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Ylang-Ylang Oil


This patient information on Ylang-Ylang Oil is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Ylang-Ylang oil. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of Ylang-Ylang oil to your skin. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always "remembers" and you will be Ylang-Ylang oil sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.

This chemical is an essential oil from a flower native to in the Philippine Islands. It is most commonly used in fragrances, perfumes and cosmetics. An unusual reaction with this chemical is hyper pigmentation. This chemical may have cross-reaction with Benzyl Salicylate and Geranial.

Where is chemical found?

Bath oils
Hair conditioners
Massage oils
Perfumes and Fragrances

Hints on avoiding chemical:

It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.

Other names you may see this chemical listed as:

Cananga oil

Possible Occupational Exposures:

Veterinarians and other animal caretakers
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Laundering and Dry cleaning machine Operators
Health and Biological Technicians


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