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The use of essential oils in acne vulgaris – updated analysis of the web of science literature landscape


Introduction. Utilization of alternative and complementary therapies, such as medicinal plants, is on the rise and prevalent among acne patients. Increasing research is being conducted on the applications of essential oils in acne vulgaris, despite the fact that many more clinical studies are required to provide accurate safety and efficacy profiles of essential oils. However, there are no bibliometric analyses of publication trends and patterns regarding the use of essential oils for the treatment of acne vulgaris.
The objective of the study was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Web of Science database publications in this area of interest.
Materials and methods. The current study employs a bibliometric analysis approach, aiming to uncover collaborative networks, prominent countries, influential journals, and significant articles in the context of essential oils’ utilization in treating acne vulgaris. Data for this study was extracted based on a predefined algorithm from the Web of Science and was subjected to analysis using both the Web of Science web interface and VOSviewer software.
Results. South Korea is the most prolific country in terms of research output and impact in the field [i.e., 13 papers (10.48% of the total) counting 298 citations], followed by India (i.e., 11 papers totaling 67 citations) and Australia (i.e., 8 papers totaling 307 citations). The most influential journals in the field are Phytotherapy Research, Molecules, and Planta Medica, with over 100 citations in total and over 21 average citations per paper. Moreover, Phytotherapy Research provides the most influential manuscript in the field (i.e., Aburjai, T. et al., Plants used in cosmetics, totaling 308 citations) in accordance with the algorithm used. Publication trends and citations received on the applicability of essential oils in the treatment of acne vulgaris are steadily increasing, with a peak in the number of publications obtained in 2021 and a peak in citations obtained by publications in the field in 2022. The most commonly used keywords generated based on the algorithm are essential oil, acne vulgaris, chemical composition, antibacterial, and antioxidant.
Conclusions. This research serves as a time-saving approach and a foundational reference for gaining a comprehensive understanding of this subject and facilitates the exploration of crucial bibliometric indicators during the pre-publication phases.
Keywords: acne vulgaris, essential oils, bibliometric analysis, science mapping, VOSviewer.

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Delia Mirela TIT
Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Oradea
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Bungau AF, Tit DM, Vesa CM, Negru AP, Tarce AG, Radu AF. The use of essential oils in acne vulgaris – updated analysis of the web of science literature landscape. Arch Balk Med Union. 2023;58(4):347-357.