A Lagos-based dermatologist, Tobi Davis, has stated that excessive use of makeup is toxic to the skin.
She further added 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.
Davis said that the side-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 doctor 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.
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.