Ingredients such as essential oils, botanicals, and other ingredients used in our products usually have beneficial properties associated with them. We may list or tell you the properties for the ingredients, but it is for informational purposes only. The information provided is not intended to treat or diagnose any problem or condition. It is not meant to replace any professional medical advice. Always consult a doctor with any medical needs. Our products are formulated to be safe, however some people may experience sensitivity to certain ingredients as each person is different. As with any cosmetic product, we recommend testing the product on a small portion of skin. If redness or irritation results, discontinue use. Avoid getting products into eyes. Keep out of reach of small children. Pregnant or nursing mothers should consult a physician before using products containing essential oils. If irritation occurs, please discontinue use and visit your doctor.
How to do an allergy patch test
Apply a small amount of the item you have decided on testing on the upper part of your inner arm – at the crock of your elbow, cover it with a bandage. You should decide to do this at a time of day where you can leave the patch test in place for at least 24 hours without getting it wet. If you are sensitive to any of the ingredients, a reaction such as reddening, itching, burning or other irritation, should occur within twenty four hours of application. If you don’t see or feel any reaction the preparation is most likely safe for your use. If you are testing herbs, mix a small amount of the herbs with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the same area as described above for the patch test. Even after doing a patch test and not have any reaction to our products, the decision to continue using them is totally up to you.
What is patch testing
This is a way of identifying a substance that causes contact dermatitis or inflammation of the skin. There are two types we are aware of- irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.
An irritant contact dermatitis does not involve the immune system. It is most common immediately after the patch is removed and would usually fade over the next day.
An allergic contact dermatitis is caused by an allergen and occurs only in those who are allergic to that particular substance. These reactions involve the immune system. This may take a few days to develop. A substance that causes an allergic reaction should be avoided completely. The more times the skin is exposed to the substance, the worst the allergic reaction can become.
Remember“Natural” does not mean “allergy free”. Essential oils or any flower, herb, oil or additive, can still cause an allergic reaction or reactions in certain individuals. Always remember if you notice any adverse affects, PLEASE DISCONTINUE USE.
PEOPLE WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES- PLEASE NOTE- If you have severe anaphylactic type reactions to ANY of the ingredients in ANY ONE OF OUR PRODUCTS, PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE OUR PRODUCTS. We have production rooms that are always sanitized before and after use, but we cannot under no circumstances guarantee that one utensil/soap/product did not touch another.
We have listed the benefits of our ingredients; essential oils, fruits, vegetable etc. for your knowledge only, any information given through our staff, website, marketing material, author, or the owner directly is not intended to Diagnose, Treat, and Cure or prevent any illness/disease. Those who are sick should seek immediate medical assistance. DO NOT use our products as a form of treatment. We assume no responsibility.
West Indian Skincare® reserves the right to limit quantities; make changes in prices, designs, specifications, and documentation; or discontinue items, without incurring obligation. Information on all of our sites or any other documentation is listed for information purposes.