Alice Monkongllite / Via BuzzFeedMakeup is a glorious thing. Makeup harbors bacteria, viruses, and fungi that can lead to serious infections and illness. These different kinds of germs often live all over your makeup and brushes, Reynolds tells BuzzFeed Life.
We reached out to Dr. Kelly Reynolds, germ expert and program director of environmental health sciences at the University of Arizona, and Dr. Whitney Bowe, board-certified dermatologist in New York City, to find out more about germs and your makeup.
“These different kinds of germs often live all over your makeup and brushes,” Reynolds tells BuzzFeed Life. She says that common germs include Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococcus, and even Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Because makeup is often waxy and moist, it’s the perfect environment for germs to hang out, Reynolds says. Not only can these germs cause serious infections and illness, but they can also worsen acne and other skin problems.