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What's hiding in your makeup bag: How using dirty tools affects your complexion

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Repeatedly using dirty makeup brushes could have a negative impact on your skin.

I met with Dermatologist Dr. Adam Sills of Sills Dermatology to find out how.

“When you’re using a brush on your face, you’re removing dead skin cells, it’s collecting oils, your skin is covered in bacteria like staph and that stuff stays on the brush” Sills said. “Makeup gives it a place for the bacteria to hide and reproduce so when you don’t clean your brush and you re-apply, you’re basically putting that stuff back on your skin even if you’ve just washed your face. You’re potentially clogging your pores, putting the acne bacteria back on or the staph back on.”

When selecting a base, some people may go for a powder formulation thinking it’s better for their skin instead of a liquid formulation but Dr. Sills said that may not always be the case.

“I see a lot of people who are allergic to the preservatives,” Sills said. “The more preservatives something has, the more problematic it could be for them.”

It’ also important to make sure to properly remove makeup at the end of each day.

Dr. Sills said not properly removing makeup can lead to clogged pores, an increased chance of getting acne and a bad complexion.

He suggested washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and using a mild toner to balance the pH of the skin, which he also says can serve as a smooth base for foundation.

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