Patch Testing Guide

Once you purchase a skincare product, the first and most important task is to perform a patch test before incorporating it into your regular skincare regime. A patch test is a simple way of checking whether your skin will react to new products such as cosmetics, soaps, moisturizers or topical medications. Patch testing is a common way to check whether your skin is compatible and is ready to accept the new products that you want to incorporate into your regimen.

Why is it Important?

The reason you should patch test a product before you use it is to avoid the potential severity of an allergic reaction. Allergies can cause anything from minor redness to painful swelling or worse. Patch testing is important because it will help you to be sure that you can safely use a new skin care product. Not just sensitive skin types, everyone should patch test new skin care products to save ourselves from future headaches, and a whole lot of medical bills!

Here’s how you can perform a patch test to test any negative reactions to a new product.

Step 1 – Use a clear patch of skin
When performing a patch test, it is always important to select a patch of skin that you can apply your products to and leave undisturbed for 24 hours or more. Our recommendation would be the area of skin near the crook of your elbow for starters!

Step 2 – Cleaning the area
This is the next important step when you are trying to patch test your skin. This is because when you apply new products to your skin, Any reactions that your skin might have must be due to the product and not because of any impurities or debris that were already present.

Step 3 – Applying the skincare product
Always apply a small amount of the new skincare product and cover the area with a bandaid or any other dressing material. It is always advisable that you apply only a small quantity of the product if in case you do have an allergic reaction to the product

Step 4 – Wait for 24 Hours
Now it’s time to wait. You should ideally allow about 24 hours before removing the bandaid. However, if you experience any pain, burning or itching, you should remove the bandaid and wash the affected area right away.

Step 5 – Observe
Observe and if you notice any redness, burning sensation or irritation discontinue usage immediately. If you’re prone to allergic reactions, it’s best to consult your dermatologist before usage.

Please keep in mind that the patch test is intended for assessing initial irritation reactions to products. It is not suitable for diagnosing hypersensitivity or contact dermatitis since it does not consider underlying problems. Please visit a dermatologist before beginning to use a new product if you have any concerns.

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