Report finds toxins in some Halloween makeup kits

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A report by a watchdog group found toxins in some Halloween makeup kits, so FOX59 went to dermatologists to see what you should do before your kids trick or treat.

The report, authored by the Breast Cancer Fund and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, found arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and lead in a couple dozen Halloween makeup sets marketed to children. It doesn't specify brands, saying only the sets were bought on an online Halloween store and breaking them down by costume type and color.

The highest levels of the chemicals were found in darker makeup, with the most found in a Batman makeup set.

Multiple dermatologists said that the findings certainly gave them pause, but the likelihood of exposure that would cause issues is low.

"Kids have very resilient skin," St. Vincent dermatologist Dr. Christopher Obeime said.

Obeime said that as long as your kid's skin is not broken, or already irritated, face paint should be fine. He recommends cleansing thoroughly before applying and after you take it off, as well as using an emollient like Cetaphil.

Dermatologists also recommended that you only keep the makeup on for short periods of time.

"Every time you do something new to your skin, there’s a risk it could react to it," Obeime said.

The report itself warned that the chemicals can cause developmental disabilities and cancers, but did not suggest whether the makeups could cause exposure at levels that would be dangerous. It suggested that more regulation is needed by the FDA over cosmetics.

You can read the full report at the link here.

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