patch test


Definition of patch test

: a test for determining allergic sensitivity that is made by applying to the unbroken skin small pads soaked with the allergen to be tested

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Folks who have acne-prone skin should be aware that shea butter can clog pores, so always patch test your products before slathering it all over your stunning face. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 To get to the bottom of your skin woes, your doctor may recommend a patch test. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 These creams can cause irritation or allergic reactions, the Cleveland Clinic warns, so patch test any new product on part of your body first before going all in. Korin Miller, SELF, "We Asked Dermatologists How to Prevent Those Painful Ingrown Hairs by Your Vulva," 8 Aug. 2018 Just go ahead and accept that patch tests should be a staple of your routine before going all-in with any new product. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "11 Things Dermatologists Want You to Know About Sensitive Skin," 16 May 2018 Alissa noted that the allergy had nothing to do with the hygiene or cleanliness of the place, but suggested that everyone get a patch test just in case. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "Alissa Ashley Posts Microblading Allergic Reaction Video to YouTube Channel," 11 May 2018 Shah says oils like cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, cassia, black pepper, and wintergreen can be irritating and recommends always using proper dilution and doing a skin patch test first. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Essential Oils for Beginners: How to Use Them Safely in Your Beauty Routine," 7 May 2018 Just be sure to do a patch test before applying one of these to your skin, and don't leave it on for longer than the instructions direct. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Body Hair Removal Guide," 26 Oct. 2017

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of patch test

: a test for determining allergic sensitivity that is made by applying to the unbroken skin small pads soaked with the allergen to be tested and that indicates sensitivity when irritation develops at the point of application — compare intradermal test, prick test, scratch test

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