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Your Makeup Brushes Are Infested With Bacteria

Bacteria can be found in the most unexpected places. Their microscopic nature makes it impossible to spot them with the naked eye so the best thing to do is to always make sure that everything we use is clean. This is especially important when it comes to makeup applicators like brushes and sponges.

If you haven't washed your brushes in a while, you'll want to do it after seeing these images shared by Imgur user jkdpaddle9288. Taken with a Mpow Macro Lens on the iPhone 6, the pictures show a close up of makeup brushes after a few weeks of use. GROSS!

Powder brush after 3 weeks of use

A 2013 study by the Loyola Marymount University in California concluded that bacteria build up on brushes can happen within days of use and the horrifying thing is that the amount of bacteria present on the brushes are comparable to other unclean surfaces like door handles. Unclean brushes can lead to acne breakouts and more serious skin conditions.

Foundation brush after 5 days of use since cleaning

After a month of testing, scientists found that the amount of bacteria on the unwashed brushes was so high it could no longer be measured.

Eyeshadow brush after 4 days of use

The alarming increase in bacteria could be due to the liquid and gel makeup products on the brush creating a damp environment for bacteria to grow. The solution? Clean your brushes at least once a week. You can purchase a cleaner like the Daily Brush Cleanser from Sephora or you can DIY with shampoo and water. This tutorial from Good Housekeeping will show you exactly how  to properly clean your brushes.

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[Source: The Derma Institute]

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