Short Communication

Burning Skin on Face Following the Use of Cloves (Syzygium Aromaticum)

Samir El MazouzM1, Abdelmoughit Echchaoui1*, Narjis Badrane2 and Majda Askour3
1Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns, IbnSina University Hospital, Mohamed V University, Morocco
2Poison Control and Pharmacovigilance Centre of Morocco, Morocco
3Department of Dermatologie-Venerology, IbnSina University Hospital, Mohamed V University, Morocco

*Corresponding author: bdelmoughit Echchaoui, Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns, IbnSina University Hospital, Mohamed V University, RABAT 10000, Morocco

Published: 20 Sep, 2017
Cite this article as: El Mazouz S, Echchaoui A, Badrane N, Askour M. Burning Skin on Face Following the Use of Cloves (Syzygium Aromaticum). Clin Surg. 2017; 2: 1620.


Cloves; SyzygiumAromaticum; Eugenia Caryophyllata; Eugenol; Burning Skin

Short Communication

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) (Figure 1) is a plant-derived spice that has been traditionally used for centuries as food preservative and as medicinal plants [1].
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and bactericide activities of clove are mainly due to its major components, which is the eugenol with a concentration rate ranging from to (77-95%) [2,3].
Clove is generally safe when taken in foods in lower concentrations [4], however, it is not recommended as a topical application on skin due to insufficiency of safety and toxicity data [5]; it was found to be highly cytotoxic for human fibroblasts and endothelial cells [6] leading to allergic skin reactions (burning, hives, itching, irritation, rash…), ulcer formation and/or tissue necrosis [7].
We report a case of a 39-year-old female patient in good overall health presented with Burning skin on her face following the use of mixture (cloves and water)for an aesthetic purpose.
Physical examination showed a first-degree burn on her left hemiface (Figure 2), homogeneous, Remedy Publications LLC., | 2 2017 Volume 2 | Article 1620 without skin necrosis.
The lesion was successfully treated with topical application of betasitosterol daily for ten days.

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Figure 1
Clove (Syzygiumaromaticum).

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Figure 2
A first-degree burn on left hemiface.


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