There is a new warning for some of the Halloween face paints due to lead traces found in the paint. Although the FDA has cleared these products, a report sponsored by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, found traces of lead in 10 products easily available in stores and on the internet. The amount of lead found in these products is below the allowed amount from the FDA. Because of this, the face paint may not pose any health risk but lead is considered by experts to be a probable human carcinogen.
Dr. Samuel Epstein is professor emeritus of environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago’s School of Public Health and chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition stated, “There is no such thing as a safe level of carcinogen.”
Although the FDA has approved these products they have stated that if used, make sure to keep the paint away from eyes and mouths. If any of the paint smells strange, do not use it. If you would prefer to stay away from these paints, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also offers homemade face paint recipes on their website.