Joel Schlessinger MD warns about the dangers of contamination at the makeup counter

Joel Schlessinger MD warns about the dangers of contamination at the makeup counter

Many people are unaware of the dangers at the makeup counter, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD.

Department stores, malls and markets are littered with makeup display counters that offer free samples and testers for consumers. While these counters conveniently allow individuals to test products before they purchase, they can also be home to germs and contaminants that are dangerous to consumers.

In a recent article on Fox News Magazine, Joel Schlessinger MD and other experts warn about the dangers that may be lurking at these counters.

Being aware of the dangers at the beauty counter can help you protect yourself, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Most makeup counters offer free samples of everything from lipsticks to face creams that are exposed to hundreds of customers every day. Consumers are also at risk from using makeup brushes, applicators and other utensils that have been handled by other customers without being properly cleaned.

“There are several dangers that come to mind when using samples, but the biggest is contamination,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “Large displays can and will run the risk of people handling samples and leaving behind germs, which can easily be transmitted to others.”

Understanding these risks and taking precautions can help you protect yourself against these germs.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends taking these steps to prevent the spread of germs.

When trying samples from a store or beauty counter, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using samples found in individual packets whenever possible. He also recommends testing products on the backs of hands rather than directly on the face, lips or eyes and washing them off as soon as possible. Before a sales associate or makeup artist uses a brush or applicator on you, be sure that the utensil has been properly cleaned and sanitized.

Questions or comments for Joel Schlessinger MD? Let him know below!

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About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on June 6, 2013, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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