Makeup wipe causes burning, swelling

Posted at 6:15 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 18:15:25-05

PERRY PARK, Ky. – In a beauty store, the choices can seem endless, but they may not all be safe.

Perry Park resident Shirley Caudill recently learned that for herself when she tried to remove some makeup with wipes she bought at the store and the results were “horrific.”

“I had a burning sensation in my face, and my face swelled up, my ears swelled up and I looked like I had been burned,” she said.

Caudill’s dermatologist ruled out everything except the wipes as the cause. The doctor checked the ingredients and saw the wipes contained formaldehyde, a power preservative banned in beauty products in parts of Asia and Europe, but not the U.S.

“When you got to the store to buy, you think, ‘OK, these are all safe,’” Caudill said.

Dr. Gerald Kasting, a University of Cincinnati cosmetic sciences expert, said that formaldehydes and parabens can draw a long-lasting immune response from sensitive people.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would require the FDA to test chemical levels to ensure beauty products are safe.

“Something needs to be done, because I could have permanent damage to my face,” Caudill said. “Word needs to get out.”