Makeup Brush Bacteria: How To Prevent Bacteria Growth

Every day, millions of people start their mornings with a cleansing shower that’s followed on with a beautification using makeup. However, what many don’t realise is that the efforts from washing and cleaning their face in the morning is often eradicated when applying makeup, due to the buildup of germs and bacteria on makeup products.

Makeup brushes are the biggest culprits of this, due to a buildup of makeup over time and bacteria growing from it. We’re here to offer an insight into the impact of dirty makeup brushes and how to go about cleaning them.

The potential effects of not cleaning your makeup brushes

With each swipe of your makeup brush, dead skin, oil and dirt can embed themselves into the bristles. This combined with makeup that gradually builds up into the bristles, can provide bacteria with a pleasant home to grow in.

Bacteria including E-coli, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, as well as a number of viruses and fungus have all been found within the bristles of some makeup brushes, each of which can make its way onto or into the body, causing unpleasant conditions and illnesses.

If you often allow friends, family or colleagues to use your makeup brushes, you may want to reconsider doing so. Any bacteria or infection they may have can be passed onto yourself, through the sharing of a makeup brush. Conjunctivitis is a particularly common eye infection that is the perfect example of such infections.

As you continually use these brushes to apply makeup, an increasing amount of makeup is left behind, causing the bristles to harden. Unlike the soft bristles that you once had, the clumpy bristles can irritate and break the skin, which can cause spots to appear. Not only that, but free radicals can be swept from the brush and into your skin, which over time can cause elastin to break down and kick start the appearance of ageing.

How to clean makeup brushes and prevent bacteria growth

Begin by running your tap on warm-hot water and preparing some sheets of kitchen towel. One at a time, place your makeup brushes under the water and massage with your fingertips to soften and loosen any makeup residing there.

Add a foaming cleaning solution to the brush – baby shampoo is said to work extremely well – and work through the bristles to remove excess makeup. Rinse thoroughly and repeat the process until the water turns clear.

While many choose to then use an alcohol-based cleanser to spritz onto the brushes, our non-alcoholic sanitising spray is a fantastic non-toxic alternative that’s less harsh on the skin and that children are safe around, too. Spray enough of the sanitiser onto your makeup brushes so that they are damp and completely covered. Afterwards, set each of the brushes on its own sheet of kitchen towel and leave to dry thoroughly before using. You may wish to use some of our antibacterial wipes to thoroughly clean the brushes’ handles as well, to really make the most of your cleaning and infection control.

Try to clean your makeup brushes as often as possible, leaving them no longer than two weeks between washes. Through efficient cleaning, you may begin to see improvements to the condition of your skin, as well as reducing the chances of infection.

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