Did you know that any ingredient can cause an irritation or allergy to someone? Yep, even natural ingredients. I mean, there are people (very few, it’s true) that are allergic to water, and what’s more natural than water?
You don’t want to slather a cream all over your face just to see it turn red, and feel it itching like mad. That’s why brands always recommend you perform a patch test, first. It’s there, written on the label, but we all ignore it, thinking we don’t need it.
I don’t do patch tests all the time, either. But, when I pick a product that has even one ingredient I have never used before, then, yes, I’ll take the time to do a patch test first. Here’s how:
What The Heck Is A Patch Test?
A patch test is a way to determine if a product will cause a negative reaction on your skin. It is usually done on a small area, like the wrist. That way, if an irritation or allergy occurs, the damage is limited and easy to treat. At the very least, it’s easy to cover up with a top or bangles.
So, How Do I Do A Patch Test?
It’s really, really easy:
- Choose a small area that’ll act as guinea pig. As I already mentioned, I do it on the inside of my wrist.
- Apply a small amount of product to the area and wait for 24 hours.
- During this time, keep checking for signs of negative reactions, such as swelling, redness, itching, or burning.
- Is something off? If you’re developing any of the symptoms above, wash the area off with water IMMEDIATELY. Nothing’s happening? Go on, use it on your face (or body). It’s safe.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A patch test may be a nuisance, but it can also save you from a lot of pain. Don’t skip it!
Do you usually do patch tests?