If you are suffering from constant breakouts and other skin irritations, you may not need to look any further than your makeup and brushes
Most of us have heard some horrifying results of studies that test bacteria accumulation in makeup brushes. One recent study* found the building of bacteria in the average user quickly within the first week, then doubling by the second week and increasing to a number to high to measure within a month. Ironic, that one of the things women rely on the most to help look our best, may be our worst enemy when it comes to germs that can cause anything from pesky breakouts to some very serious skin infections.Yet, according to the study's’ survey, 72% of us don’t wash our brushes. They go on to recommend the average user should sterilize brushes after each use and deep clean their brushes with a water-based cleanser at least once a week. However, this becomes a hassle due to the time it takes most brushes to dry and be able to use again. Some Kabuki brushes can take 24 hours to dry leading to possible mold growth, not to mention having somewhere and way to place them so moisture seepage does not loosen the glue of the bristles and ruin expensive brushes.
Cosmetic stores, beauty spas and makeup artists have an even higher degree of concern, due to the probability of transmitting germs and bacteria from client to client. Commercial locations should sterilize after each client and deep clean once a day but unfortunately very rarely happens.
*Simonian, A., 2013, The Identification of Bacteria Found on Makeup Brushes, Loyola Marymount University, California.
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