No known benefits

Camphor at a glance

  • Aromatic substance
  • Sometimes obtained from tree wood
  • Produces a cooling effect on skin
  • Can cause skin sensitivity with repeated use
  • Can also induce sensitivity of the mucus membranes and eyes

Camphor description

Aromatic substance obtained from the wood of a tree common to Southeast Asia, _Cinnamomum camphora_ or manufactured synthetically. When applied to the skin, camphor produces a cooling effect, which can cause skin sensitivity with repeated use. Inhaling camphor at concentrations of 2 ppm (parts per million) or more may cause sensitivity of the mucous membranes. Camphor can also cause skin and eye sensitivity on contact.

Camphor references

  • British Journal of Dermatology, November 2000, issue 5, pages 923-929

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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