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What does "dermatologically tested" stand for?

Statements such as “dermatologically tested” or “clinically tested” can be found on more and more cosmetic products. However, not every one of these inscriptions is also a scientifically tested seal of quality. We will explain to you what the term "dermatologically tested" means, why there are seals of approval and how a dermatological test works.


1. What does "dermatologically tested" mean?

According to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, "dermatologically tested" means that a product has been tested on humans under the supervision of a dermatologist. No standardized procedures and quality specifications are required here. The precise execution of the test is at the discretion of the cosmetics manufacturer or at the discretion of the institute commissioned by the manufacturer to carry out the testing.

2. What is the purpose of seals of approval or seals of quality?

Many cosmetics manufacturers decide to have the skin compatibility of their products dermatologically confirmed and to mark this dermatological test on their products. Such seals of approval or seals of quality are not required by the EU Cosmetics Regulation, but ensure greater comparability and consumer safety. We at boep also attach great importance to the skin compatibility of our products. Therefore, all of our products have been examined by independent dermatologists - with the result that the skin tolerance of our products has been awarded the Original Dermatest® seal as "very good".

3. The Dermatest seal

What is the Dermatest seal?

The Dermatest seal is a scientific seal of quality in which products that come into contact with the skin are tested independently of the manufacturer. The "Dermatest® Guarantee" seal is based on a patch test under dermatological control. As a rule, the test substance is applied to a self-adhesive patch and applied to the test persons under closed (occlusive) conditions.

This intensifies the contact and at the same time limits it in terms of location and time. After 24, 48 and 72 hours, the skin is then examined for reactions and tolerance. 30 subjects are usual for a patch test. About a third of these have sensitive skin. If there are no toxic-irritative reactions, the test is considered successful and the manufacturer receives the seal of quality. On the product packaging, the seal shows the test month and the test year. If something changes in the recipe or the composition of the product, a new test must be carried out.

4. This is how the “Dermatest” works

1. Commissioning

A product manufacturer commissions Dermatest to test his product. The Dermatest scientists create an individual concept for the optimal examination of the product.

2nd study

The application test using the patch test is carried out.

3. Security Rating

The skin is examined and evaluated for toxic-irritative reactions.

4. Appraisal & Seal

A report with all relevant information about the product, the course and the result of the study is created. If the product successfully passes the test, the manufacturer receives the "Dermatest® Guarantee" seal. The consumer recognizes that the cosmetic product is safe to use and of high quality.

Of course, we are very happy about the positive test results of our boep products and continue to work diligently to ensure that our products always meet the highest quality standards.

Alina Merkau

Bei das boep habe ich endlich keine Angst mehr etwas falsch zu machen, die zarte Haut meiner Tochter verträgt die Produkte ganz wunderbar. Außerdem wird der natürliche Babygeruch, den wir so lieben, unterstrichen und nicht wegparfümiert. So soll es sein.

Alina Merkau, Moderatorin

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