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It Is Not Recommended To Use Eucalyptus Oil On Your Skin – Here’s Why!

Not all essential oils are suggested for skin use. It’s a common misperception that if it is natural, it is skin-friendly.

That’s not true. So, it is better to take a second and get information before using an essential oil and adding it in your skincare routine. 

Keep reading to learn more about eucalyptus oil for skin.

What is eucalyptus oil?

Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil distilled from the leaf of an evergreen tree native to Australia. Instantly recognized by its strong, woody, spa-like aroma, the essential oil is commonly used to help alleviate chest congestion and ease cold symptoms, specifically sinus and respiratory ones

Eucalyptus oil potential benefits and side effects:

Unfortunately, there are limited human studies showing its benefits for the skin. 

With that in mind, the potential skin benefits are that this essential oil promotes wound healing, moisturizes, and protects with its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.

Potent eucalyptus oil may cause irritation, itching, or burning at the site of application but if regardless of that you still choose to use eucalyptus oil topically, at least dilute it properly in a carrier oil (like jojoba) and stick to using it on the body rather than the face. 

It is suggested that there is less harm and more benefit by inhaling it than applying it topically which may not directly affect the skin, but its anti-inflammatory benefits can ease and relax tight muscles and aid in overall wellness, which is why it’s a commonly chosen aroma at spas.

So what’s the final verdict?

Look for clinically proven active ingredients, and if eucalyptus is a bonus ‘great scent,’ then go for it. 

I wouldn’t, however, rely on it as your hero skincare ingredient.

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Dr. DonikaAbout the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
She has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.

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