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Dangerous microbes hiding in your makeup

Dec 04, 2019 13:06 IST

The research conducted by experts at Aston University in the U.K. reveals that a majority of makeup products such as lip gloss, mascara and blending sponges could be contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria such as E.coli and Staphylococci. The research looked at a variety of makeup products, comprising 467 individual items and found that 9 out of 10 products tested contained bacteria capable of causing illnesses such as skin infections and even blood poisoning if used near the eyes, mouth or cut or grazed skin. Blending sponges were found to have the highest levels of potentially harmful microbes because they are often left damp after use, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.