Bergamot Oil Side Effects and Skin Irritation


Bergamot oil is derived from bergamot fruit. This oil has extensive benefits in aromatherapy and medical field. However, excess use may result in bergamot side effects.

For its distinct taste this oil is added in Earl Grey tea. Depression, anxiety and stress can be reduced by this bergamot oil. Bergapten component housed in bergamot are responsible for possible side effects.

Skin Irritation

Redness, rashes and blisters accompanied by inflammation can be seen after topical application of bergamot oil.

Essential oils are packed with exceptional nutrients. However, concentrated oils may irritate your sensitive skin.

This is why beauty experts recommend diluting essential oil before using it topically. However, even after diluted bergamot oil can irritate your skin.

Adverse Reaction

Bergapten, a compound in this oil has shown potassium depletion when ingested. A 44 year aged person experienced muscle cramps, blurred vision, paresthesias and fasciculations after having Earl Grey tea flavored with bergamot oil.

Make your Skin Sensitive to Sun (Photosensitivity)

Topical application of bergamot oil may result in scabs, pigment spots, skin cancer and sensitive to sun light.

Bergamottin, a component residing in bergamot oil actively absorbs UV rays, which is the primary reason for this side effect.

Pregnant women and children must keep away from topical application of bergamot oil. Side effects of bergamot oil in children include convulsion and death if taken in large amount. (Source:

Difference Between Bergamot Side Effect and Allergy

Hives, swelling of throat and itchy patches are symptoms of an allergic reaction. Diarrhea, nausea and hives are signs of side effects.

Symptoms are almost similar and it isn’t easy for a normal person to differentiate.

This is the reason why most people wrongly thinks they are allergic certain substances when they are not.

Allergic reaction is very rare when compared to side effects.

Your immune system detects a foreign body as a threat and releases IgE antibodies to combat them. An allergic reaction may not be experienced first time. After a couple of times, the reaction triggers resulting in mild, moderate or severe symptoms.

Whereas, side-effect is common and is resulted due to excess use of the substance.

In both cases, avoiding the allergen and substance that caused side-effect will reduce the symptom.

Consult physician if you experience bergamot side effects.

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