What are Patch Tests
Patch tests or allergy tests are important when using a product or an essential oil for the first time. These patch tests can help determine if you have any allergies to the products you are about to apply to your body (skin, hair, ect.). They are conducted before a full body application to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the new product, thus avoiding any painful, negative reactions.
Patch tests can be preformed by you or a physician and can be in the form of a blood test or a skin test. Allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to something in your environment. There are typically three types of allergens: Inhaled allergens; ingested allergens; contact allergens
Preforming a Patch Test
If you choose to try a new product for the first time, ensure that your body doesn’t have an allergic reaction to it before full application on the body. This works for skin care products and hair care products as well.
To preform a patch test for essential oils, dilute the essential oils in a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil. Next, apply a small amount to the inner part of your forearm or a sensitive part of skin. Wait at least 24- 48 hours to be sure that no negative skin irritations occur such as swelling, redness, hives or rashes. It is best to start with an even ratio, then work your way up slowly to avoid any irritations.
If any irritations on the skin occurs, stop use of the product immediately. If no reaction occurs, it is safe to use the product. Always follow the directions on the labels. If you have any concerns about any of the ingredients in the products, or if you have any underlying conditions, be sure to contact your physician before the use of the product.
Summing It Up
I know you may be anxious to try your new products, but to avoid possible harm, be sure to preform patch tests before full applications. It’s better to know you have an allergy to something on a small part of your body than to have a whole section of your body develop a rash.
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This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. Neither Self Verve nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. Be sure to contact your physician before trying any of the items stated in the above article.