Halloween Face Paints Contain Lead, Heavy Metals Linked to Skin Allergies

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Posted on 29th October 2009 by admin in Health Alerts

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San Francisco – New product tests reveal that some children’s face paints contain lead, which can impact brain development at extremely low doses, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis. Because these metals are not listed on product labels, parents shopping for Halloween make-up have no way of knowing which products are safe. While this is particularly concerning for parents at this time of year, these products are used year-round for dress-up and play, and the lack of cosmetic safety standards is a problem that extends to all cosmetics sold in the United States.

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