Sponges and makeup brushes dirtier than toilet seats

Sponges and makeup brushes dirtier than toilet seats

An American company specializing in cleaning makeup accessories has published a video in which it warns of pathogenic bacteria present in large numbers in certain makeup accessories when they are not washed regularly. The use of these bacteria nests would increase the risk of acne, conjunctivitis and ringworm!

Regularly washing your make-up accessories is far from being a reflex for those who use them every day… But after seeing the video published by GlamTech, they will certainly change their minds. The American company specializing in cleaning makeup accessories had fun taking samples of makeup residue from several accessories that had been used for a while but had never been washed. These samples were then cultured. It turns out that they are real bacteria nests!

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Of 12 brushes analyzed, 11 were dirtier than toilet seats

Cultivation revealed a significant amount of bacteria and fungi. “Scientists who analyzed samples taken from brushes and blenders said these accessories can be dirtier than toilet seats., warns the voiceover in the video. Indeed, of the 12 makeup brushes analyzed, 11 were dirtier than toilet seats. The most contaminated accessories would be eye shadow palettes, followed by brushes (to apply eye shadow, blush or mattifying powder) and lip glosses.

The video, posted on TikTok, has been viewed over two million times, been liked over 190,000 times and garnered over 2,000 comments. An unsurprising success given the enthusiasm for everything to do with make-up in recent years (tutorials on social networks, new brands created each year, etc.).

Bacteria that can settle from the first use

Asked to comment on this video, Dr Suhail Alam, medical director of the Aventus clinic specializing in dermatology care, said he was horrified by these results: “It’s awful how much bacteria a makeup brush can potentially contain. However, I’m half surprised because a colony of bacteria can take hold even after just one use of a makeup brush.“, he told the English media Daily Mail.

How often should you wash your makeup accessories?

If you don’t wash your makeup accessories regularly, you run the risk of spreading tons of bacteria and fungi on your face with each use. These can penetrate the pores of the skin, putting you at high risk for conjunctivitis, acne and even ringworm. Some comments posted under the video are there to confirm this: “I understand better why I have conjunctivitis all the time”I understand better why my pores go crazy when I apply makeup to my face. My skin makes me feel it immediately”.

To avoid these disappointments, GlamTech experts recommend washing makeup brushes and sponges every 7 to 10 days to prevent the proliferation of pathogens.