Looking beautiful may have consequences if you’re not careful. Your makeup can lead to infections, skin irritations or even burned skin.

How to Avoid Makeup Infections

Check the expiry date. If there isn’t one and you know you have owned it for quite some time, throw it out. The problem with old makeup products is that they do decompose and their preservatives don’t work well because they’ve expired. Once the chemicals are separated, bacteria forms, which then causes skin problems.


Makeup infections

Staph Infection

This is a serious infection, although less common. Don’t share makeup or makeup applicators with others. If you do, make sure they are really clean, and this includes makeup brushes. Wash them thoroughly and ensure they dry well before being used again.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye

Pink eye isn’t something kids only get at daycare centers. Firstly, it’s extremely contagious and can easily spread through mascara. This is one makeup product to never share with anyone. Bacteria can grow rampantly in mascara tubes especially, since they are dark, wet tubes. If you made the grave mistake of sharing mascara and your eyes feel itchy and look reddish, and have discharge, see your doctor immediately.

Makeup Infections


A stye in the eyelid is painful, not to mention, visibile. A stye is an oil duct that’s blocked with bacteria. Again, check expiration dates of eye shadows, eye liners, and mascara, as these cause the inflammation.


An allergic reaction can result if skin contacts bacteria-infested makeup (which is usually old). If you feel an irritation, i.e., burning or itching, or your skin turns red, then treat it with a mild OTC hyrocortisone ointment and don’t use that product again.


Once again, don’t share your makeup. Never share lip products, which could lead to increasing the risk of getting cold sores. Cold sores are herpes, in case you didn’t know, and they are easily transmitted through makeup.


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