Know your skin

Know Your skin

Why is a Patch Test Necessary Before Using Skin Product?

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If you’re someone who uses different products for acne or skin-related products on a daily basis, then you’re familiar with the term ‘patch test’. But if you aren’t, then we’re here to help you understand the ‘what and how’ of that.

We are all born with a unique skin type, one that could fall into a category but is still different from the person sitting next to you. Knowing this, it is essential to understand what works for a certain skin type before going ahead and investing in expensive products that you might have to get rid of due to negative reactions.

One of the most effective ways to be sure before buying any acne related product is to do a patch test. This test helps you understand if your skin is allergic to it or is responding well to the product. Keep reading to understand how to do a patch test and benefits of the same.

What is a Patch Test?

A patch test is a diagnostic exam that determines if a product suits or irritates your skin or in some cases leads to allergies. There are a host of reasons for this to happen; from chemical composition, ingredients to fragrances in the products you use. Certain products can irritate your skin and damage it further rather than making it better.

So, How Do I Conduct a Patch Test on My Own?

According to AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), there’s a certain procedure to conduct the patch test, but you can add or alter the test according to your experience and understanding of the skin.

Step 1:

Apply the product in an area that you’re unlikely to wash or touch.

Step 2:

Apply in a quarter size of the skin like how you would on your face. 

Step 3:

Leave the product on for as long as you’d leave them on usually, and wash it off if need be depending on the product.

Step 4:

Repeat it twice a day for 7-10 days since the results might take time to reflect. 

Step 5:

If it does react, then eliminate that product. However, do take a look at the ingredients to avoid them next time. In case of irritation, apply a soothing gel like aloe vera to calm the inflammation.

Once you’ve done this, you will have a fair idea of what ingredients or chemicals, or even types of products that work for your skin or not. Ensure you make a list of it and save them for future purposes. 

There are some commonly reactive chemicals that affect the skin, especially the face. Research suggests that typical irritants can include:

  • anthralin
  • benzalkonium chloride
  • tretinoin and tetra ethylene glycol diacrylate
  • dithranol
  • epichlorohydrin
  • podophyllin
  • propane sulphone

Other research has shown that propylene glycol, an emulsifier commonly found in cosmetics such as skin creams and lotions, has caused irritation in many. So, please beware while buying products that contain these ingredients. 

The question that now arises is how does one then choose a product for their skin? Here are some simple ways to opt for a mild product. To begin with, specifically for acne, consult a dermatologist instead of picking out random products that may harm your skin and worsen your acne in the longer run. 

Here Are a Few Things to Consider While Purchasing a Product:

  • Fragrance-free products
  • Mild products
  • Organic or natural products
  • Hypoallergenic products
  • Suitable for sensitive skin

Though most products mention these on their labels, some might not. Hence, as a habit, do a thorough check before you plan to perform a patch test. 

If you want a cleanser that is mild on your skin, but also is effective at the same time, then give AcneStar Face Wash a try. It is made with the power of natural and research-backed scientific ingredients like aloe vera, tulsi, calendula chamomile, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid that are safe on the skin and help deal with acne-free, gently.

In case you have super sensitive skin, we suggest you don’t attempt to choose a product yourself, and instead visit a dermatologist to understand what works for your skin.

Categories: ACNE

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