I have been contacted by numerous people these last few weeks regarding the outcome of the tests on the face paints that were used on my children's face that caused very nasty reactions.
To re-cap, I took my children to a family fun day organised by the City Council where both my children had their faces painted. To my horror when we awoke the next morning both children where left with angry burn like marks as a result of the black face paint used.
The face paints in question were obtained by Trading Standards and sent away for testing. I have now been contacted to advise that the results are inconclusive.
So, I am left in limbo and I have no answers as to why this happened. It was suggested to me that it may be the way that the face paint was removed at the end of the day but as different methods were used, (one used a face wash in the shower while the other used a make-up remover face wipe of a different brand,) I struggle to believe this. The humidity of the day was also mentioned but again I struggle to understand how that could have an effect. The day in question was rather chilly so I wouldn't have thought that would have made a difference.
Both my children have had their faces painted on previous occasions and never suffered any type of reaction nor do I class them as having sensitive skin. I guess I will never know why this happened and where the finger of blame, if any, should be pointed.
All I can say is that I will be certainly apprehensive to allow them to have their faces painted again and this is a real shame as it was something they have previously enjoyed.
Numerous face painters have contacted me regarding this and I know this this has upset them greatly as they take their profession very seriously and the health and well being of the children they deal with is paramount. I can only hope that this is an isolated incident. My only concern is that my children weren't the only children effected at the event and I only hope that correct procedures have now been put in place for future events.