Skin Health
Patch Test (Provisional): The VMV Provisional Patch Test
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Before using anything new on your skin, and if you are purchasing VMV HYPOALLERGENICS®
From one of our counters or VMV Skin-Specialist Boutiques, we recommend doing The VMV Provisional Patch Test, especially if you have a history of skin sensitivity.

STEP 1: Dot Apply

Apply a pea-sized dot of a product on a small, hidden patch of skin (such as the inside of the elbow or underside of the wrist).

STEP 2A: Observe > Reaction? > Wash Off.

If your skin reacts with severe redness or a temporary discoloration, itching, burning, or other sensation that is not otherwise indicated to be normal, such as the initial subtle tingling or redness from an active ingredient, use a damp towel to wipe off the product. If needed, apply VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® Grandma Minnie’s Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm, Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil, or Know-It-Oil afterwards to soothe the irritated patch of skin. If the skin is very inflamed, do not apply anything else on the skin and ask your doctor for help.

STEP 2B: Observe > No Reaction? > Wait.

   • If do not notice a reaction, leave the product on for a few hours.
   • If you have a history of skin sensitivity, wait 24 to 72 hours without getting the patch wet (cover it with plastic wrap when showering).
   • Wash off immediately if any reaction occurs.

STEP 3: Product Selection

   • Choose products that do not cause adverse reactions after The VMV Provisional Patch Test.
   • If you have a history of skin sensitivity, select products with higher VH-Ratings—the highest VH-Rated products contain zero of all common allergens.
   • If you have had a patch test, select a product with a high VH-Rating that does not contain the allergens you need to avoid (look at the ingredients lists: any included allergens will be identified by an asterisk and underlined).
   • The VMV Provisional Patch Test is helpful but if you have extremely allergy-prone skin, we suggest getting a complete patch test with a properly-boarded and qualified dermatologist. To find a physician in your area that does patch tests, click here or Ask VMV.
   • Remember: some people may react to ingredients that are not (or not yet) allergens. If you need further assistance, Ask VMV.


Click here for more on hypoallergenicity.
Click here for more on the VH-Number Rating System.
Click here for more on allergens.
Click here if you have very allergic skin.
Click here for more on patch tests.