Why do I need a patch test?

Why do I need a patch test?

Patch testing is required for certain beauty treatments. Getting a patch test is an important precaution for your health and safety. Many different products have ingredients to which you may have a sensitivity or allergy without you knowing. A patch test is a simple procedure that reassures clients of their safety and comfort before a treatment is performed.

Patch testing for treatments may differ for example for a lash or brow tint a little of each product to be used is applied to the clients skin, usually behind the ear or inside he elbow. Lash lifting has the same procedure.

Microblading or shading requires a patch test using the handheld tool with a little pigment on it to scratch into the skin gently.

Eyelash extensions however require 3-5 lashes to be applied to each eye – (the glue does not touch the skin )and also the use of the cleansing, priming and any other bonding products to be used. It is still inconclusive as to whether a client will react from having the full set of lashes on even if they didn’t react to the patch testing application but it is required.

A person can react to any of the above. If you have taken a break for over 6 months it is important to get your patch test done ahead of time. It is recommended that you have a patch test for eyelash extensions. Patch testing can be done 24-48 hours before your appointment.

How will I know if I’ve had a reaction?

Usually swelling & redness on the eyelid and itchiness indicate an allergic reaction or sensitivity and if this is the case we recommend seeing your GP.