Patch Testing Skincare Products

FacemapThere are times when you may want to introduce a new product to your Skincare Regime. You should always patch test new products prior to introducing them to ensure that they are suitable for your skin. This can prevent severe skin reactions and problems that can take a long time to correct themselves and some of which can be unsightly, all of which are unwanted.

Patch testing is a simple method of seeing if a new product, that may contain ingredients you have never tried before, is suitable for your skin. Not all of the steps outlined below are necessary for all products but if you are unsure, have sensitive skin or have had an adverse reaction before, we would encourage you to follow the steps in order.

Patch Testing Skincare Process

If at any point you receive a reaction of any kind, it is likely that you have reacted to one or more of the ingredients in the product and you should discontinue use.

  1. Apply a small amount either to the crook of your elbow or to the inside of your bicep.
  2. Leave for 24 hours.
  3. Examine the area closely and if there is no adverse reaction proceed. Possible reactions include:
    • Redness and swelling
    • Soreness
    • Itching and irritation
  4. Apply a small amount behind an ear.
  5. Leave for 24 hours.
  6. Examine the area as in point 3 and proceed if no reaction.
  7. Apply to a small area of the neck.
  8. Leave for 24 hours.
  9. Examine the area as in point 3 and proceed if no reaction.
  10. Use as prescribed on the areas of concern.
  11. Leave for 24 hours without applying any other skincare.
  12. Use as prescribed and observe any reactions.

Although this process can seem excessively cautious and protracted, and it may not be necessary for all skincare products and all skin types, it could help prevent a serious skin reaction.