It’s true that everyone should patch test a new product, but it’s especially important for anyone with sensitive skin or for those who’ve had a bad reaction to products in the past. You can experience an adverse reaction to a product simply because your skin doesn’t like a specific ingredient (even natural products). That is why we recommend patch testing products before use.
You should patch test in two places: First, somewhere hidden (should a reaction occur), and then somewhere close to the area where the product will be applied once it’s been approved for usage. For example, if you’re testing for your face, a great location is the side of your neck. If you’re testing for your elsewhere on your body, try behind your knees, your belly, or your upper arms.
Once you’ve determined where to patch test, apply a tiny amount to the area. There should be no other products on the skin so that you can properly test this product. Reactions will typically occur with 24 hours, but may take up to 72 hours.
A more severe reaction will be quite noticeable. Your skin will most likely look red, bumpy or splotchy, and it will feel itchy, burn or become painful. In this case, you should absolutely discontinue use and either toss the product out or hand it off to a friend who may have better fortune. You can treat the area with a soothing product, such as Aloe Vera or our unscented whipped body butter.
If your skin doesn’t react at all (except to do what the product promises), then you’ve found your product soulmate!