More evidence has been published that finds essential oils could make male breasts develop in young boys. Gynaecomastia (the appearance of male breasts) can be a highly distressing condition and more research is being focused on what causes it.
True Gynaecomastia, which is the over-development of glandular breast tissue in the male chest is relatively rare and it is not always possible to find an exact cause, but a number of cases linked to the use of essential oils has prompted a group of American researchers to look more closely at this possible association.
Essential Oils and Gynaecomastia Risk
These plant-derived oils, including lavender and tea tree oil, are all very popular in the cosmetics industry; used in soaps, shampoos, and facial cleansers.
The American study has found that key chemicals in the oils could boost oestrogen and inhibit the production of testosterone, resulting in the overdevelopment of small amounts of glandular tissue (that all men have) during puberty. However, not everyone will have the same reaction.
Lead researcher J. Tyler Ramsey from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recommends caution: “Our society deems essential oils as safe. However, they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.”
The good news is that, in most cases, the symptoms subsided when they stopped using the products, but what do you do if your ‘moobs’ won’t go away, whatever steps you take?
Treatments for Gynaecomastia
The first step is to diagnose whether the problem is the result of enlargement of breast tissue or the accumulation of subcutaneous fat and stretched skin in the chest area, which often can appear breast-like. If the former, then ascertaining the underlying cause if possible is important. Rarely, it might be the result of a tumour, but can also be caused by genetics, steroid use and some medications.
Mr Vik Vijh has followed in the footsteps of Mr Paul Levick who pioneered Gynaecomastia in the UK and honed the technique to achieve even better results.
To find out which Gynaecomastia procedure is best for you, call us to arrange a consultation. We consult in London, Birmingham and Hereford.