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What is the biggest dilemma in the month of October?

Choosing what to be for Halloween…of course!

We at Advanced Dermatology have compiled a list of tips and tricks to guarantee that both you and your skin have a Happy Halloween.

It appears that costumes requiring some sort of makeup have been an increasing trend in recent years. From full-faced skeleton face paint to gory special effects make-up, your skin can take quite a toll with all the wear and tear.

Your best choice would be selecting costume looks that regular every day makeup can be used for. But if you want to up the Halloween factor and go for a look that requires something a little more heavy duty, there are some things you need to know first.

The FDA has an entire section on their website dedicated to safety warnings on Novelty Makeup, which is a great place to start if you are considering using facial paint as part of your costume. Here are some tips:


  • Like hair dye, if you are using a product for the first time, it is best to test it on a small patch of skin to make sure you are not allergic.
  • Check expiration dates on all products you intend on purchasing.
  • If a product is not intended for skin do not use it, especially on your face! This is particularly important for people leaning towards using prosthetics. They look real and scary, but using the wrong adhesive can be costly. Use glues and adhesives specifically created for use on skin.
  • Avoid using products in and around your eyes. The eyes are the most delicate area on your face, adding harsh and heavy paint and glues in that area can have adverse effects.

Don’t be afraid to splurge!

  • It might be the best idea to spend a few more dollars to guarantee that you are getting the best quality of products.
  • Here are two brands that have been tested for quality and safety:
    • Snazaroo – mostly known for its face paint, Snazaroo is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and washable
    • Ben Nye – many makeup lovers may be familiar with this brand, but did you know they have an entire Halloween/Special Effects line. From face paint to fake blood, all of their products have been tested for your safety.

If you are on a budget and are opting for the Halloween makeup found in your local drugstore, or party supply store, make sure to prep your skin! Not only will this give your makeup a more smooth and polished look, but it also creates a small barrier between your skin and the makeup. While shopping at your local drug store be on the look-out for these cost-effective face primers:

  1. NYX Pore Filler
  2. Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer
  3. Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Removing your Halloween makeup is VERY important:

  • Do not go to sleep with Halloween makeup on or any makeup for that matter
  • Try as best you can to remove the make-up as directed on the packaging.

If you’ve followed all the rules and still find your skin is irritated, itchy, or have a rash, contacting a dermatologist might be the best option.

Halloween should be fun not dangerous, so be careful with the products you decide to use this year!

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