If you have sensitive skin, it may be the result of the chemicals, fragrances, and dyes you are using.
However, some natural oils can also cause sensitive skin to become inflamed. Some essential oils are very strong and can irritate the skin.
Many essential oils are considered to be skin irritants, and a few are considered skin sensitizers.
A skin irritant will irritate the skin as soon as it is applied; while a skin sensitizer will make the skin sensitive to other things, like the sun.
While there are many essential oils that can irritate the skin, there are some that can help and provide relief. Knowing which oils can help, and which can cause problems, will help you treat your sensitive skin correctly.
Essential Oils That Can Irritate the Skin
It is now believed that the essential oils which contain a large amount of phenol cause the most skin irritations. Basil, Cinnamon, and Peppermint are in this group of known irritants. These ingredients can be found in foods as well.
If you experience a reaction when eating foods that contain these ingredients you should not use them in oils on the skin.
Lemon grass, Oregano, and lemon can also cause reactions. There are over fifteen essential oils that can be included in this category. You may want to speak with your doctor or an expert on essential oils for a suggestion of what to avoid.
Essential Oils That Can Sensitize the Skin
Certain essential oils will cause the skin to become sensitized. If applied to the skin, these oils can cause the skin to blister, break out in a rash, or develop itchy blotches.
The oils will make the skin sensitive to light, the sun, or your skin may develop antibodies to try and eliminate the oil.
The body may begin to think that the oil is a toxin or harmful substance, and begin to fight it off. The following essential oils should be avoided if you have sensitive skin:
- Fennel (Bitter)
- Cinnamon bark
Essential Oils That Help With Sensitive Skin
If you suffer from sensitive skin there are a few essential oils that may be completely safe, and some provide relief from irritation.
Chamomile, Lavender, and Rose are often thought to be better for those who have sensitive skin. These essential oils can be added to a natural lotion or face cream, to add a smell. They may also be added to a bath for relief with irritated skin.
However, these oils should never be placed on the skin at full strength. Make sure you dilute them before applying to the skin.
As you can see essential oils can both help and harm, if you have sensitive skin. Make sure you test any oils you will be using on a small patch of skin, before applying to a large area.
By doing this, you can avoid a break out over a large area. You may also want to visit with a professional allergy physician to find relief. You can easily determine which substances you are allergic to with a few simple tests.