A Dermatologist who is named Dr. Idi Martins warned against the use of makeup in excess, stating that it exposes the skin’s surface to substantial amounts of harmful toxins and germs. He said that excessive application of makeup might cause allergies, skin irritation, and even skin cancer due to their chemical content.
He also said that makeup might have severe effects on the body as a whole, the skin, even the eyes. “The chemicals present in eye pencils lipsticks, mascara, kajal, and others, may cause severe health issues.”
Martins advised that ladies who use makeup should ensure that they clean their faces just before going to bed, so they can remove every trace of chemicals from their skin.
“It is very necessary to use suitable cleansers, face washes, toners and scrubs when washing off the makeup daily, especially at night, as it will avert any disease or skin irritation’’ Martins said.
How makeup causes health problems
The chemicals in makeup as noted earlier can seep into the bloodstream through the skin. From there, they could enter the bloodstream and eventually, damage the internal organs after a while. Makeup has been proven to be the primary cause of acne or other skin problems for more 30% of female patients who visit dermatologists.
Regrettably, the damaging effects of makeup are not just restricted to skin-related problems only; there is a range of health issues that can arise as a result of extreme usage. For instance, lipsticks, eye shadows, and kajal sticks are identified with lead particles, a neurotoxin, and carcinogen that can adversely affect the nervous system, leading to allergies, high blood pressure, behavioral anomalies and even reduced rates of fertility. Parabens and mercury are some other chemical preservatives used in a lot of cosmetics which are also hazardous substances. Even though the role of parabens is to keep bacteria at bay, the chemical is known to cause the growth of some cancer cells in parts of the body.
Eye makeup, particularly, can be very harmful if the makeup has passed its expiration date or when the brushes used are not clean. The space around the eyes is very sensitive and so, is more vulnerable to bad makeup habits. The application of excess makeup, particularly foundation, and powder can also clog the pores of the skin, preventing the free passage of air into the pores. This can lead to common skin problems such as acne.
Some make up can make the skin age fast, particularly if you begin to use them at an early age – careful, teens!
The advice is to thus to look for make-up will little or no artificial chemicals, made from natural products, and clean off makeup every night before going to bed.
Natural cleansing solutions after application of makeup
For those who may easily forget to wash their faces daily after application of makeup, they can try gentle, non-alcohol facial cleansers. These cleansers can be purchased in stores nationwide, and homemade cleansers can be used if convenient.
Some natural cleansers that can be found in your kitchen or pantry include;
- Raw honey
It works for sensitive and regular skin and is a quick method which can help rejuvenate the skin.
- Egg yolk
This mask is rich in Sulphur can help free up clogged pores and ultimately get rid of acne.
This vegetable is a hydrating mask and is useful after a long day outside to rehydrate the skin.
A good exfoliator and moisturizer