Trying Out A New Skincare Product? Patch Test First!
In our previous post, we talked about the differences between breakouts and skin purging. But wait, do you notice the similarity between the two?
That's right! Both will only cause your skin to look a little less appealing for quite some time. 😭 If it's skin purging then of course, you know your skin is working well with the skincare product. So you may be able to tolerate with the pimples and it will eventually disappear. 😅
But what if it's because you have used a wrong product on your skin? 😰 How will you accept the fact that it's gonna take a while before the breakouts subside? It will surely take a lot of courage and episodes of mental breakdown before you could eventually accept the fact that your skin is no longer as clear as it used to be. 😭
This is where patch testing comes in handy! 💯 Let's get to know about patch testing a little deeper.
So what is patch testing?
Patch testing is applying a small amount of a new skincare product to an area of your skin to see how the product reacts with your skin. This saves the other areas of your face from getting sudden pimples or irritation should there be a negative reaction with the product.
There are two reasons why you should do a patch test:
1. To test for allergic reactions
2. To test for breakouts
Where to apply the product?
Patch testing for allergic reactions is usually done on the areas of your skin that can be easily covered such as the underside of your jaw 👄, the corner of your forehead 🙆♀️, behind your ear 👂 or the side of your neck 🗣. The product should be left on your skin for about 24 to 72 hours for reactions to occur.
If you're patch testing for breakouts, the product should be applied on areas that are prone to blemishes which are a small area on the cheek or chin. Repeat the application on the same area for about one week.
How do I know if this product is not compatible for my skin?
Stop from using the product immediately if redness, itchiness or pain occur. 🙅♀️ This means that your skin is allergic to the ingredients in the product. Wash the area with a gentle cleanser and apply your usual moisturizer. Aloe vera gel could be a great help to soothe the area. You may want to check for the specific ingredient that your skin is allergic to with a dermatologist so that you won't end up getting the same ingredient in other products.
Burning sensation, breakouts, whiteheads and blackheads are signs that the product may not be suitable for your skin. But be mindful that some products with active ingredients such as lactic, salicylic, and glycolic acid as well as hydroquinone and retinol are meant to show these reactions as the product works with your skin. It will typically last for a short period and will eventually get better after a period of time. 🙌
But if the product does not contain any active ingredients, it does not improve your skin and your pimples keep getting out of control, then you know when to stop! 🤚
There are some ingredients that are proven sensitizing to skin that you might want to avoid from getting such as alcohols (isopropyl, SD or denatured alcohol), fragrance, essential oils and menthol. So be mindful of these ingredients the next time you're trying a new product!