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Pulp Fiction? Here’s the Truth About Bergamot

It’s widely celebrated for a distinctive flavor and therapeutic scent, but this zesty Italian orange is also a powerful skincare secret—Step away from the Earl Grey and prepare to discover the other side of bergamot.

What It Is?  As an ingredient in food and skincare, “bergamot” usually refers to the oil derived from the rind of the bergamot orange.

Where Does It Comes From?  More than 80 percent of bergamot oranges hail from the Calabria region of Italy.

What It’s Good For?  Something of a skincare catchall, bergamot has been touted for the treatment of acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation, and even psoriasis. The citrus is perhaps most celebrated (and trusted) in the realm of aromatherapy, where it is used for stress relief. In some studies, it has even mimicked the calming effect of anti-anxiety medications…no  prescription required.

How Does It Works?  A host of active chemicals makes bergamot a natural astringent and antiseptic, which proves valuable in shaving soaps and skincare. It also stimulates regeneration to heal acne and scars, and wards off infection and fungus. These complexion-boosting properties, paired with a naturally calming scent, make bergamot a smart additional to any sink ledge.

 

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