It’s happened. You wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and bam—you have a pimple. Pimples, or acne, are unwanted skin conditions that can ruin your day. Acne is ugly. It’s hard to cover up and makes you feel very self-conscious.

Acne occurs when your pores get clogged. Pimples can come in 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.

Are Your Makeup Brushes Causing Acne?
Are Your Makeup Brushes Causing Acne?

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 collects 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 clean your brushes. There are plenty of brush cleaners available. Some cleaners are like a brush shampoo, while others are 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.

Makeup Brushes
 Makeup Brushes

It’s crucial to rinse your brushes with warm water at least once a week to maintain them clean. Dirt and germs will be removed from the bristles due to this. It would help if you also used a brush cleaner at least once a month to really ensure your brush is clean.

It is critical to examine your brush thoroughly. It’s possible that it contaminated your makeup if it appeared to be filthy. If this is the case, no matter how clean your makeup brush is, it will continue to cause acne on your skin. If you believe your makeup has been contaminated, it is best to throw out both the brush and the makeup and replace them with new items.

You should also make sure that your makeup case and bathroom counter are kept clean. If you clean your brush thoroughly and then place it back into a dirty case or onto a dirty countertop, 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 countertops 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 have 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. There may be another underlying culprit if you continue to get acne even after keeping your brushes clean.

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