Most cosmetics currently in use may contain dangerous superbugs, according to a new study from Aston University. These include a wide range of products such as mascara, lip gloss, make-up sponge, etc. These superbugs can pose a particular risk to people with compromised immune systems, small scratches on their faces or broken skin.
Make-up products in use are products that have been purchased and used by the recipient, including mascara, lipstick, foundation, etc., as well as tools such as make-up sponges.
The researchers found that 9 out of every 10 cosmetics currently in use contained pathogens such as Staphylococcus and E. coli. If these bacteria can enter the bloodstream in a scratch-like way, some of them can be fatal. Even in non-life-threatening situations, pathogens can cause other diseases, such as skin infections, especially if the cosmetic user’s immune system is compromised.
The study showed that the bacteria in these products were largely caused by the use of “outdated” old cosmetics and products that were not properly cleaned. The highest concentration of potentially harmful bacteria in beauty eggs. The researchers found that more than half fell on the floor during use, and another 93 percent were never cleaned.
The researchers point out that while the EU requires the expiration date to be set on cosmetics, there are no similar regulations in the US, meaning manufacturers will decide whether to use the “life limit” to produce products. Consumers are advised to pay attention to shelf life and clean tools such as makeup eggs after use.