A Guide to Patch Testing

A patch test is a really useful way to check how your skin will react to a new product. We would recommend completing a test for any new product you use on your skin, especially if you suffer with sensitive, eczema prone skin or other skin condition.

Here’s our guide to completing a patch test:

  1. Chose a small patch of skin. This should be a small area of skin that’s easy for you to test on. Ideally, use an area you can cover and leave for up to 24 hours. Some experts suggest behind your ear or in the crook of your arm. We would recommend an area that’s most sensitive for you; for me the back of my hand is most sensitive and shows up allergic reactions the fastest so it’s ideal for me to patch test on this area.
  2. Clean the test area. Clean the patch of skin you are going to test thoroughly using the products you usually use.
  3. Apply the product. Apply a small amount of the product to the patch of skin you’re testing and cover if possible
  4. Wait for 24 hours. Wait and then uncover the area of skin to check for a reaction. A mild reaction may show as reddening or drying of the skin. If the skin is red, swollen, if it itches or there is a rash, it’s likely that you’ve had an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the product. If this is the case, do not use. Please contact us and tell us about your experience.

If at any time during your patch test you experience itching or any pain, remove the covering and wash immediately. Do not use the product any further. If the symptoms persist, we would recommend contacting your doctor.

 

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