Makeup found at seasonal Halloween or costume stores often contain artificial dyes, waxes, oils and fragrances that can cause terrible skin reactions.
Toledo, Ohio (PRWEB) October 16, 2017
Before dressing up in a costume this Halloween, be sure to carefully select makeup products to avoid a breakout, allergic reaction, rash, or worse. It is common for dermatologists to see their schedules filled with acne patients the first two weeks after Halloween and often times, Halloween makeup is to blame. Toledo-area board-certified dermatologist Michael Dreifke, M.D. from Bravia Dermatology recommends that everyone follow these 6 simple tips to protect their skin during the Halloween season.
1) Be wary of cheap costume makeup. Makeup found at seasonal Halloween or costume stores often contain artificial dyes, waxes, oils and fragrances that can cause terrible skin reactions. Avoid thick, heavy makeup and instead use thin water-based makeup that allows the skin to breathe through the makeup. Dr. Dreifke recommends selecting high quality, hypoallergenic theatrical makeup manufactured by a reputable company.
2) Test makeup products before applying to face. Reactions can vary from person to person. Test the products on an arm in advance to determine whether there is any sensitive to the ingredients found in the products. Avoid any products that contain isopropyl myristate. This common ingredient can cause severe irritation to those with sensitive skin. In addition, recent studies suggest this product may clog pores, which can lead to breakouts.
3) Prepare skin properly. Thoroughly wash and moisturize face before applying any makeup. Make sure the moisturizer is “non-comedogenic.” To minimize facial breakouts, avoid moisturizers that contain silicones (such as dimethicone), beeswax, lanolin (such as Aquaphor), petrolatum (such as Vaseline), cocoa butter, or mineral oil. These products can trap everything under it, which can lead to breakouts and blackheads.
4) Follow instructions on product packaging. Some products are not meant to be used on or around the face or eyes.
5) Apply as little makeup as possible. Start with just a little makeup and add more as needed to reduce the possibility of clogged pores.
6) Remove all makeup before going to bed. Follow the instructions on how to remove the makeup. Certain makeup products can be removed with soap and water, while others may require special makeup removing cleansers. Once makeup is removed, finish with a high-quality moisturizer.
If anyone does end up having a reaction to Halloween makeup, be sure to make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist to diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan. Visit http://www.aad.org/find-a-derm to find a board-certified dermatologist. For more information, visit http://www.braviaderm.com.