Dermatological Testing

Dermatological testing of skincare products involves evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a product by applying it to the skin and monitoring any potential reactions. 

We conduct the standard ROAT (Repeated Open Application Test) protocol where the product is tested for 5 days on adult subjects under dermatological control.  Usually ten adults with all skin types are included, including adults with sensitive skin.

Testing includes:

  1. Application of the product: The skincare product is applied to the participants’ skin according to the study design. Depending on the research objectives, the product may be applied once or multiple times over a period of days or weeks. In our ROAT protocol we apply the product once a day for 5 days.
  2. Monitoring of skin reactions: Participants are monitored for any potential skin reactions, such as redness, itching, or inflammation. This is conducted through visual inspection and questionnaires.
  3. Analysis of data: The data collected during the study is analysed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the skincare product. 
  4. Reporting of results: The study results are reported to the skincare product manufacturer.  The results can be used to make changes to the product formulation, labelling, or marketing if necessary.

Overall, dermatological testing of skincare products is an important step in ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these products for consumers. By carefully evaluating the product on human skin, researchers can identify any potential risks or benefits and make informed decisions about product development and marketing.