At CosIQ, we’re dedicated to using the best in unique natural ingredients as part of a healthy skin care regimen. Even with the most natural products, there’s always the risk of allergies. People can be allergic to all kinds of materials and ingredients, whether it’s natural materials like pollen or synthetic materials like certain types of plastic. 

When you’re using a new skincare product, it’s important to patch-test it first to make sure you’re not allergic. What is a patch test? How do you do it properly? Well, you’ve come to the right place, we’re here to walk you through!

What is a Patch Test?

Testing your skin with a patch test is a simple way to determine whether you will react to a new product, such as cosmetics, soaps, moisturisers, or topical medications. Patch testing is very common for checking for allergies.

Why is it Important?

In order to make sure that new skincare products are safe to use, patch testing is important.

  • Patch tests should be performed before you use a product to avoid a potentially severe allergic reaction.
  • Symptoms of allergies can range from minor redness to painful swelling.

How to Patch-Test a Product?

Following the steps below will help you do your patch test properly. Just remember to set aside a day for your patch test.

       1. Use a Clear Patch of Skin

          You should choose an area of skin that is accessible and clear to test whatever the product is. This area should be somewhere that you are comfortable leaving alone for up to 24 hours. The skin around your elbow is a good example.

        2. Wash the Area First

        First, make sure the area you're applying the product to is clean. You'll want to be sure it's the new product and not something else if there is a reaction. Make sure that the area is clean before you begin.

        3. Apply a Small Amount to the Skin

        Cover the area with a bandaid after applying the product to the skin patch you've chosen.

         4. Wait 24 Hours

       It is now time to leave the bandaid on. Ideally, you should wait about 24 hours before removing it. If you experience any pain, burning, or itching, you should remove it immediately.

What You’re Looking For

If you’re allergic to the product it will be easy-peasy to tell. 

  • You may notice some pink or red colour when you first remove the bandaid, but that should fade after a short while. 
  • If the redness does not fade, it may be indicative of a mild allergy. 
  • If your skin is red, inflamed, itchy, or covered in a rash, you are most likely allergic to the product.
  • If you're unsure, or if you've had serious reactions to skincare products in the past, consult your doctor or an allergy specialist.

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