarins (FCs), react when exposed to ultraviolet light. Inflammation, blistering and reddening/burning of the skin are common.

Learn more and view a list of phototoxic essential oils by reading AromaWeb's Guide to Phototoxicity and Essential Oils.

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