Patch Testing

A patch test is essentially one of the most important parts of any procedure. Not carrying a patch test out on a client 48 hours before their treatment could come with a lot of trouble. Your insurance would become invalid and any potential issues that could occur post treatment would leave you wide open for a lawsuit. Always ensure EVERY client is patch tested for both pigment and numbing cream before you agree to treat them. Patch test waivers will not give you any protection.

What do you need for a patch test?

  • 2 cotton Buds
  • An alcohol Swab
  • Pigment
  • Numbing Cream
  • Patch Test Lancet
  • Gloves
  • 2 Small Round Plasters

Numbing cream – Put on your gloves, numbing cream should be tested ON the skin as though it was to be used during treatment. Alcohol swab the area (behind the ear or on the back of the arm is a good spot. Place some numbing cream using a cotton bud to the skin and apply your small plaster.

Pigment – Put on your gloves, alcohol swab the area (ideally somewhere that is not noticeable such as behind the ear). Be mindful you are about to put pigment IN the skin so it will remain there for a short time, putting the patch test where no one will see it is recommended. Once swabbed, use a patch test lancet to make a small scratch to the skin and then use your cotton bud to gently rub the pigment into the skin, once complete put a small round plaster over the top. ALL PATCH TESTS MUST REMAIN ON THE SKIN FOR 24 HOURS!!!