Dermatological Effects

Oil of bergamot (C. aurantium spp. bergamia) was a relatively frequent cause of dermatitis prior to the banning of this aromatic substance from cosmetics (37). The phenomena of "Berloque dermatitis" has been extensively reviewed (38,39) and is thought to be caused mainly by the furocoumarin bergapten (5-methoxypsoralen) (40-42). This photomutagenic and photocarcinogenic substance has been largely removed from the cosmetic industry, but the extract is still prevalent in aromatherapy (43). Recently cases have been reported of bullous reactions after contact or aerosolization exposure followed by sun exposure or tanning (37).

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