Skin-friendly materials

Skin safe materials – visible for the consumer

Your skin, the body’s largest organ, is your shield against the world. It deserves the best care, not just from cosmetics, but also from textiles and materials you interact with daily. Whether it’s braving harsh weather or ensuring safety at work, your skin deserves nothing but the best.

At Dermatest GmbH, we go beyond theory and lab tests. Our “skin-friendly material” seal is your assurance. It’s not just about legal limits, ingredients, and material composition. We put products to the ultimate test – on real people, in real-life situations. We want to make sure you never have to worry about skin reactions.

As the largest organ of the human body, the skin forms a protective barrier between the body and its environment. Not only cosmetics, but also textiles and materials come into close contact with the skin on a daily basis. In this context, textiles and materials in particular are often even intended to provide the skin with additional protection against environmental influences such as cold and rain, or as protection against physical influences such as friction and pressure. Textiles and materials are therefore also used specifically in occupational safety. These products should therefore also be compatible with the skin.

Unlike theoretical and laboratory testing, in which the compatibility of textiles and materials is determined by evaluating the ingredients and material composition within legal limits and, if necessary, by additional physical abrasion, perspiration fastness and washing tests, the testing of the “skin-friendly material” seal is based on long-term and everyday application testing of the products on humans. This is intended to provide the greatest possible safety in order to be able to exclude subsequent skin reactions of the consumer and user group as far as possible.

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Ensuring skin compatibility and functionality

The aim of our application studies of products that are in close contact with the skin is to test them for their tolerability and, if necessary, functionality according to clinical dermatological criteria. As a rule, at least 20 test persons use or wear the product to be tested at home for a period of at least four weeks according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In the case of textiles and washable products, multiple washes of the products are planned. The products are used on the intended skin area and in the specific application, i.e. menstrual underwear is tested during menstruation, sports and functional clothing is worn during training and the glasses frame is placed on the nose. Furthermore, specific groups of test subjects are also chosen to represent the target group of the product. For example, baby textiles should be tested on babies and toddlers and bicycle grips on cyclists. In addition, the final survey of the test persons can provide a reliable representation of the effectiveness and functionality over a longer period of time.

Certifying skin-friendly products

Products tested in this way receive the “skin-friendly material” seal after successful completion of the study. Studies with this distinction go beyond determining the potential for skin irritation. Among other things, a sensitizing potential can be largely ruled out by the four-week application. In addition to skin compatibility, additional measurements specifically selected for the requirements of the respective products can optionally be commissioned (e.g. testing of the sweat-reducing effect of shoe insoles or evaluation of the skin-tightening effect of pajamas containing Q10).

Characteristics of the “Skin-friendly material” seal are

  • Conduct of the study under dermatological control
  • Use of the product by at least 20 test persons with specific requirements (sportsmen, small children, etc.)
  • Test period of at least 4 weeks
  • Application on intended skin areas (e.g. socks on the feet, glasses on the nose, etc.)
  • Final, obligatory questionnaire
  • the subjective evaluation of the skin tolerability of the test product by the test persons must stand comparison with known or commercially available products
  • optional measurement of physiological skin parameters
  • optional consultation with other specialists (pediatricians, ophthalmologists, gynecologists, etc.)

Advantages of the seal

Consumers want products that confirm through seals that they are safe for the health of the body and skin. Numerous seals, e.g. those of the textile industry, certify the safety of products based on laboratory methods and testing of material compositions. Furthermore, some seals focus almost exclusively on the origin of the textiles and the fair production chain. This means that there is virtually no evidence of skin compatibility for the end consumer.

The seal “skin-friendly materials” offers the possibility to close this gap and to give the consumer the assurance that not only the materials and textiles used are safe, but also the combination of seams and closures as well as the functionality in the end product is “skin-friendly” in everyday use, even under long-term use.

Your route to the seal of approval in 4 steps

You decide on an application study, define the consumer group of your product and send us the required sample quantities and product information. Then we can start directly with the internal risk analysis, the concrete study preparation and the test person recruitment.

We conduct the jointly planned application study for the use of the Dermatest® "skin-friendly material" seal - in one of our test centers. As always, our primary focus is to check for skin compatibility.

If your product successfully completes the testing with us, you will receive the study report on skin compatibility and possible evidence of efficacy from us upon completion of the study.

After successful testing and signing of the user agreement, you will receive permission from us to use the respective Dermatest® seal. In addition to the German version, we will also be happy to provide you with the Dermatest® seal in English.

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Companies who trust our seal

Mahinsure Bamboo Fibre Sanitary Pads

Samithra Lifestyle Private Limited

DR.SCHNELL CIMOCID SENSITIVE

DR.SCHNELL GmbH & Co. KGaA

DR.SCHNELL GREEN & MILD

DR.SCHNELL GmbH & Co. KGaA

Simplism Repairing Lotion

Simplism

Vincent’s World Deep Breath Cleansing Gel

Vincent’s World

SKIN-ESSENCE SUPER SERUM / 肌萃超導晶露

RÉVOLTE

FAQ

For the microbiome-friendly seal, an application test with at least 20 test persons is necessary, during which the microbiome is tested before and after the application of the product.

As we carry out in vivo microbiome analyses, testing can only be carried out on volunteers before and after the application of a product. Therefore, testing is not possible without an application study.

Yes, you will receive a separate report with the results of the microbiome testing in addition to the report of the application study.

Our team is at your disposal

Dr. Annika Michaelis

Senior Study Manager Application Testing

Dr. Jens Klokkers

Senior Study Manager Application Testing / Manager technique & maintenance

Pia Beer

Senior Study Manager Application Testing

Dr. Janina Tiemann

Head of In-Vitro Analysis

Dr. Claudia Hömme

Senior Study Manager Application Testing

Dr. Tanja Emmler

Head of Application Testing

Youngjae Park

Study Coordinator APAC

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