Health Tips - Skin Product Contamination

Skin Product Contamination

Many skin conditions, such as rashes or acne, can be the result of germs, or worsened by germs. When there are skin issues, it is helpful to reduce the stress on skin by keeping the products used on it pure. This applies to anything put on the skin — lotions, creams, makeup, and even skin-therapy products.

How do skin products get germs in them? Anything that contacts troubled skin and then touches the products afterward, contaminates the product. When someone dabs cream on their skin with a finger or brush and then touches the product to get more, that spreads germs from the skin into the container. It can be difficult to heal the skin after that, as the products may continually reinfect the skin.

I have seen resistant acne clear up nicely once the following steps were done.


  1. If you have any skin problems at all, throw out your skin products as they are likely to be already contaminated. Start over with new fresh products.
  2. If possible, put skin products on at home, where you can have better control over them.
  3. Buy many brushes or applicators to put products on your skin.
  4. Buy an inexpensive Vodka alcohol at Costco to use as a disinfectant for brushes, etc. Read in the Propyl Alcohol health tip why you should not use propyl alcohol. Keep a glass with an inch of the Vodka alcohol in your bathroom to use.
  5. Wash your hands before touching your skin. Only touch your skin products with clean hands.
  6. Put a dab of the product on the palm of one of your hands or a paper towel. Use different fingers or a brush to draw up the product from your hand or towel to put on your skin. Think of yourself as a painter who squeezes paint from a tube onto a palette and then picks up the paint with a brush. The paint tube itself is not touched with a brush.
  7. When you are done with each product, wash your hands or clean the cosmetic brush by swishing it around in the alcohol, then letting it dry on a paper towel. Do not let it soak for more than a minute or so, as that could dry out the brush. Thick brushes may take more than a day to dry, which is why you want to own more than one of each kind.
  8. Do not keep cosmetic brushes loose in a purse or cosmetic bag, as they collect dirt that would end up on your skin. You could put a new paper towel in your cosmetic bag to securely wrap your brushes in after being used. This reduces the contamination of your bag. When you get home, the paper towel has to get changed and the brushes cleaned in alcohol.
  9. Do not ever use someone else’s makeup or products. Bring your own products if they are needed for any event.

For your lovely skin!

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Dr. Pepi


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