If you have skin that gets red or breaks out when using new skin care products, you may have sensitive skin. When you try a new product, use a skin patch test to determine if it will irritate your skin. If your skin becomes red, chances are your skin reacted to an ingredient in the product. Before spreading products of the face and body, take the time to test them out first. A skin patch test is easy to do at home, and should be done with each new skincare product you try.

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Apply a small dab of the skin care product to either the inside wrist or inside elbow. Rub it into the skin thoroughly. Keep the test area small, just in case there is a negative reaction to the product.

Allow the product to sit on the skin for at least 24 hours. Avoid taking a shower within the 24 hour period, since you don’t want to wash off the product.

Check throughout the 24 hour period for redness, burning, swelling or any soreness to the skin patch area. If you do have these symptoms, gently rub off the skin care product using cool water only. Pat the area dry with a towel.

Look at the test patch area when the 24 hours are up. If there was no skin reaction, the product is safe to use on your body or face.

References and Resources

VivaWomen.net: DIY Skin Patch Test