Why You Need To Do A Skin Patch Test

Published: January 2, 2017

Have you ever had a reaction to skin care products?  You’re not alone, many people have dealt with some sensitivity outbreaks that are a result of the skin care products that they began using.  Unfortunately, once you get to using new products it can be difficult to tell what product(s) are really giving you the reaction.  And let’s be honest, after you purchase some new products it’s kind of a downer to then discover that you’re having a reaction from it.  But what if there was a way to find out if you’re going to have a negative reaction to the products potentially before you purchase them (if possible) or before you begin slathering them all over your skin?  Well, there is!  We’re chatting about why you need to do a skin patch test…

Quite possibly the most important reason why you need to do a skin patch test is because you’re getting a heads up (in a sense) about whether or not you’re going to have a negative reaction to any skin care products.  Many people have found that by performing a skin patch test they’re able to keep from having even worse reactions down the line.  So many people find that performing a skin patch test, and having a result that shows they’re having a negative reaction can actually stop them from having very serious reactions down the line because often without those skin patch tests you may not realize that you’re facing a negative reaction until you’ve applied the products ALL over your skin and find a massive outbreak happen on your skin.  So doing a skin patch test allows you to eliminate a lot of that frustration and embarrassment that may be the result of having a sensitivity outbreak.

Not quite sure how to do a skin patch test?  Fortunately, they’re very easy to do and just take a few minutes.  Using a cotton swab you’re going to apply a small amount of the skin care product (this also works for hair care products) onto the skin.  Now, many skin care experts suggest that WHERE you do this skin patch test is just as important as actually doing it.  Typically it’s suggested to apply the product to the skin just behind your ear(s), at the nape of the neck, and/or the inside of your elbow.  These areas have been found to show any sensitivity that may arise in a much more effective way.  Once you’ve applied the product(s) to your skin you’re going to need to wait a few minutes to allow them to dry and leave those areas be for about 12 hours or so to see if you spot a reaction.  Pay attention to any sort of reaction that you may find or experience, from things like itchiness to redness – and everything in between.  It’s important to take that time when the product is on your skin to examine the area thoroughly.

If you haven’t tried skin patch tests in the past, will you give it a try moving forward?

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