Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Randy Charles is the owner of PaintCentric.com, a website dedicated to providing information, tips, tricks, and news about all things paint. With over 10 years...Read more

Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Randy Charles is the owner of PaintCentric.com, a website dedicated to providing information, tips, tricks, and news about all things paint. With over 10 years...Read more

Can Acrylic Paint Be Used on Skin?

Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Randy Charles is the owner of PaintCentric.com, a website dedicated to providing information, tips, tricks, and news about all things paint. With over 10 years...Read more

Painting on the skin can be a fun way to express yourself. Acrylics are a common choice as they dry quickly, are easy to find, and don’t cost too much. But, it’s important to understand the risks before using acrylic paint on the skin. Quality paints and safety practices should be used.

Acrylic Paint On Skin
Acrylic paint on skin

For example, stay safe when painting on yourself or someone else’s skin!

Safety Considerations

Acrylic paints can be used on the skin. But first, it’s important to know the safety considerations. Please don’t get it confused with body paint. That’s just for face and body art. Acrylic paint is a water-based pigment, not specifically made for the skin. So, use extra caution when using it on the skin!


Before opting for acrylic paint, allergies should be checked. A small patch test on an unseen skin area can reveal any sensitivity or reaction. Many such paints now have added ingredients like glycerine to make application easier, but this can raise the chances of skin irritation.

For those with existing skin issues, acrylic paint may worsen it, so they should avoid it. People with skin allergies need to be extra cautious while applying it and be on the lookout for any reactions post-application. Those unsure of the effects should consult a healthcare provider for further guidance.

Potential Toxicity

Acrylic paint may be toxic. It is made of acrylic polymer emulsion, pigments, and other chemicals. Inhalation of aerosolized paint is the most common way to get exposed. But, contact with unbroken skin is generally safe.

However, people may have different reactions. Complications such as irritation or breathing problems can occur if exposed for too long or in large amounts. Certain acrylic paints can be unsafe on sensitive surfaces like the eyes or nose.

Therefore, always consider the type of paint and its purpose before applying it to the skin. Pregnant women and children should be extra cautious. It is suggested to use a hypoallergenic adhesive or barrier cream before painting. Stop contact with painted surfaces immediately if reactions like burning or itching occurs.


Paint Used As Eyeliner
Paint used as eyeliner

Cleanliness is a must when using acrylic paints on your skin. Wash your hands with soap and water before applying the paint, and wear gloves if possible. Be aware of any allergies to certain materials in acrylic paint, including preservatives. Test a small patch on the inside of your elbow first to check for reactions. Use the same brand for each application and separate tools for each color to avoid contamination.

To remove the paint, use warm water instead of scrubbing or scraping it. Also, ensure all equipment is properly cleaned after each use and kept away from children or pets.

Acrylic Paint
Acrylic paint

Types of Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is a mix of pigments and acrylic resin. It’s popular for its durability, versatility and vividness. There are many types of acrylic paint, each with unique properties. Let’s check out these types of acrylic paints and their uses. Can they be used on the skin safely? That’s what we’ll discuss too!

Water-Based Acrylics

Water-based acrylics have low odor and mix with water and other media. They don’t keep color as well as oil paints, which doesn’t matter when painting on the skin. Acrylic paints made for kids often have FDA-approved ingredients. They are safe if not swallowed.

Traditional water-based acrylics are convenient and economical. They work best in high humidity and are easy to mix colors.

Gouache is a more vibrant type of water-based paint. It is durable against sweat and friction on the skin. It is also great for sensitive skin since it contains iron oxides without petroleum oils. It is great for sketchbook art since it is washable and won’t stain.

Fabric Acrylics

Fabric acrylics are designed to stick to fabrics and textiles. They come in many colors; some even have special effects like texture and glitter. Fabrics may need heat to make the colors last. You can mix fabric acrylics with regular water-based acrylic paint to save money.

Applying acrylics to fabric requires more time and care than some other paints.

