What's Living in Your Makeup Bag?

Take a look inside your makeup bag and you'll likely see your favorite lip gloss, maybe a well-used mascara, and a few battered compacts. But what you don't see is the real problem. Microorganisms can colonize your cosmetics, creating unhealthy conditions that can make you sick and wreck your skin.

Among the most common bad guys found in makeup are Staphylococcus epidermidis (which causes staph infection), the cold-sore-causing strain of herpes, and mold. Before you consider adding Lysol to your makeup routine, check out these easy guidelines from Dr. Jessica Wu, a Los Angeles dermatologist, and Dr. Alfredo Torres, an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch and an expert on infectious diseases, to keep your makeup clean and your health in the clear.

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