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At VMV Hypoallergenics, we have received less than 0.1% reports of reactions in over 30 years, and almost all of those reactions were due to us not being able to make recommendations based on one’s patch test results, incorrect use of the product, a cross reaction with another product, or an underlying irritation that might have been chronic but not yet obvious. In these cases, a 7-Day Skin Fast normally (over 98% of the time) results in a clearing of the problem and the client’s ability to use the products without a reaction. This process — similar to an elimination diet for food, but for skin — has been so successful for our clients for decades that we created our Skin “Detox” Kit to allow anyone to easily do a Skin Fast at home, any time.

Why Should I Do A Skin Fast?

1. To get your skin back to baseline…
A Skin Fast helps skin return to its most natural, non-irritated state. This can have several benefits (more on these below), including giving your skin a seasonal “reset.” As with all the body’s organs, our skin changes over time. Observing your skin in its natural state now may show you new dryness, for example, that can help you adjust your skincare regimen appropriately.
2. To recover from a skin reaction…
Anyone, even someone who has never had problems using any product before, can develop a skin reaction. Reactions can include an allergic reaction, an irritation, hyperpigmentation (darkening), dryness, redness, itching, flaking, an acne breakout, or other symptoms. Anything applied on reacting skin can worsen the situation. A Skin Fast gives your skin a break from what might be causing the reaction (and other possible contaminants), allowing it to recover.
3. To help identify the cause of a reaction or a chronic skin problem…
Believe it or not, the cause of a reaction is not always (or even frequently!) the last product you applied. A product you’ve been using for a long time “without a problem” could actually have been causing an underlying irritation that was too subtle to notice, increasing your skin’s sensitivity over time until another product (even one you’re not actually allergic to) was the final straw — your skin couldn’t take any more and finally reacted. In food, a common way to help identify a sensitivity is an elimination diet. The Skin Fast works similarly, helping you (or your doctor) more accurately identify the trigger of your skin problem.
Note: While a Skin Fast can help identify a trigger, the most accurate way to identify which ingredients and other substances you are sensitive to is a patch test. If you have a history of sensitivity or stubborn skin problems, or a skin condition that is worsened by external stress, ask your doctor about a patch test (or photo-patch test, for hyperpigmentation).
4. To recover from treatments, clinical procedures, medications, or injuries…
Many treatments (like active ingredients), clinical procedures (lasers and peels), and medications (chemotherapy, certain neurological drugs or even ibuprofen) can make the skin temporarily more problematic. It can develop acne or become drier, more sensitive and/or more photo-sensitive (more prone to sunburn, redness or darkening due to sun or indoor light exposure). Doing a Skin Fast after a procedure, or keeping your skin in a Skin Fast throughout therapy or recovery, can help increase comfort and decrease the risk further vulnerability or injury.
Keeping skin in “detox” can also be helpful when skin is injured from a rash, flare-up, burn or other injury — it keeps the skin cared for very gently, so the skin is left unstressed and its cells can focus on rebuilding and healing.
5. To safely try new products after a patch test (or in general)…
If you have a history of acne, darkening, irritations or other skin problems, or if you’ve just had a patch test, a Skin “Detox” is a very safe way to try new products. With skin in its most non-irritated state and with new products introduced in a very slow, controlled manner, you reduce the risk of reactions and increase your chances of finding products that you can safely use.
For more on possible reasons for product reactions, and tips on how to avoid them, check out: Reactions: About, Allergic, Irritant, Sudden, Prevention, Using VMV & Other Products, etc..

How To Do A Skin “Detox” (7-Day Skin Fast)

Click through the slide show below for a step-by-step guide.
Questions? Or want us to customize recommendations for you based on your patch test results? Contact us here or send us a Private Message on Facebook.

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Please Customize My Skin Care Based On My Allergens!

I just got a patch test and can’t use anything! Can you customize recommendations based on my patch test results?

Absolutely: it’s what we “dew” best!

The single most common question we receive is: I just got a patch test…can you help me find products I can use based on my allergens? Even though selecting products that don’t have your allergens can seem overwhelming (especially if the list is long…and we’ve seen some long ones!), this question is often simple and straightforward at VMV Hypoallergenics because the majority of our products contain as few as possible (often zero) of all 109 common allergens.*
Furthermore, our unique VH-Rating System allows clients to more safely shop for products by showing them, at a glance, which formulations have zero allergens, and which contain an allergen or more (which are then highlighted in the Ingredients List so you can check if their your allergens). The VH-Rating System has been so successful that we’ve received less than 0.1% reports of reactions in over 30 years.
If you have a more complex skin condition, a complicated history of skin problems, or lots of allergens in your patch test results, we often offer a series of questions that, while long and detailed, can help us make appropriate, highly specific recommendations. Our Save-Your-Skin Questionnaire is often used with our Skin “Detox” (7-Day Skin Fast), and can give you valuable information that you can use in the future with your doctor, or in your search for more products at VMV Hypoallergenics or elsewhere.
If you are interested in a customized recommendation based on your patch test results, contact us by email, drop us a private message on Facebook, or give us a call at (212) 217 2762.

For more:

On the prevalence of skin allergies, see Skin Allergies Are More Common Than Ever and One In Four Is Allergic to Common Skin Care And Cosmetic Ingredients. To shop our selection of validated hypoallergenic products, visit vmvhypoallergenics.com.


Regularly published reports on the most common allergens by the North American Contact Dermatitis Group and European Surveillance System on Contact Allergies (based on over 28,000 patch test results, combined), plus other studies. Remember, we are all individuals — just because an ingredient is not on the most common allergen lists does not mean you cannot be sensitive to it, or that it will not become an allergen. These references, being based on so many patch test results, are a good basis but it is always best to get a patch test yourself.

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5. Ruby Pawankar et al. World Health Organization. White Book on Allergy 2011-2012 Executive Summary.
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8. Warshaw, E et al. Allergic patch test reactions associated with cosmetics: Retrospective analysis of cross-sectional data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, 2001-2004. J AmAcadDermatol 2009;60:23-38. 
9. Foliaki S et al. Antibiotic use in infancy and symptoms of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema in children 6 and 7 years old: International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood Phase III. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Nov;124(5):982-9.
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12. Marks JG, Belsito DV, DeLeo VA, et al. North American Contact Dermatitis Group patch-test results, 1998 to 2000. Am J Contact Dermat. 2003;14(2):59-62.
13. Warshaw EM, Belsito DV, Taylor JS, et al. North American Contact Dermatitis Group patch test results: 2009 to 2010. Dermatitis. 2013;24(2):50-99.