Why should I do a patch test?
Before introducing a new product into your skin treatment program it is recommended to perform a patch test. This is a quick and easy way to tell if you will have an initial, negative reaction to a new product. It is recommended to patch test every new product.
A patch test is only to determine an initial irritation or reaction to a product and does not guarantee the same results when applied to other areas of the body or after continuous use. A patch test does not account for any underlying problems and should not be used as a diagnosis of any conditions. If you are unsure please see a doctor to guide you.
Do I need to be worried about anything?
Patch testing is not a guarantee, but it is generally very safe for determining any initial irritation or reaction to products. Potential, yet extreme, adverse effects include sensitisation to chemicals, pigmentary changes, flare of dermatitis in other body areas, and persistent reactions. If any reactions persist after stopping the product, see a doctor.
Should I take any precautions?
It is recommended to delay a patch test if the patch test site has been exposed to topical steroids or ultra violet radiation.
How do I perform a patch test?
Apply a small amount of product, once a day to a small, cleaned area on your neck or behind your ear. Continue for three days. It is recommended not to use the product, if, within 24 hours you experience, redness, itching, burning, blistering, swelling of eyes, dryness around the mouth, hives, difficulty breathing or severe dryness. If any reactions persist once you have stopped the product, see a doctor.