How your little monsters can avoid skin rashes


Halloween dress up can be irritating for those with sensitive skin, says Dr. Halliday McDonald, a cosmetic dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Kids and adults should be sure to wash off their makeup, paints and color from clothing at the end of the night to avoid irritation and breakouts, says Dr. McDonald.

To help goblins and ghouls avoid day-after rashes, Dr. McDonald recommends:

  • Avoid wearing masks and costumes that transfer color onto the skin.
  • Avoid tight clothing and occlusive fabrics which can cause friction, irritation, and heat rash.
  • Try to use water-based make-up, which is easier to remove than oil-based versions.
  • Those prone to acne should avoid oil-based makeup. Those with sensitive skin should avoid alcohol-based products.
  • Avoid home concoctions like food coloring and corn oil.

If a rash develops, try an over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. If the condition persists or worsens, see a doctor. 

Media Contact: Russell Rian

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