Can your makeup brushes make you break out? Dirty Brushes Aggravate Acne
To recap: Dust, dirt, allergens, toilet germs, bacteria, product buildup, oil, dead skin cells, and more all accumulate on your makeup brushes.
What happens if you use dirty makeup brushes? You could get a staph infection.
“Through daily use, makeup brushes can accumulate dead skin cells, dirt, oil, pollution, and bacteria,” says Dr. Debbie Palmer, dermatologist and co-founder of Dermatology Associates of New York.
Can dirty makeup brushes cause dermatitis? “Buildup of dirt and oils on your makeup brushes can cause acne breakouts and possibly rashes called dermatitis,” warns Cristina Monaco, Certified Physician Assistant of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York.
How often should you wash your makeup brushes to avoid breakouts? There’s no one answer for when exactly you must clean makeup brushes, but makeup artists and dermatologists generally agree that the answer is: Often. “I recommend washing makeup brushes at least every two weeks or more if you start to see that there is any makeup visible on the brush,” says Dr. Ciraldo.