It would be best not to use fabric acrylics on the skin unless the instructions say it is safe. Fabric acrylics have polymers that bond to fabrics but not skin. Regular washing should remove the paint from the skin. Setting powders may help prolong artwork’s life on soft-bodied surfaces like skin, but people usually use water-based face paints for body art designs that need to last.

Body Acrylics

Body acrylics are a type of acrylic paint made for human skin. They are safe for face and body application and can be removed with soap and water before drying. They come in many colors, from pastel shades to bright hues. They should never be applied to broken or sensitive skin such as eczema or psoriasis.

Tools needed to create quality designs include:

  • A palette
  • Synthetic brushes
  • An applicator (sponges or makeup foundation brushes)
  • Scraper tools

Imagination is the only other requirement!

Acrylic Paint-02
Acrylic paint-02


Acrylic paint is flexible and can be used for many things – like body art! It can be a positive part of your body art tools – if used properly and safely. Here we’ll explore how to apply acrylic paint and the important safety measures you must take when using it on the skin.

Creating a Design

Acrylic paint is a popular form of body art. It’s affordable, non-toxic and can be mixed with other media to create unique effects. Unlike face paints, acrylics are semi-permanent and must be removed with oil-based remover.

Start with a sample-size bottle to test your technique before applying it to your skin. Look for brands designed specifically for skin, with longer-lasting formulas that won’t crack or fade.

Prepping the area is essential; use rubbing alcohol to disinfect it. Avoid soap and oil products as they create a barrier between the paint and the skin.

Use circular buffing motion and soft brushes to apply the paint. Mix colors to obtain various shades. This works especially well in larger areas like arms and legs!

Acrylic Paint-03
Acrylic paint-03

Applying the Paint

When painting with acrylics, safety is key. Ensure your space is well-ventilated, wear gloves, and wash your hands often. Start with a clean, moisturized surface. Use long strokes and dab carefully with a brush or airbrush. Dilute the paint with water and use an eyeshadow or concealer brush for even coverage.

If using aerosol spray paints, avoid inhaling fumes and spray in a well-ventilated area—preferably outdoors. Allow solvents to evaporate before admiring your work. Clean any remaining product with a makeup remover cloth designed for waterproof makeup before showering.

Removing the Paint

If you’re painting your skin with acrylic, you can remove it. But the longer it’s on, the harder it is to take off. Begin by washing the painted area in warm, soapy water. Mild cream cleanser or baby oil soap can also be used. A damp cloth with baby oil can loosen the paint if it’s been on for a while. Don’t rub too hard, though – this can hurt the skin. For tougher spots, try nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.

Afterward, apply aloe vera cream or vitamin e oil to soothe and protect.


Pros & cons of acrylic paint on skin? It’s safe! Pick a non-toxic one & wash it off with water or oil. Remove the pigment to avoid irritation & allergies. Artwork on skin fades faster than face & body paints, but it’s still a safe & fun way to be creative.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can acrylic paint be used on the skin?

Acrylic paints are not designed for use on the skin. They may cause skin irritation since some of their chemicals can be quite harsh. It is best to avoid using acrylic paints on the skin.

Is it safe to use acrylic paint on my face?

No, it is not safe to use acrylic paint on the face. Acrylic paints contain chemicals that can be harsh on the skin. Additionally, acrylic paint is not designed for use on the skin, so it is best to avoid using it on the face.

Can I use acrylic paint to create body art?

No, using acrylic paint to create body art is not recommended. Acrylic paints contain chemicals that can be harsh on the skin and are not designed for use on the skin. Additionally, acrylic paint does not adhere well to the skin, so using paint specifically designed for body art is best.

Randy CharlesProfessional Painter

Randy Charles is the owner of PaintCentric.com, a website dedicated to providing information, tips, tricks, and news about all things paint. With over 10 years of experience in the painting industry, Randy has become an expert in the field and is passionate about helping others learn more about painting. He has written numerous articles on the subject and is committed to providing accurate and up-to-date information to his readers.

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