Thursday, November 14, 2013

How to Do a Skin Allergy Patch Test

Over the last couple weeks, I have had a few clients react to products, but we weren't sure which one. In cases like this, I always instruct my clients to perform a product patch test.

If you ever have a reaction or if you have sensitive skin that you think might react, here's how you should perform a patch test on yourself.

Skin Allergy Patch Test:
  1. Clean a quarter-size area of skin on either your neck or inside of your wrist.
  2. With a clean cotton ball or cotton swab, apply the product or skin care recipe to the cleansed test spot.
  3. Let the product dry. Don't wash or cover the test spot for 24 hours.
  4. Examine the area periodically over the 24-hour period.  If you experience redness, burning, itching, swelling, skin abrasion, eruption, or irritation, in or around the test spot, do not use the product without consulting your doctor or esthetician first.

Source: "Your Best Face Now", Shellie Goldstein