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World J Dermatol. May 2, 2017; 6(2): 27-31
Published online May 2, 2017. doi: 10.5314/wjd.v6.i2.27
Cutaneous implications of essential oils
Ramya Vangipuram, Lisa Mask-Bull, Soo Jung Kim
Ramya Vangipuram, Center for Clinical Studies, Webster, TX 77598, United States
Lisa Mask-Bull, Soo Jung Kim, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX 79430, United States
Author contributions: Vangipuram R, Mask-Bull L and Kim SJ contributed equally to this work; Vangipuram R wrote the paper; Mask-Bull L developed the idea and designed the outline; Kim SJ performed a critical revision of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Correspondence to: Ramya Vangipuram, MD, Center for Clinical Studies, 451 N. Texas Ave, Webster, TX 77598, United States.
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Received: October 20, 2016
Peer-review started: October 24, 2016
First decision: December 1, 2016
Revised: January 8, 2017
Accepted: February 10, 2017
Article in press: February 13, 2017
Published online: May 2, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Essential oils (EOs) have been used as home remedies for millennia. Currently, widespread acceptance and use of EOs is limited by a lack of large-scale clinical trials in humans. In addition, EOs are associated with notable side effects such as contact and allergic dermatitis, among a myriad of rare but serious systemic side effects. We review the current usage of EOs and identify pertinent cutaneous manifestations.