Can Acrylic Paint Be Used On Skin?

Acrylic paint is one of the most common types of paint for paint projects, but should you use it on your skin?

Face paint and body paint can be challenging to find and is more expensive than acrylic paint. However, using the wrong paint on your skin can cause irritation. You don’t want to harm your body while you are expressing your creativity.

Most acrylic paint is non-toxic, but is it safe to use on your skin? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Can You Put Acrylic Paint on Your Face?

No, you shouldn’t use acrylic paint on your face.

Although most acrylic paint is non-toxic, it still contains some toxins in trace amounts that are not dangerous if you are working on a canvas but could still harm you if you come in close contact with them. You do not want to put most acrylic paints near your eyes, nose, and mouth.

The other reason you should never use acrylic paint on your face is that the skin on your face is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body. You are more likely to experience inflammation, redness, and irritation if you apply acrylic paint there than anywhere else. Not only will the paint damage your skin, but also the process of removing it from such a sensitive area will be painful.

Applying acrylic paint to your face probably will not result in severe long-term health damage. However, it will likely be unpleasant and even painful, so you should avoid it.

Can You Put Acrylic Paint on Your Hands?

You shouldn’t paint your hands with acrylic paint. Yet, if a small amount of acrylic paint gets on your hands while working, it’s not a big deal.

Acrylic paint contains ingredients that irritate and dry out your skin. While the skin on your hands is less sensitive than your face, acrylic paint can still irritate you if you leave it on your hands for too long.

How to Wash Acrylic Paint Off Skin

Washing off acrylic paint while it is still wet comes off with soap and water. However, washing off dried acrylic paint is more difficult. Some recommend using baby oil or rubbing alcohol to try to break up the stain. Others say that the only way to get dried acrylic paint flakes off skin is to peel it off.

Unfortunately, most methods of removing dried acrylic paint from skin result in more irritation for skin that has already been exposed to harmful ingredients.

If you get acrylic paint on your skin, the best thing to do is to wash it off immediately before it has a chance to dry. 

What Paints Are Safe for Skin?

Consider using the following paints for your skin.

●    Water-Based: Regular water-based paints have to follow strict regulations about the materials they use, making them a safe choice for painting skin. Although water-based paint is prone to rubbing off, it is safe for your face and body.

●    Alcohol-Based Body Paint: Many special effects crews use alcohol-based body paint. Bodypaint is designed to be safe for use on skin and is durable. However, alcohol-based paint can be hard to remove without rubbing alcohol, which dries out the skin.

●    Face Paint: You can find specially formulated face and body paint in most arts and crafts stores or costume shops. This paint is the safest to use for skin because it has been manufactured specifically for that purpose.

●    Liquid Latex: If you want to create special effects, liquid latex is a popular choice of body paint used in movies.

Before using any paint on your skin, test it on a small patch of your hand first. You never know if you have a sensitivity or allergy to one of the ingredients.


You should not use acrylic paint on your skin. Instead, it is best to use body paint as acrylic paint can irritate your skin and cause an allergic reaction. 

Secondly, bodypaint is easier to wash off and will not crack or rub off.

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