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Face painting: What you should know before Halloween

Halloween (and Halloween parties) is right around the corner. Do you have a costume ready? If you are opting for face paint instead of a mask or plan to use theater makeup to add to your costume, check out these dermatologist-approved tips to keep your skin safe.

How to Keep Your Skin Safe When Using Face Paint

Follow all directions.

Seriously. This may seem obvious, but plenty of people don't read labels before applying paint and makeup. Some materials cannot be used near eyes, and some products aren't even intended for faces. Do not decorate your face or body with products that aren't intended for your skin. This could lead to rashes, breakouts, allergic reactions, or worse.

Test products before putting on your face.

If you're decorating your face with something you've never used before, test a small amount on your arm for a couple of days before putting it on your face. This is especially important if you tend to have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies.

Apply as little as possible.

Even products labeled for use on your face or near your eyes can sometimes irritate skin if you use too much. Start with a small amount, and apply more if necessary. Also, if you are painting your full body, be aware that you can develop heat stroke since the paint covers your pores and prevents the sweating/cooling mechanisms from working properly.

Remove all products before going to bed.

Wearing face paint or makeup too long can irritate your skin. Not to mention, these products can flake off or smear and get into your eyes. Be sure to follow the product's instructions for removal. If a label says to use soap and water, use soap and water or if it says to use makeup remover, use makeup remover.

Had a Reaction to Face Paint? Do This.

There you have it – a simple guide to keep your skin safe this Halloween season. If you have any reaction to face paint or makeup this holiday, start a visit with one of our board-certified dermatologists. You can get a diagnosis and treatment plan for many conditions, including a rash, allergic reaction or acne breakout, within 24 hours on average. Additionally, any necessary prescriptions will be sent to your preferred pharmacy.