Photosensitive Essential Oils
Essential Oils & Photosensitivity
This is a reaction that occurs when certain medications or other items, including essential oils, increase your sensitivity to sunlight when they are used internally or topically. Remember, your skin absorbs what you put on it (chemicals, makeup, lotions, nicotine patches, etc) into your bloodstream - often within seconds.
Photosensitive reactions can result in phototoxic results like: sunburn, blistering or rashes on those areas exposed to sun or UV light (including tanning beds).
To eliminate your risk, avoid the sun for the recommended time based on the essential oil you used. If you must go out in the sun, use sunblock (blocks the suns rays completely), NOT sunscreen (screens or filters the suns rays) as well as wear a hat and protective clothing.
Always dilute these oils prior to use. DO NOT use topically when skin will be exposed to direct sunlight within the time periods stated above.
This is NOT a complete list and ALL oils should be researched prior to using.
Read more about Bergamot sun sensitivity info (click “Interactions” tab).