Be careful when mixing essential oils with a tanning bed. (Warning: The photos below are graphic.)
That's the "public service message" that Elise Nguyen posted to her Facebook page, reports Allure:
On March 25th, I applied #doterra essential oils (which are appropriate to apply directly to the skin) to my wrists and my neck prior to a hot yoga class. After class (one hour later) I went tanning in a tanning bed as I was going to Jamaica for a wedding and I didn't want to fry my skin off while there.
The next day, I noticed irritation where I applied the oil. Initially I thought it was a reaction to a new laundry detergent. Well over the next couple of days, I developed nasty blisters due to a chemical burn.
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Turns out, there is a teeny tiny caution on the oil that states "stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application" or something like that. I developed second and third degree burns from the oils.
According to the doTERRA website, the company was "built on the mission of sharing therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world." The company name means "Gift of the Earth."
The corporate website provides a definition of essential oils:
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If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
... Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit.
For Nguyen, the desired benefit was most assuredly not chemical burns. However, she's not pointing fingers.
"I'm not blaming the company, it was my own damn fault," she admits. "But every yogi that I've talked to has no clue that this could have happened. So as summer is getting closer, and the weather is getting nicer, I just want everyone to be aware of this. Please, please read the bottles of anything you put on your skin. I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else. It's been hell."