Afterglow make every effort to ensure that our product formulas are free of as many common allergens as possible. We have many, many customers with extremely sensitive skin, skin issues like eczema and rosacea, and eyes that can only use Afterglow, since it is so gentle and free of common irritants. Many of them actually notice that their skin issues improve when they switch to Afterglow exclusively. Even so, there is someone out there allergic to everything.
What is patch testing?
Patch testing is a way of determining if a product that comes in contact with the skin will cause inflammation of the skin, known as contact dermatitis. Again, if you have a history of being sensitive to products applied to the skin or eyes, it is essential that you perform a patch test before beginning general use.
Why should I patch test?
If you have reacted to products applied to the skin or eyes in the past, have persistent or unusual eczema, or have been diagnosed by your dermatologist as having allergic contact dermatitis, a patch test is necessary to determine if Afterglow products are compatible with your skin.
How is patch testing done?
Apply the product to an area of your face that is not overtly apparent, such as your jaw line or on your neck near your ear. Leave on the skin for a full day. If you are testing an eye product, apply it to one eye on the weekend at night when you know you will not go out. If you do have a reaction, the extra time during sleep and over the weekend will give your eye time to recover. If you have any redness, swelling, or discomfort, remove the product immediately from the skin with your face wash and cease all use. Any reaction means that you are likely allergic to one or multiple ingredients in the product.
If I do react, what is it?
In general, the reaction is called ‘allergic contact dermatitis’. This is an allergic reaction to a substance (or group related substances) referred to as an allergen. An allergy is a hypersensitivity or oversensitivity to a particular substance involving the immune system. When allergic contact dermatitis exists, a rash will develop. If a rash develops, stop using the product immediately, clean the area removing the product from the skin, and the rash will disappear.
If you have a reaction, please let us know by e-mailing us via our contact us page. Afterglow do everything possible to remove all common irritants from their formulas and are always looking for ways to make their products more compatible for people very sensitive skin.