With carnival coming up soon, the Hospiten Group stresses the importance of using face paints and cosmetic products that are safe and of guaranteed quality to prevent allergic reactions and skin damage, especially in the case of children.
Dr. Javier Iglesias Souto, allergologist at Hospiten Sur, points out that these types of make up can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions, dermatitis, conjunctivitis and even worsen existing skin conditions like acne. For that reason, he recommends using products purchased from a pharmacy, reading the label and not buying those that do not list all the ingredients.
He points out that make up contains many chemical substances, with preserving agents and perfumes causing most reactions. Among the ingredients that most commonly cause problems are Euxyl K-400, Kathon and Peru Balsam, which are found in cosmetic powders; propyl gallate, octyl gallate and mercury in lipstick; nickel sulfate in mascara and eye liner and Thiomersal in eye shadow.
The best thing for sensitive skins is to use hypoallergenic products and for the delicate skin of children, try water-based paints, which are easier to wash off.
Dr. Iglesias also offers advice on how to use face paint and make up correctly this carnival. Any make up should be cleansed and moisturizer applied to protect the skin, use soft-bristle, clean brushes to apply make up and wet wipes to correct any mistakes.
If you are going to stick decorative elements on your face, use a special adhesive you can buy in cosmetic or fancy-dress stores. To help set your make up and avoid it sweating, you can apply a waterproof facial mist spray that will protect it. And after the party, it is important to cleanse the skin and moisturize well.
If you do have an allergic reaction, the doctor recommends removing the product and avoid using it in the future, but keep the wrapping so you have the information on its ingredients. To relieve itchiness, you should use a moisturizing cream or apply cold compresses or damp cloths to the affected area. In the case the symptoms persist, consult your doctor for treatment, usually topical steroids and oral antihistamines. You should then consult a specialist allergologist, who will be able to offer advice as needed.