Do you know that pimples, redness, itching, and several other skin concerns are a result of the wrong skincare products? If you want to prevent reactions on your skin from any skincare product, a skin patch test is essential. Delve deeper to learn more about the skin patch test, its importance, and how to do it.
What is a skin patch test?
Skincare products often contain ingredients that might cause allergic reactions on your skin. Therefore, it is highly recommended to perform a skin patch test before you start using any new skincare product. The process of patch testing involves applying a small amount of a product to your skin before you add it to your daily skincare regimen.
A skin patch test is not anything similar to an allergy test. While you can perform a skin patch test at home, an allergy test is performed by medical experts. Moreover, an allergy test instantly reveals which ingredient might be responsible for the symptoms. But skin allergies from a patch test can take days to start appearing.
Is it important to do a skin patch test for skin care?
At The Pink Foundry, we have a vast range of skincare products to provide unparalleled benefits to your skin. We have even categorised the products according to skin concerns, ingredients, and skin types. However, what is suitable for someone else’s skin might not be suitable for you.
For instance, the 12% Niacinamide Serum is meant for working on controlling the oiliness of your skin. While it may work for a majority of people with oily or combination skin, you might be allergic to one of the ingredients present in it.
An allergic reaction to a specific ingredient can severely damage your skin and make you fall sick. As long as a product is not suitable for your skin, it won’t be able to perform its intended purpose.
For instance, the Overnight Exfoliating AHA BHA Radiance Mask is meant to give you smooth and clear skin. But if you are allergic to one of the ingredients found in the product, you might start to notice your acne aggravating.
So, the importance of a skin patch test lies in figuring out whether a product would be suitable for your skin and provide you with its advertised benefits. Whether it’s the Mineral Matte Tinted Sunscreen or the Overnight Acne Spot Corrector,. It is crucial to conduct a skin patch test before beginning with its consistent use.
How to do a skin patch test
If you are wondering how to do a skin patch test, follow these steps:
- Apply the product to a small area on your skin. This area should be somewhere where the product is unlikely to be accidentally rubbed or washed away. For face products, some good areas include the inside of your wrist or the neck as they generally have a similar texture and sensitivity as your face skin.
- Apply the product to your skin thickly and let it stay on your skin as long as the product would usually be on your skin. For instance, you don’t keep a cleanser on your face for too long. So, if you are testing the Clearing & Calming Acne Face Wash, let it sit on your face for around five minutes before rinsing it with water. But you usually don’t wash off a moisturiser from your face. So, if you are patch-testing the Acne Care & Healing Gel Moisturiser with Tea Tree & Cica, you will have to let it stay on your skin for a long time.
- Maybe you are patch-testing the Dark Spot & Hyperpigmentation Correcting Power Serum. In case your skin starts reacting to the product, you should wash it off immediately. If you start noticing severe symptoms on your skin, you can use a cool compress or petroleum jelly to calm and soothe your skin.
How long does it take to patch-test skincare products?
You might be clueless regarding how long to patch-test skincare products. Well, you will have to keep patch-testing a product on your skin for around 7 to 10 days. It is usually recommended to apply the products to a quarter-sized patch of your skin twice a day.
Closing thoughts: Picking or letting go of a product
The purpose of a patch test is to identify which products are suitable for your skin. But what are the symptoms to look out for to understand that your skin is reacting to a product? Usually, a product that does not suit your skin will cause rashes, itching, blistering, swelling, and a burning sensation.
In case you start noticing any of these symptoms, you should steer clear of using the specific product. If the reaction to a skincare product is too severe, you should immediately consult a dermatologist without any delays.
- Who should perform a skin patch test?
Everyone should perform a skin patch test before starting to use any new skincare product. But it is even more important for people with sensitive skin to try a patch test.
- How long do I need to patch-test a product?
You should keep patch testing a skincare product for 7 to 10 days. Some products might not immediately react with your skin. But after a few days, it might start producing allergic reactions like redness, irritation, and swelling.
- Should I use a skincare product if it causes slight itching on my face?
You shouldn’t be using any skincare product that causes itching and other uncomfortable sensations after application.