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A Patch Test Can Reveal If You’re Allergic to Your Beauty Products

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If your itchy rashes have gone unexplained, your answers may lie at the allergist’s office.

This year, I spent one of the hottest weeks of the New York City summer unable to shower. For two of those days, my back was almost completely covered in surgical sticky tape that was reinforcing large adhesive patches loaded with allergens specifically chosen to make my skin itch violently. What’s even more perverse was that was that for the rest of that week, I was praying fervently for them to bestow me with itchy flare-ups. Welcome to skin patch-testing.

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