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What Are the Side Effects of Using Rose Water Daily?

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Radhika Bhatia

Find out what are the side effects of using rose water daily in skin, hair, medical, and food products.

Rose water is generally suitable for all skin types, including the most delicate ones. Since ancient times, rose water has been a popular beauty supplement due to its revitalizing, calming, and relaxing effects. It has antiseptic properties as well and is often used to make skin glow. 

However, it may have some side effects if used daily or in more quantities than is appropriate.

Let's take a look at some of the side effects of using rose water daily in various capacities. We'll also look at some benefits you can get from it when used right.

Table of Contents:

  • How Rose Water Can be Used
  • In cosmetics
  • Medicinal use
  • For eye care
  • For hair care
  • In cooking
  • Side Effects of Using Rose Water Daily
  • Cosmetic reactions
  • Medical reactions
  • Reaction to eye drops
  • Side effects on hair
  • Side effects when ingested through food

    How Rose Water Can be Used

    Rose water can be used in any of the following ways.

    • In cosmetics

    Whenever it comes to skincare or cosmetic use, rosewater has a plethora of advantages. In general, it is appropriate for all skin types. It can provide the skin with a pristine, radiant, and beaming appearance when used on a daily basis.

    • Medicinal use

    Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rose water can help injuries heal more quickly by preventing infections and keeping them clean. It has been demonstrated that rose water is also helpful for treating and preventing infections. This is because of its antiseptic qualities and the fact that it can cause the immune system to produce histamines.

    medicinal use of rose water
    • For eye care

    Rose water has been demonstrated to have outstanding benefits for individuals with eye conditions and can be consumed in liquid form as an eye drop. It helps with conditions like conjunctivitis and even cataracts.

    • For hair care

    Shampoos, hair masks, and other hair care products all contain rose water. These products contain rose water because it has qualities that can hydrate the scalp and thereby combat dandruff. It can also be applied directly to the scalp.

    • In cooking

    Rose water can be used in cooking. Traditional dishes that incorporate this extract include lamb stew, rice pudding, and biryani. Additionally, some individuals add it to cocktails as well.

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    Side Effects of Using Rose Water Daily

    While rose water is 100% natural and is known to be safe for most people, it may have some side effects on a few people when used daily. Let's look at some possible side effects of rose water in each of the cases mentioned above.

    You may also be allergic to rose water, and even a single use may cause the allergy to flare up.

    To know if you're allergic to rose water, apply it to your inner elbow and leave it on for 24 hours. If you are allergic, you may experience symptoms such as irritation, burning, redness of the skin, and itching. It may also cause rashes in kids and infants.

    • Cosmetic reactions

    While rose water is generally safe for all skin types, many cosmetics are made with several chemicals. The interaction of rose water with such chemicals may lead to an allergic reaction such as rashes, burning, or redness of the skin. This may also happen if you are already allergic to rose water and don't know that the products contain rose extracts.

    Side Effects of Using Rose Water

    You can try the WOW Skin Science range of skin care products to avoid this issue. All products are made from 100% vegan bio-actives and are safe, even for sensitive skin.

    • Medical reactions

    If you are naturally allergic to rose water and ingest it as a medical treatment or to treat cuts and wounds, you may experience severe reactions. It can be anything from blisters, hives, and swelling to trouble with breathing, swallowing, or talking. It may show symptoms with or without a fever.

    If you experience any reactions after consuming rose water or applying it to wounds topically, seek medical help immediately.

    • Reaction to eye drops

    There are no noted side effects of using rose water as eye drops, but you may experience severe reactions if you are naturally allergic to it. Therefore, always check whether you're allergic to rose water before you put it in your eyes or buy drops that contain rose water.

    If you experience any symptoms like burning or excessive watering of the eyes, wash them with clean, cold water immediately and seek medical help.

    • Side effects on hair

    Using rose water to hydrate your scalp and improve the health of your hair is good. But if you use it more than is appropriate (usually once a day is fine), it may lead to hair damage. 

    If you are allergic to rose water, you can try the WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Mask for Dry, Damaged Hair instead of applying rose water to your scalp.

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    • Side effects when ingested through food

    The digestive system may be harmed by excessive use of rose water. Additionally, the rose water's potent aroma can overpower the dish's natural flavor. When cooking, it's important to use rose water cautiously to avoid this issue.


    Rose water is a generally safe ingredient to use in skincare, haircare, medical, and food products. However, some people may have side effects if it is used daily or in excess quantities. Some people may also be inherently allergic to it. If you are allergic, it's best to find a range of vegan skin and hair products that are kind to sensitive skin.

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    Radhika Bhatia

    I'm a content writer, copywriter, and blogger with a background in marketing, planning, and eCommerce. I specialize in beauty writing, including skincare, cosmetics, wellness, aesthetics, and health. Classically trained and idea-savvy, I love living in the present.

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