Deadly Bacteria On Old Makeup
Published: September 21, 2015
Deadly Bacteria On Old Makeup, Shock lab tests reveal out-of-date cosmetics are a fertile breeding ground for bacteria which cause a wide range of deadly illnesses.
One of the bugs – enterococcus faecalis – is a main cause of meningitis, which kills more children under five than any other infectious disease in Britain.
Health experts are now warning people to throw away all cosmetics that have passed their sell-by date after the shock results were unearthed by scientists at London Metropolitan University.
The deadly bacteria they found lurking in cosmetics can be linked to a series of health issues from lethal infections and gastroenteritis to acne and respiratory problems.
Microbiologist Paul Matewele said: “All the old make-up products of foundation, lip gloss and lipstick tested positive for Enterococcus faecalis under strict laboratory tests.
“Enterococcus faecalis, is the potentially deadly strain of bacteria which causes meningitis and Septicaemia and is one of the biggest killers for newborn babies.”
The groundbreaking study involved laboratory tests on five beauty products sent in by women and beauty bloggers from around the country.
All five products tested – one of which was still in date – contained unsafe levels of potentially lethal bacteria.
Four of them – a blusher, foundation, lipstick and in-date lip gloss – tested positive for enterococcus faecalis.
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