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peppermint

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Plant Extracts , Antibacterial/Anti-Acne , Irritants

Both the oil and the extract can have antimicrobial properties, but they can also have an irritating, sensitizing effect on skin. [1] Peppermint oil is a more potent irritant than peppermint water. Peppermint is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis on the face, particularly around the mouth, as it’s frequently used as flavoring in toothpastes. [2,3]

References Cited:

  1. Iscan G, Kirimer N, Kürkcüoglu M, Baser K, Demirci F. Antimicrobial screening of Mentha piperita essential oils. J Agric Food Chem. 2002;50(14):3973-6.
  2. Posadzki P, Alotaibi A, Ernst E. Adverse effects of aromatherapy: a systematic review of case reports and case series. Int J Risk Saf Med. 2012;24(3):147-61.
  3. Herro E, Jacob S. Mentha piperita (Peppermint). Dermatitis. 2010;21(6):327-29.
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