KFDA cautions against cosmetics use on children
By Yun Suh-young
The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) cautioned against the use of cosmetics on children Wednesday, ahead of Children’s Day on Saturday.
The KFDA said there are possible side effects to putting lipstick, colored cosmetics or face paint on children.
Since they have more sensitive skin than adults, cosmetics may cause itching, stinging or a rash, the KFDA said. If a child’s skin has these symptoms after cosmetics use, immediately wash the face and consult a doctor.
Manicures must be avoided because a lack of oxygen can cause damage to the nails.
When playing outdoors, it is strongly suggested children use sunscreen because their skin is more vulnerable to ultraviolet rays. Applying face paint on wounded areas or around the eyes must also be avoided as shared use of the paints can transfer viruses. After using cosmetics, children must wash their faces using soap so that no residue remains.
The KFDA has designated certain bath and cleansing products as suitable for children to help them safely use and remove cosmetics.