WHAT IS A PATCH TEST?
A patch test is a simple way of checking whether your skin will react to new topical cosmetic products.
WHERE TO APPLY: Choose an area such as the inner arm, behind your ear or the side of your neck. There should be no other products on the skin so that you can properly test the product.
DIRECTIONS: On cleansed skin, apply a small amount to chosen area. You should ideally allow about 24 hours. However, if you experience any pain, burning or itching, immediately wash the area.
PATCH TESTING FOR BREAKOUTS
If you’re patch testing a product to see if it will make you break out, use the following steps:
1. On cleansed skin with no other products, apply the new product directly to your face on either your cheek or your chin. These areas are usually more prone to breakouts.2. Apply your new product daily (to the same area) for a week to determine whether your skin will react. Product-related breakouts will typically occur within this time frame.