Lemon Oil



No known benefits

Lemon Oil description

Commonly used citrus oil that can be a skin sensitizer, especially on abraded skin. Lemon oil has limited research proving any benefits for skin. As with many fragrant oils, lemon oil has antioxidant components that can be beneficial, but there’s no valid reason to tolerate the bad to get the good. Lemon oil contains numerous fragrance chemicals that can cause a reaction when on skin that’s subsequently exposed to sunlight. Examples of the fragrance chemicals in lemon oil include limonene, bergapten, and oxypeucedanin. Although it smells great, fragrance is not skincare! The major fragrance chemical in lemon oil is limonene.

Lemon Oil references

  • Toxicology In Vitro, 2010, issue 8, 2084-2089
  • Acta Dermato Venereological, 2007, issue 4, pages 312-316
  • Archives of Dermatological Research, 1985, issue 1, pages 31-36

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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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Not rated