Patch Testing

Everyone's skin is unique and will respond to the same ingredients in different ways. While we use the highest quality organic ingredients that are designed for sensitive skin, it's still possible for people to be allergic to organic things! We recommend performing a simple patch test before using a new product, especially if you are prone to skin sensitivities or allergies. This will help you to determine if a new product or ingredient will work well for your skin, while also helping to avoid an adverse reaction. 

How to Perform a Patch Test

  1. After washing and drying your skin, apply a dime size amount of the product you want to test onto the side of your neck or inner elbow. The skin in these areas is thinner and is more likely to react if you have an allergy or sensitivity to a particular ingredient. 
  2. Cover the area with a bandage or a cotton patch.
  3. Leave the patch in place for 24 hours and try not to get it wet!
  4. If you have a sensitivity to any of the ingredients, you'll begin to notice redness, itching, or other skin irritations within 24 hours. 
  5. If you do feel a reaction, immediately remove the bandage and wash the area with warm water and soap.
  6. If you don't experience any reactions, you're good to go!

Types of Reactions

Irritant Contact Dermatitis: Most noticeable immediately after the patch is removed and typically fades within a day. This type of reaction doesn't involve the immune system and occurs from skin irritation, which typically presents as redness, burning or stinging. This can also exacerbate skin conditions like eczema, however, the reaction will not worsen with repeated use of the causing ingredient. 

Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Occurs due to an immune system response when the skin comes in contact with an allergen. True allergic responses can take a few days to fully develop so make sure to keep an eye out on the tested area! If an allergic reaction is noted, the ingredient in question should be avoided at all costs. 

Note: If you're concerned about a possible skin sensitivity, we're here to answer your questions! Please reach out to us at smita@simplysmita.com with "Allergies" in the subject line.