It can be pretty disappointing when you buy a personal care product that you’ve been looking forward to trying and find out that your body doesn’t respond well to it. You may notice negative side effects such as redness, itchiness, hives, burning, a rash, and more. It’s obviously something you want to avoid, but how exactly do you go about that, especially when you consider how many different products there are on the market and you likely use at least a few a day?
It’s easy enough to see a product you want on the store shelf and purchase it, but reading online reviews are what can really give you a good idea of how it may work with your skin. Everyone’s skin is different, of course, so one person’s experience might not be your own, but if there are many more negative reviews than ones that are positive, you may want to move on to a different product.
Do a Patch Test
Doing a patch test is absolutely essential if you want to find out how the personal care product reacts with your skin. It’s a much better way to find out via a small area if you’re having a negative reaction than after you used the product over a larger area of skin. As excited as you might be to use a particular product, doing the patch test is worth taking the time to do.
Read the Entire Package
There are many who only read a small portion of the package, such as the directions, the warnings, or the ingredients, but it’s important to read the entire package of the personal care product to determine whether or not you might possibly have a negative reaction. For example, the warnings section might say not to use if you have a certain skin condition while the ingredients area might include a particular ingredient that your skin doesn’t tolerate well.
Only Use the Product as Directed
Using more of a product or using it in a way that you might deem more effective for you might seem like a good idea at the time, but more does not necessarily lead to better. For example, there are certain products, such as ones that contain glycolic acid, that are best started off with a low concentration to give your skin time to adjust. Use too much and a negative reaction may occur. Use the product only as directed and ease into using it to increase your chances of avoiding potential problems.
Lastly, as you can probably imagine, having a conversation with your dermatologist is the best thing you can do when it comes to avoiding negative side effects from personal care products. They can tell you which products will likely be best for your skin and advise you about whether or not ones you’re considering will or won’t be ideal to add to your skin care regimen. If you notice any negative side effect, discontinue use of the product immediately and contact your doctor.