Frequently Asked Questions
A patch test is a method used to determine whether a specific substance causes allergic inflammation of the skin. Any individual suspected of having allergic contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis needs to patch test.
We each individually have very unique skin types and this is exactly why one person’s “Holy Grail” Skincare product can be the worst nightmare for someone else. Especially if you have extremely, sensitive reactive skin. Hence, it is super important to test products out on a specific area of your skin first, before plastering them all over your body especially the face only to later pay the price for neglecting this very important step of adding a new product or starting skin care routine.
Start by apply 1/2 a pea size amount of product to the back of your ear each time on clean skin, this must be done long enough so that you are able to see if any ingredient is causing irritation and or an allergic or comedogenic reaction on the skin. Testing can also be carried out on a small part of the skin, where you experience the most breakouts or congestion.
Application for two weeks morning and evening can be a good starting point for most people. For individuals with extremely sensitive skin types, these reactions may occur in as little as 24 hrs. You know your skin best, so watch it closely as you carry out these tests. And stop if you notice, that the new product is giving you problems.