How to Perform a Patch Test for Skin Care Products:
The Natural Chemist recommends conducting a patch-test on
any new skin care product before use, to determine your sensitivity to it.This is especially critical if you are on a
number of different medications and/or have a history of allergic reactions,
eczema etc.A patch test will identify whether any of the
substances in the product will cause inflammation or irritation of the skin.
To do a
Take a small amount of the
product you plan to use.
Apply it on the inside of
your forearm or wrist and leave uncovered for 24 hours. This area should
not be washed during this time.
If at any point the skin
becomes red, itchy, inflamed or develops blisters, wash the area
immediately with water and avoid further exposure to the product.
If the product you used has
more than one ingredient, it will be difficult to narrow it down to the
item(s) that caused the reaction. However, make note of what it contains
so that you can determine and/or avoid future exposure to the reactive
Please note that allergies
can develop at any point after initial exposure. The absence of a reaction
does not necessarily mean that sensitivity will not develop with
subsequent exposures. This is true of both orally ingested medications, as
well as topically applied products.
The information provided on this website is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be considered a replacement for the expert advice of a qualified health practitioner. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned herewith are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always see your licensed health care professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.