It’s happened. You wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and bam—you have a pimple. Pimples, or acne, are an unwanted skin condition that can ruin your day. Acne is ugly, it’s hard to cover up and it makes you feel very self-conscious.
Acne occurs when your pores get clogged. Pimples can come in the form of blackheads, whiteheads or be red and inflamed.
When you notice acne appearing, you start to think of everything that could be causing it. Was it something you ate? Was it a product you used? Is it stress related? Is it the result of a new medication? So many ideas pop into your head, but chances are, you are overlooking the most obvious culprit—your makeup brushes.
Your makeup brushes can harbor an array of bacteria that can be causing acne on your face. Think about it. You use your makeup brush every day. It touches makeup, it touches your makeup bag, and it touches your bathroom counter. All of these places contain bacteria, and each time your brush touches one of these areas, it is collecting more and more bacteria. This bacteria is then transferred from your brush onto your face.
One way to reduce the risk of getting acne from your makeup brush is to keep your brushes clean. There are plenty of brush cleaners available. Some cleaners are like a brush shampoo while others are an anti-bacterial spray. If you have sensitive skin, you should keep in mind that some of these products may contain ingredients that will irritate your skin.
To help keep your brushes clean, it is important to rinse them with warm water at least once a week. This will help remove dirt and bacteria from the bristles. You should also use a brush cleaner at least once a month to really ensure your brush is clean.
It is important to take a good, hard look at your brush. If it seems extremely dirty, it may have contaminated your makeup. If this is the case, simply using your makeup will keep causing acne on your skin, no matter how clean the brush is. If you believe your makeup has been contaminated, it is best to throw out both the brush and the makeup and replace with new items.
You should also make sure that your makeup case and bathroom counter are also kept clean. If you clean your brush thoroughly, and then place it back in to a dirty case or onto a dirty counter top, you have defeated the purpose of cleaning it. If your makeup case is plastic, clean it out with a disinfecting agent. If it is made of cloth, give it a high-temp cleaning in your washing machine. And make sure to clean your bathroom counter tops thoroughly at least once a week (if not more).
On average, most makeup brushes can last a few good years if kept properly. Once the bristles haves started to fray, it is time to replace your brush with a new one.
If you do get acne, the good news is that it is usually treatable. Sometimes keeping your face clean with soap and water will do the trick. Other times, you may need to use a medication. Keeping your makeup brushes clean will help reduce the risk of acne. If you continue to get acne even after keeping your brushes clean, there may be another underlying culprit.