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Photosensitization and Phototoxic Essential Oils - What You Need to Know

SUMMER! Beach days, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops — here we come! But before you go and lather up your skin with all those DIY lotions, creams, lip balms, body oils, and perfumes you’ve had so much fun making, there is something very important that you should know: Phototoxicity.

So what IS phototoxicity?

The term ‘phototoxicity’ means that there are specific essential oils that when you put them on your skin and go out into the sun, can cause pretty significant damage, including severe burning, blistering, and discoloration. Yikes!

Not to worry! Even though phototoxicity isn’t something to take lightly, it’s also easy to avoid and keep yourself safe in the sun.

Phototoxicity, also called photosensitization and phototoxic contact dermatitis, is a UV light induced reaction to a photoactive substance.