A patch test is a simple procedure that must be conducted before introducing a new product into your skincare routine. This includes both facial and body care products. It is a simple yet effective method to test if the product works for your skin, and suits your skin type.

As we all know, precaution is better than cure, so taking this simple test can prevent you from experiencing irritation, allergic reactions, breakouts or a host of other problems that can do a whole lot of damage to your skin’s barrier.

While it is important for everyone to do a patch test for a new product, it is especially important for those of us who have very sensitive skin, skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, severe acne or have experienced a bad reaction to new products in the past.

Apply the Soap on Elbow, hand foot.

  • Leave the product on your skin for as long as you would normally. If you’re testing something that you would usually wash off, like a cleanser, keep it on your skin for five minutes or as long as the instructions say.
  • Apply the product to a quarter-sized patch of skin. A person should apply the product as thickly as they would when using it regularly.
  • If a person’s skin reacts to the product, they should wash it off as soon as possible and stop using it. A person can use a cool compress or petroleum jelly to relieve the skin if needed.