When you first try a product, it's a 50/50 chance that its a keeper or a disappointment.
By: Kaliann Tate
Many of us do not perform a skin test when getting new skincare or beauty products. Upon receiving a new product we’ll immediately rush into the bathroom and smear the serum or makeup on our face! Then an hour later you’ll look in the mirror and your face is swollen and red!
It is essential that a skin test be completed to avoid adverse reactions and other forms of irritation from occurring. Beauty products can contain allergens, which may cause allergic contact dermatitis or an itchy rash. There is also the potential that you react to a product because your skin does not like an ingredient, even if it’s natural. Don’t worry there’s no fancy methods needed to perform a skin test. It’s very simple and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
You’ll want to perform the skin test prior to a full application of a product. Don’t forget to read the product’s instructions to ensure you follow the guidelines for use.
How To Complete a Patch Test-
Find a small, discreet patch of skin and apply the product. People often complete skin test behind their ear or on the inside of their elbow.
After application wait approximately 24 hours to determine if any signs of an adverse reaction occur. Reactions vary and may be in the form of hives, small bumps or dryness in that area.
When no signs of irritation are present, it’s time to use your new product to it’s fullest potential. If you find yourself breaking out where you patch tested, the product is not compatible with your skin type and it’s time to explore other options!
Always check the ingredients to see if it may be an allergic reaction. If you notice your skin suddenly reacting to products that you’ve been using for quite a while and continues to get worse, you may want to seek out a Dermatologist to see if there is an underlying skin condition.