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lime oil and extract
Citrus fruit whose volatile compounds are skin sensitizers and photosensitizers. Lime oil is a known fragrance sensitizer that contains the fragrance chemicals bergapten and limonene, both of which can cause what’s known as a photosenstive reaction when applied to skin. A phototoxic reaction can result in a patchy, uneven appearance to skin. Although lime extract and oil may have some antioxidant activity, their sensitizer potential outweighs any benefit.
Toxicology In Vitro, 2010, issue 8, pages 2084-2089
Acta Derm-Venereologica, 2007, issue 4, pages 312-316
Food and Chemical Toxicology, 1993, issue 5, pagesa 331-335
Archives of Dermatological Research, 1985, issue 1, pages 31-36
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