Why wearing make-up is best left to grown-ups! –

There are medical reasons why makeup isn’t good for your young ones. First, a child’s skin is thinner and has a decreased barrier function as compared to adults, said Dr Lynn Chiam, dermatologist with Children & Adult Skin Hair Laser Clinic.

The skin’s barrier function refers to its ability to keep moisture in and damaging elements out “and children’s skin is less able to defend itself against irritants,” she said. Some chemicals found in makeup can cause dryness, redness, itchiness and irritation to the skin.

It doesn’t help that the chemicals found in makeup can cause dryness, redness, itchiness and irritation to the skin, she added. “With prolonged use, this can adversely affect the barrier and structure of the skin, causing it to be more sensitive to other things like water, soap, sweat and heat.”Consider this, too: If you have difficulty getting your child to brush her teeth or shower, how do you ensure she’ll properly remove her makeup?

Letting her wear makeup may set her up for teenage acne, when the incomplete removal of products, coupled with unhygienic practices (such as sharing makeup with friends), can clog pores and transmit bacteria.

And if you think a little lip gloss or blusher is harmless, think again. “Makeup can lead to dermatitis of the skin and lips, causing redness, itch and flaking,” said Dr Chiam. “Children also absorb more through the skin as they have a higher surface to volume ratio. As such, they can react even when small amounts of an irritant is applied.”

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