Patch test to discover skin sensitivity
We recommend that you patch test prior to your first use of any oil, especially if you tend to have sensitive skin. To perform a patch test, mix 1–2 drops of essential oil with a carrier oil and apply the diluted oil to a patch of skin that does not have hair, such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction. While most reactions will happen shortly after use, some may take time to appear, so be sure to continue to monitor your skin for up to 72 hours.
Wash your hands after handling essential oils
While essential oils offer many benefits for your skin, that doesn’t mean you should put them all over your body. Cleaning your hands with soap and water after topical application can help you keep oil from getting where you don’t want it, such as in your eyes.
Remember that oil and water don’t mix
Some resources suggest diluting the oil with water if you think you’re having a reaction, but water actually drives oil further into the skin. Never use water in an attempt to flush oil off of the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If you experience a hot or burning sensation, have feelings of discomfort and irritation, or develop a rash, saturate the affected area immediately with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex or another carrier oil like olive oil to dilute the oil. Follow up by washing the area well with mild soap and water. If needed, apply more carrier oil and a cool compress to soothe any irritation.
If your reaction is severe, seek medical help or call your doctor.
While essential oils are well loved for their simple application, our product safety guidelines can help you develop habits that will keep you safe and avoid any potential reactions.
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