Even if you are opting for all-natural ingredients, the risk of allergy is still there. So it is always better to do a patch test before using any new cosmetic or skin care product on your face or other areas. Here is a detailed guide for you to understand the process.
An allergic reaction can be minor redness to a severe allergic reaction. A patch test is the simplest way of checking if the skin will react to a new product or not. It helps identify a variety of allergies so that you can avoid the potential allergic ingredient in the future.
For doing a patch test:
- Choose an accessible clean area of your skin that can be left for 24 hours, e.g. wrist or inner side of your elbow.
- Wash and clean the area properly.
- Apply a small amount of the product to the skin and cover it with a bandage.
- Leave it for 24 hours unless you experience pain, burning, or irritation before the recommended time.
- After 24 hours, observe your skin if you experience any redness, swelling, etc.
Allergic symptoms are very easy to notice, that’s why a patch test can be done at home. It is advised to look out for allergic ingredients every time you buy a product.
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About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Pakistan, Lahore. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care plans. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.