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Is Your Makeup Contaminated With Superbugs?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • An analysis of 467 donated, used makeup products showed that up to 90% were contaminated with bacteria, some of which were associated with fecal contamination
  • The worst offenders were contoured blending sponges; researchers found 93% had never been cleaned and two-thirds had been dropped on the floor
  • Personal care and cosmetic products may also be manufactured with toxic chemicals the European Union regulates, but the U.S. does not
  • You may reduce your potential contamination by routinely cleaning applicators, ensuring they are dry before storage, throwing out mascara and eyeliner after three months and storing your cosmetics outside the bathroom

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published their first Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report in 2013 with the intention of sounding the alarm to the dangers of antibiotic resistance. Experts have been warning about the advent of superbugs for decades, which is the term coined by the media for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The resistance happens when bacteria begin to adapt to the chemicals and drugs in the environment making treatment less effective. When bacteria become resistant, treatment is ineffective. In the first CDC report it was estimated 2 million antibiotic-resistant infections in 2013 were responsible for 23,000 deaths.

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