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Halloween make-up may cause skin problems
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Depending on your choice special make-up can add to your costume and you have better visibility than with a mask.
Some make-up can cause skin problems but you can take steps to reduce the risk.
It is almost time for all the ghosts and goblins to take to the streets for all "Hallows" eve..
If you plan to use costume makeup there are some things you need to keep in mind.
First be sure to read the labels.
"When you look at costume makeup, it is a good idea to chose one that is water-based rather then oil-based because it will minimize clogging of pores."
Doctor Lori Ramirez is a Dermatologist at the Intermountain Healthcare Clinic in Salt Lake City.
She says you should also be on the lookout for chemicals in the product that may cause a reaction.
"And be careful to look for latex in the products as well because there are products that definitely have latex in them as well. And children and adults can get some local irritation from that."
A good way to see if you will or won't develop a reaction is to rub some makeup on your wrist or elbow a few days before Halloween.
"Doing a trial run a week before would be a good idea, then you can come up with other alternatives for the costume if you can't use the makeup."
And if you have makeup left over from last year, best advice is to throw it out...
"With bacteria and that is usually older makeup that patients try to increase the shelf life. They try to add water or reconstitute it to make it a little softer and reapply it and that is unfortunate because that is a good breeding ground for bacteria if you try to do that in that area."
And after the fun is over be sure to wash the makeup off before you go to bed.
Doctor Ramirez says makeup is generally not recommended for children under the age of eight.
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