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What’s Lurking In Your Makeup Brushes Can Cause Acne

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If you are anything like the average female, you more than likely have several makeup brushes – possibly makeup brush sets – and they are a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria just waiting to cause a mass breakout. This week, we are focusing on how to prevent acne flare-ups due to dirty makeup brushes, by giving you all the tools you will need to clean them properly, and tell you why you should.

When you clean your brushes, you’re not just getting rid of old makeup, but you’re also ridding the brush of old makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin, and bacteria. You (hopefully) wash your face every day. But if you’re faithfully cleansing and moisturizing only to follow up with a sticky, dusty powder brush, you’re painting a week’s worth of dirt and grime right back on your face.

Why you should wash your brushes:

Dirty brushes break you out – If you think foundation is ruining your skin, it could be your routine and not the product itself. Even if your skin is “clean,” your brushes are still collecting oil, dust, dead skin, and fallout from greasy hair products you spray around your mirror.

Dirty Brushes = Terrible Color Payoff – To get naturally blended eye shadow or dramatic looks like a cut crease,  or contouring, you need precision that you cannot get with a dirty brush.

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Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for germs – Gels and creams are wet environments where germs can multiply, just waiting for you to feed them again with a dirty brush. It’s like swapping an infection back and forth with your partner. Products that should last six months or a year can go off and spoil, and the circle of acne continues.

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Dirty Brushes Cause Skin Irritation – Bristles that are caked with dust and product can dry out and become brittle, making them more abrasive to your skin. Cleaning your brushes regularly keeps natural and synthetic fibers soft and supple.

Dirty Brushes Could Rip Out Your Eyelashes – Curling your eyelashes is an inherently dangerous activity. Don’t make it worse with a gross eyelash curler. Product build-up on your curler can stick to hair, pulling out a few or all of your precious lashes.

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Photo courtesy of BeautyLish

It’s gross, we know. But don’t worry! There are many resources out there to help you understand how best to take care of your brushes and in turn, take care of your skin. Here is a video to show you some great tips and tricks on cleaning different kinds of makeup brushes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCU0ZAPkmYw

If acne has been an ongoing issue for you, please visit our site to learn more about Clearogen and how it can help you better your skin appearance.

 

 

 

Sources:

Thegloss.com

http://www.thederminstitute.com/whats-hiding-in-your-make-up-brush/

 

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