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Lavender is Toxic to Skin Cells

Further proof that dogmatic adherence to untested and theoretically unsound natural skin care practices is deleterious, lavender has emerged as cytotoxic for skin.

Dermaxine (bio-cellular skin care products) claim erroneously that lavender has "cytophylactic properties (encouraging the growth of new skin cells) [and] stimulates the growth of new skin cells, which is a boon for any anti-aging skin care product."

While its fragrance may be pleasant and therapeutic (lavender is proven to slow brain waves), lavender does not produce net gain for skin.

For further information, see Cytotoxicity of Lavender Oil and its Major Components to Human Skin Cells.

Lavender is a major component of natural, aromatherapy and organic skin care brands such as Decleor, Dr. Hauschka, Yonka, Jurlique, Avalon Organics and Darphin.

Lavender Cytotoxicity Reference

Cytotoxicity of lavender oil and its major components to human skin cells. A. Prashar, I. C. Locke, C. S. Evans. Cell Proliferation, Volume 37 Issue 3, Pages 221 - 229.

Lavender Cytotoxicity Notes

Skin Care Failure: Only Use Natural or Organic Skin Care — About Natural Skin Care, Melbourne Dermatology.

About lavender — Melbourne Dermatology.

Skin care products containing lavender — Melbourne Dermatology.

Further Harm Avoidance Topics

Information About Rosacea Is Not Rosacea Treatment Knowledge.

Relatively Deleterious Properties and Ideas in Skin Care.

Unfortunate Aspects of Mainstream Skin "Care."


Author: Peter Wilson.

Reviewed: Friday, April 30, 2010.


Further Information: Lavender is Toxic to Skin Cells : Lavender for Rosacea? — Studies Show Toxicity to Skin Cells :




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