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Acne breakouts caused by hidden bacteria in beauty products

February 6, 2014 by Works with Water

We are pretty aware of germs in our day to day lives; we wash our hands after visiting the bathroom, we use disinfecting products to keep our house clean and cleanse our face to keep our skin free of blemishes, but most of us never stop and think about the bacteria that builds up on our beauty products.

Bacteria can be sneaky, and once it gets into your makeup, it can cause a whole host of problems for your skin like acne breakouts, redness and infection.

Throw away those old lipsticks, lotions and brushes. You are begging for acne and rashes if you carry on this bad habit. Check the expiry date on every product and remember to throw out the old.

For most skin and body care products, there is an easy way to find out how long the ingredients are good for. Simply look on the back of the container. Many times you’ll see what looks like a skin care product tub that is opened with a number on it. The number is usually 6, 12, 24 or 36. What this means is that you can safely use this opened product for the number of months it says. But let’s remember that dipping your fingers into product does bring bacteria into the mix.

To help you keep your cosmetics free of germs, we’re sharing some top tips by Women’s Health Magazine.

Use a tube: If you’re using lotion that comes in a jar or tub as opposed to a tube, you’re putting bacteria into the product each time you dip in your fingers. The same goes for hair masks, exfoliators and anything that comes in a jar, but bacteria-filled lotion going onto your face can cause irritation, acne and redness. Go for a tube version of your favorite lotion or use a spatula or cotton swap to scoop out of the jar instead of your fingers.

Mascara pumping: Every time you pump mascara to “get more product on the brush,” you’re drying out the mascara, creating a dry, dark breeding ground for germs. Putting that mascara onto your wand and into your eye, then back and forth again, passes germs from your eye to the tube, where they’ll continue to live. Make sure you’re only using mascara for no longer than 3 months, and swirl the brush inside instead of pumping it up and down.

Sneezing while applying: It may be innocent, but if you sneeze around your makeup while applying, you’re immediately putting bacteria into any open container. If you feel a sneeze coming on, walk into another room to avoid sneezing on your products.

Reapplying lipstick after eating: This goes for any lip product, but if you immediately reapply your lipstick after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. Bacteria can then live on the surface of lipstick, or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually be spread onto your lips in the next application. Make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip color.

Sharing your products: If you’re sharing any beauty products with your friends, you’re immediately putting any of their germs into your products and vice versa. Even if you’re out with your best friend and she forgot to bring her lip gloss in her clutch, don’t share. It never ends well.

Not cleaning your makeup bag: Even if you clean every product, brush and sponge in your makeup bag, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Your makeup bag needs to be cleaned out, and you should be doing this at least once a month to get any loose, bacteria-laden products out of the bottom of the bag.

Double-dipping brushes: Yes, there are certain brushes that you should be using for each kind of makeup application, but in reality, many of us are guilty of using one brush for multiple products. If you use one brush to apply powder to your face, then dip it into your blush, you’re transferring any oils from your face into your blush compact, and then redistributing those oils onto your cheeks when you apply blush. Try using separate brushes for each product, and remember to clean your brushes about once a week.

One thought on “Acne breakouts caused by hidden bacteria in beauty products”

  1. Orlando says:

    When my acne was bad I used Ivory bar soap. My dermatologist told me it was the best. I use Biore’ fioamng face wash now, and it keeps me from getting as oily. I also use Retin-A at night. Loreal makes really good moistureizers for men, even if you are greasy you need a moistuerizer. Get some face cloths to absorb the oil throughout the day from clean and clear. Also, use benzoyl peroxide on your face at night.

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