A Queensland mother claims a face paint kit she purchased at Woolworths has “severely burnt” her son’s skin.

Alexandra Leigh Carter said she painted her four-year-old son’s face with the product on Wednesday evening last week and said it was only on his skin for a couple of minutes before she “had to immediately take him for a shower.”

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Ms Carter told 7News Online that Mckenzie had complained it was hurting as they were washing it off his face.

She said she had tested the product on the underside of his wrist and left it there for about 15 to 20 minutes, but there was no reaction.

Ms Carter wrote online: “I’d like to share this to warn other parents.

“We did this as a trial run for Halloween and safe to say I’ll never be using face paint again.”

The mother-of-three said the initial reaction “looked like a chemical burn”, but the redness had subsided by the next morning.

“I’d like to see this product discontinued in case another child has to go through this or the parent that’s scared for her/his child,” Ms Carter said.

Woolworths said Ms Carter’s concern is being taken seriously and it has engaged with her to investigate her concern.

A Woolworths spokesperson told 7News Online: “We always work hard with our suppliers to ensure all products supplied meet the safety and quality standards our customers expect.

“This product has gone through thorough testing with our supplier, and customers should be assured that it meets our stringent quality standards.”

The ACCC issued a warning to be careful when purchasing cheap face paints due concerns over lead content. READ that here.

Check out our SAFETY WARNING issued ahead of Halloween celebrations.

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  • How scary! Even did a patch test. It is amazing some of the things that pass to be sold!


  • Terrible thing to have happened. We should always test products on a small spot before applying it to the whole face or body to make sure there are no reactions.


  • I’m sorry this has happened to your son. You did the right thing in doing a spot test on his skin but maybe the face is more sensitive. You may have to buy him a mask instead. Glad the redness has gone down and no permanent damage was done


  • And kids can develop allergies to products they’ve previously been fine with.


  • Glad to hear this boy is ok. I’m not a fan of face paint at all. This mother did the right thing in trying on her skin first, something I probably wouldn’t have done, and it didn’t affect her. Everyone’s skin is different – child and adult — so this may be an isolated incident. However, she has done the right thing, as has Woolworths. No need for outrage, just a sharing of information to create awareness.


  • I’m glad he’s ok firstly. But this is a big warning that parents need to read the ingredients listed in products that are put on the skin or ingested. Just because it is sold here doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have harsh chemicals in it. Be aware, pick up a copy of the chemical maze and look through what all those weird and scary numbers are. If in doubt, don’t.


  • Oh goodness, thank you for the warning.


  • I’m not a massive fan of face paint either. I’m also not a fan of Woolworths at the moment. They promise a lot but deliver very little. I had groceries turn up at almost 1 o’clock in the morning, which was over 3 hours outside the specified time. Nobody ever calls you when they say they will when and the people that do tell you fibs like you can have a refund and the next person tells you you’re not entitled to one. Regarding the quality of their produce, in the store that is closest to my house I have on numerous occasions found things like mouldy strawberries and limp chinese broccoli on an end cap that is designed for specials. When I showed them they showed no concern at all and brushed it off. I have had a capsicum that had a rotten core and had to return it. I don’t think I will be giving Woollies anymore chances. I’m not surprised that this has happened to this poor boy. Woolworths almost always try to deflect and use standardised replies about the level of quality control they have etc.


  • Hate face paint, it stains skin and causes irritation on my kids. I never use it and this is a good reason to avoid.


  • I can never get facepaint to come off so I try to avoid it as much as I can.


  • Do they not thoroughly test this stuff before it goes on shelves?? You hear about them having extensive testing on makeup so this should be no different!


  • poor kid, hope he recovers fast but it does seem more of an allergy, odd that it didn’t do the same on his wrist


  • I never liked face paint. Unless I have absolute security that the product is 100% safe, I wouldn’t it on my child’s skin. :-(


  • Sounds like a PPD allergic reaction (I have this allergy). Is para-phenylenediamine on the list of ingredients? See https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/allergy-to-paraphenylenediamine/


  • To be honest I wouldn’t put anything cheap and nasty on my child’s skin.


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