Some ingredients in your new skin care product may irritate you skin, may cause you burning sensation so it’s crucial to do a patch test on your new product especially people with sensitive skin.

The reason why you need to do a patch test is to see the compatibility of your new skin care products with your skin. You want to introduce the new product SLOWLY to your skin not just jumping in and hoping for a miracle to happen.

We’ve all been there. A new product that you’ve been dying to try for ages finally lands on store shelves—or at your door step after an online order—and you cannot wait to rip into the packaging and douse yourself in shiny new goo. But after you do, your face is bright red and burning. Let us explain why you should always patch test a new skin care product—no matter what—and what kind of reactions you should look for.

HOW TO DO A PATCH TEST?

Take a little amount of the product and apply it at your inner elbow or at the back of your ears for 5-10 minutes to see if there’s an adverse reaction

Patch testing for breakouts

If you’re patch testing a product to see if it will make you break out, you should go about things a little differently. First, you should apply the product directly to your face on either your cheek or your chin. These are two areas that are most prone to blemishes because there’s a higher concentration of oil-producing glands. Apply your new product daily (to the same area) for a week to determine whether your skin will react

Patch testing for allergic reactions

You should patch test in two places: First, somewhere hidden (should a reaction occur), and then somewhere close to the area where the product will be applied once it’s been approved for usage. For example, if you’re testing for your face, a great location is the side of your neck. If you’re testing for your elsewhere on your body, try behind your knees, your belly, or your upper arms.

Once you’ve determined where to patch test, apply a tiny amount to the area. There should be no other products on the skin so that you can properly test this product. Reactions will typically occur with 24 hours

Reactions to look for: Now that you’ve applied, it’s time to pay attention to how your skin reacts!

Major reactions: A really awful reaction will be quite noticeable. Your skin will likely look red, bumpy or splotchy, and it will feel itchy or painful.

Mild reactions: You may also experience a mild reaction, which could mean one of two things. The first is that your skin isn’t fond of the product, so you should discontinue usage

Breakouts: Obviously, you want to keep an eye out for any pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads. These can usually be seen or felt, but you can also examine your skin with a magnifying mirror to determine if there are any clogged pores. If your skin is breaking out, it’s best to discontinue use.

Normal reactions: If your skin doesn’t react at all (except to do what the product promises), then you’ve found your product soulmate!

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