People who are fond of wearing heavy make-up on their faces and skins to enhance their beauty have been warned to reduce such to its barest minimum.
According to some dermatologists, people who use heavy make-up are liable to have high blood pressure, low fertility, skin cancer, irritation and other diseases.
Mr. Alex Adeniyi, a Lagos based dermatologist, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that excessive use of make-up could cause skin irritation, allergies and skin cancer on the users based on the chemical compositions of most make-up.
He also said that excessive make-up could expose the skins and the eyes of users to germs and harmful toxins.
“Women who apply make-up on their skins must always clean their faces before going to bed, to remove all traces of chemicals from their skins,’’ he said. However, it must be washed with suitable cleansers, toners and scrubs to leave the skin properly clean.
“This must be done, especially, at night to avert any skin irritation or disease,’’ he advised.
Similarly, another dermatologist, Mrs. Tobi Davis, said that excessive make-up by women was to cover up skin problems such as pimples, allergies, patches, scars, dark circles, boils, and wrinkles.
“If care is not taken the reverse will be the case; instead of beautifying, it will cause more problems for the skin,’’ she said.
Davis said that the harmful effects of make-up were not limited to skin-related issues but to other health challenges.
“Lipsticks, kajal sticks, eye-shadows are known to contain carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals that can have adverse effects on the skin.
“This can lead users to developing high blood pressure, allergies, behavioural abnormalities, and reduction in fertility.
“Some chemical preservatives used in many cosmetics are hazardous to the human biological and physiological systems,’’ she said.
The dermatologist said that applying too much make-up on any skin would lead to wrinkles and spots on portions the applicant was attempting to conceal.
“This will make the person look older than his or her age,’’ she said.
She advised make-up enthusiasts to always remove all traces of chemicals from their skins by applying face washes, cleansers, and scrubs.
“Women should use a natural facial treatment like cumber, tomatoes, honey and eggs instead of using unsafe products,’’ she said.
Mrs Pamale Obunwa, a beautician said that women should know their skin types to know the appropriate makeup to apply, particularly on their faces.
“Wrong application of make-up is very harmful and can cause skin cancer.
“It is better to enhance your skin with quality products,’’ she said.