Fruit that contains psoralens, which are compounds that may cause skin to react when it's exposed to UV light. Topical application can cause sensitizing reactions, making fig an ingredient to avoid in leave-on skincare products.
References for this information:
Food and Function, December 2015, pages 3,663-3,677
Journal of Natural Products, July 2001, pages 993-996
About the Experts
Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:
The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!