We recommend performing a patch test before incorporating any new product into your routine. They are a quick and easy way to assess whether you may have a negative reaction to a new skincare product.
Why do I need a patch test?
Although relatively rare, reactions from allergies and sensitivities to certain ingredients in any skincare product can occur. With increases in the amount of products which people are using within their skincare routines, we feel it is good practice to patch test a product before using it fully, to help identify if you have a particular sensitivity to one or more of the ingredients.
Of course, we cannot rely on patch tests alone so it's important you follow the directions for use and precautions carefully on all products, including ceasing use if you have any irritation. That being said, patch tests are a useful tool to predict if you may have a negative reaction to a new product.
How do I perform a patch test?
1) Apply a small amount of product onto a clean area of skin on the upper forearm. Allow the area to dry for 5 minutes before dressing or touching the area.
2) Keep the area dry.
3) Rinse the area with water after 24 hours.
4) If any burning, excessive redness, blistering, itching or irritation is observed at any point during the patch test, do not use the product.
If you do experience any form of irritation during your patch test please contact our lovely customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The patch testing procedure tests for initial reactions to products. It does not guarantee that similar results will be observed when the product is applied to other areas of the body (eg. the face), and after continuous use of the product. The patch test will not account for underlying conditions. It should not be used to diagnose hypersensitivity or allergic contact dermatitis, unless under the supervision of a doctor. If you have any concerns, please contact your doctor or dermatologist for advice.