How To Do A Patch Test For Skincare Products
In this article learn how to do a patch test for new skin products to avoid any allergic reactions. We have a step by step guide to help you!
What Is A Skincare Patch Test?
A patch test is a method used to determine which specific substances cause allergic inflammation of a person's skin. Patch testing helps identify which substances may cause a delayed-type allergic reaction in a person. There’s one simple way to gauge whether or not your skin will have an adverse reaction to any product: It’s called the spot test, or the patch test. It’s done by applying the product to a less noticeable, small patch of skin, to see what it does with your specific skin’s chemistry. It's simple, but you have to be patient, because you likely won’t get an instant result.
Why Is Patch Testing Important?
Patch tests are important as some allergic reactions can be quite dangerous. They can range from a small irritation, to dermatitis, to anaphylactic shock. Skin patch tests prove to be the best way to identify hypersensitivity reactions of the skin.
Should I Patch Test Every New Skincare Product I Use?
Not necessarily. However, if you do have sensitive skin or have had reactions to certain products before then we would advise doing a patch test. Although, before buying new products, you should always seek professional advice first. You can get that by booking an online skin consultation with our skincare expert over on GlowBay.
How To Patch Test
If you’re unsure of how to carry out a patch test then follow this step by step guide:
- Use a clear patch of skin- Choose an area and clear patch of skin to test whatever the product is. It should be somewhere that you can comfortably leave alone for up to 24 hours. The skin around the crease of your elbow is a good example of the kind of area you can use.
- Clean the area first- Clean the patch of skin you’re going to use first. If there is a reaction, you will want to be sure that it’s the new product you applied and not something else. So make sure to clean the area first.
- Apply a small amount of product to the area you selected and cover with a plaster.
- Allow at least 24 hours before removing the plaster. If you do experience any burning, itching or pain, remove the plaster and wash the area with cold water and apply a cold compress. It would also be advisable to contact your GP.
Online Skin Consultation
As we said above, we do always recommend speaking to a professional before changing to new products. You can book an online skin consultation here at GlowBay and get all the correct info you need to ensure the best skin possible.