Halloween is the busiest time of the year for professional face painter Chonya Alvarez.
“We definitely get a lot of requests for princesses. We’ve got a lot of Pokémon going on,” said Alvarez, who only uses face paints and makeup designed especially for the skin. Some cheaper products, she says, contain ingredients known to cause irritation to the skin.
“Especially at that age, (children’s) skin is very sensitive and you don’t know what is in those paints,” he warns.
Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman agrees, and has seen the effects first hand.