It’s that time of year again! Halloween is right around the corner and soon it will be time to put together all the important parts of your costume. This includes the near-final step – makeup! Makeup is a huge part of most Halloween costumes whether it’s fake blood, face paint, or full glamour. With so many things to think about and arrange before revealing your makeup for Halloween, have you ever even considered the safety of Halloween makeup? Heavy Halloween makeup with chemicals and waxes can wreak havoc on your skin.

Halloween Makeup Safety

Is Halloween makeup safe for your skin? A lot of Halloween costumes require a product that’s heavier than what your skin is normally used to, especially if you don’t typically wear makeup on a regular basis. These heavy products can clog pores and cause allergic reactions such as pimples, blackheads, rashes, redness, irritation, and sensitivity.

Read the Ingredients

The makeup that gives the best coverage is usually the one that has the most skin-irritating ingredients. Pay attention to the preservatives and fragrances in the ingredients and stay away from those containing irritating metals like lead and unregulated color additives.

Throw Away Last Year’s Batch

Don’t recycle last year’s Halloween makeup! Bacteria accrues on old makeup and putting bacteria all over your face is bound to cause irritations, amongst other issues.

Conduct a Spot Test

Before applying Halloween makeup directly to your face, our dermatologist in Wellington suggests conducting a spot test on the back of your hand or your arm a few days before the big day. This is to make sure your skin reacts well to the makeup you’re applying before putting it all over your face.

Do Not Share Makeup

Sharing makeup can lead to the spread of infections. If someone has an infection on or near their eyes or a cold sore on their mouth and they’re sharing eye makeup and lipstick with everyone, the infection will spread.

How to Safely Take Off Halloween Makeup

Having the proper tools is crucial to Halloween makeup removal. If you’re going to be sticking anything to your face, make sure you invest in an adhesive remover. Even the best Halloween makeup should be removed properly in order to avoid any irritation.

For Stained Skin

Sometimes face paint can leave skin stained and pigmented. After cleansing, apply a thick layer of shaving cream to your face and massage it into your skin.

For Sticky Eyelids

Eyelash glue can stick to the sensitive eyelid skin and trying to rub or scrape it off will cause irritation. Soak a cotton ball in lotion and press it against your eyelids. Hold the cotton ball for a couple of minutes, rub it against your eyelid, and wash away lotion and eyelash glue.

South Florida Dermatology

If you’ve watched and practiced all the Halloween makeup tutorials and started eating all your candy, Dr. Wassef is here to salvage the potential damage done to your skin before, during, and after the holiday. If you’re seeking further information about Halloween makeup safety, medical dermatology or cosmetic treatments in Wellington, contact us today. Our dermatologist in Boca Raton is more than happy to restore your skin to its natural beauty! 561-246-1791

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