Superhero Skin Safety for Comic Cons and Halloween

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Getting dressed up? Follow these do's and don'ts skin safety tips from DermOne Dermatology Centers to ensure great reactions from the crowd on Halloween or at Comic Cons -- not reactions on your skin!

"DON'T use superglue on your skin. Period." - Heather Capps, PA-C, DermOne

October is time for superheroes and cosplayers, spooks and scares. But no matter how much we like ghouls and cartoon characters, no one wants to look like one unintentionally the next day. With Comic Cons all year long and Halloween just around the corner, Heather Capps, PA-C, skincare expert at DermOne Dermatology Centers, provides skin safety tips on costuming and makeup so cosplayer and costume season won’t become your arch nemesis.

DO plan accordingly:

DO teach children that the fun Halloween "mist" they see coming out of cauldrons is indeed dry ice -- and keep them away from it! Touching dry ice directly can cause grave danger to skin. Burns from dry ice should be handled in the same way as burns from heat: if blisters start to appear, contact your doctor or go to your nearest ER.

DO test makeup on the inside of your wrist a few days before application to ensure no skin reactions. Look for pink or red marks, blisters and irritation.

DO check to ensure your makeup is non-toxic. How do you know? The package will state that it is non-toxic. Products that contain emollient laxatives, talc or hydrocarbons can be toxic. Also, stay away from grease-based makeup, which can cause breakouts.

DO de-superhero yourself accordingly after you save the planet: To remove heavy makeup coverage, use a gentle makeup remover rather than scrubbing your face with soap.

DON'T scare yourself and others:

DON'T use superglue on your skin. Period. Yes, we realize you're a superhero. But no, you won't be able to remove this from your skin without damage. For applying fun crystals and other super sparkle, use skin-safe adhesives, such as eyelash glue. These adhesives will often come with their own skin-safe remover. Don't battle the dark forces of superglue on your face and expect to win this one.

DON'T place dry ice directly in the punch bowl or in drinking cups. Those cocktails only look cool -- until an inebriated guest gets a dry ice throat burn. There's no masking that displeasure.

DON'T use food coloring or other "DIY" skin-coloring products such as natural and organic foods. Some fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, can stain your face for days! Citrus fruits can also have a chemical reaction in the sun, potentially causing burns and blistering. Just because it's organic and good for your body doesn't mean it needs to be on your face!

DON'T share costumes, makeup or makeup applicators. (When was the last time they were washed, anyway??) They can easily carry viruses, fungi, and bacteria, especially the common pink eye. And if your spidey senses detect that makeup or costume has a bad smell? Consider it kryptonite for your super good time, and shy away. This could be a sign of contamination.

About Heather Capps, PA-C
Heather Capps, a physician assistant with DermOne Dermatology Centers in Mesquite, enjoys the patient teamwork that the practice of dermatology provides. Capps treats patients with a wide variety of skin conditions and diseases, including inflammatory conditions, infections, aging-related issues, skin cancer, auto-immune disorders and more. Capps earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), where she was a member of the Pi Alpha National Honor Society, PA Studies Program Ambassador, and was named to the Dean's List. Capps was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Pediatrics Award from UNTHSC. She also earned a secondary education certification and a bachelor's degree in English from Southern Methodist University, which she used as an English teacher and head ladies' soccer coach at Mesquite ISD's Horn High School before studying to become a PA.

For more information or to make an appointment with Heather Capps, PA-C, call 855.897.4994 or visit DermOne Mesquite is located at 2856 N. Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75150. The Mesquite office is just one of five DermOne locations including Waxahachie, Arlington, Irving, and Grand Prairie.

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