The roar of the crowds, the ITCH of the greasepaint?…

Brad Pitt portraitWell, add stage makeup to another class of products that appears to frequently have detergents in them, sometimes pretty strong detergents like SLS.  Wow, I was a theater buff as a teenager and remember the thick oily makeup and the greasy cold creams necessary to remove it.  Things must have changed.  I’m guessing detergents help the makeup go on easier and wash off with less pain and … grease (elbow and otherwise).

I was handed a container of stage makeup recently that was supposed to be hypoallergenic.  SLS was the second or third detergent on the list!  I don’t even know what came after.  No wonder Brad Pitt, who I’ve read has eczema, had so many problems finding makeup that didn’t bother his skin when he was filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  (I wonder if that has anything to do with why he plans to retire from acting?  I hope not!  It would be such a waste and so totally unnecessary.)  Given the odds, it’s also possible one or more of his kids has some eczema, dry skin, asthma, or allergies.  (I did try to find a contact address to send a link to SolveEczema, but Pitt is famously private and anyone online these days gets so much spam, it seemed a fool’s errand.)   Note from the universe to Brad:  Switch to true soaps at home and use only makeup that contains no detergents!

Photo attribution:  Thomas Peter Schulzen
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