What You Need to Know about Makeup Sanitation!
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There are 4 main bacteria that are typically found in makeup. These bacteria can begin to grow due to cross contamination, multi-person use, double dipping, etc.
The 4 most common types of bacteria found are:
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a form of staph bacteria that has been found on lipsticks, eyeshadows and eyeliners during laboratory testing. While this bacteria often is found naturally on human skin, for those with a compromised immune system--due to a severe illness, old age or a chronic illness--may develop an infection. Some strains of this bacteria are resistant to antibiotic treatment and can severely affect the intestines if left untreated.
Another member of the staphylococcus bacteria group, Staphylococcus warneri is found on the skin of humans and animals. While it may not cause adverse reactions in those with healthy immune systems, it can cause severe reactions and illness in those with compromised immune systems. In the most extreme cases, this bacteria is associated with endocarditis, which is damage to the heart valves.
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacteria found in soil, water and on the skin and has been associated with inflammation, rash and in severe cases, sepsis--a serious infection that can cause organ failure. Pseudomonas aeruginosa that live on a mascara wand that can nick the eye or penetrate into the soft tissues or membranes of the eye.
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
One of the most serious forms of bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can lurk on old makeup and cause an infection, such as dermatitis or pink eye, which can resist antibiotic treatment. This bacteria is considered very dangerous because the infection can be easily spread. When applying makeup, MRSA present in the makeup can enter a pimple, open cut or the mucous membranes of the eye and nose. Initial signs of infection including redness, inflammation and heat over the infected area. If you suspect you may be infected with MRSA, seek immediate treatment.
Follow the guidelines below on how to help makeup sanitation for each makeup type:
To sanitize creme makeups, like foundations, eyeshadows, concleaors, and adjustors, scoop the product out of jar with a spatula and place it onto a stainless steel palette.
For liquid makeups pour the product into a welled stainless steel palette.
When using powder makeups, pour the powder out for each use; when using a pressed powder, like a rouge or an eyeshadow, you can apply the makeup directly to the skin, however, make sure when doing this you are using Q-tips or you are sanitizing your brushes after each use, to sanitize the product, clean the top layer off with a tissue in between each use, once finished use a makeup sanitizer to thoroughly clean the product.
When applying mascara, make sure to use a disposable and don’t double dip a wand into the product!
For lipstick, scoop the color off of the stick with a spatula; place it onto your stainless steel palette or you can use a cosmetic sanitizer wipe, like BeautySoClean.
For pencils like eyeliner, lip pencils, and eyebrow pencils; dip the pencil in alcohol or wipe it with a cosmetic sanitizer wipe, sharpen the pencil, and re-dip the pencil.
Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames