A dirty makeup brush isn’t just gross—it’s bad for your health, too.

By Colleen Sullivan
June 05, 2017

When was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Exactly! “Dirty bristles attract dust, dirt, and sebum, which can transfer from your brush onto your skin leading to breakouts,” says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, an associate clinical professor at the department of dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. “Plus, bacteria including staph and E. coli, along with viruses like the cold sore virus, can live on bristles for a long time.” Dirty bristles can also make it difficult to blend makeup, leaving you with an uneven, patchy application, while abrasive, dried-up makeup left on the bristles can cause scratching and skin irritation. Enough said? It’s time to brush up on the best ways to keep your bristles clean. 

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