Why You Should Always Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Why You Should Always Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Published by Jil Goorman on Aug 13th 2021

Makeup and skincare don’t always go hand-in-hand. Blemishes persuade us to wear heavier makeup, causing our pores to clog and creating even more acne. This vicious cycle is frustrating to break, but most people don’t realize that their makeup is only part of the problem. In reality, our makeup brushes can do more harm to our skin than we realize. To learn more about why you should always clean your makeup brushes, continue reading the article below.

Bacteria Build-up

Although it’s not visible to the naked eye, your makeup brushes have tons of bacteria. Whenever you use a makeup brush daily or weekly without washing it afterward, the bristles in these brushes inevitably pick up dirt and bacteria over time. The longer you wait to clean your brushes, the more accumulated dirt and bacteria you’re transferring onto your skin.

Irritated Skin

When you don’t clean your makeup brushes regularly, the texture of these bristles begins to change. Since there is such a large collection of dust, dirt, bacteria, and dried makeup between each bristle, your brushes will become stiffer over time.

This change in texture creates problems for your skin because not only are you transferring bacteria, but you’re also roughly rubbing it onto your skin. As a result, the coarseness of your makeup brushes can create red spots and irritation marks.

Clogged Pores

Even if you wash your makeup brushes every once in a while to prevent bacteria buildup, they can still negatively affect your skin. Your makeup brushes can also accumulate dead skin and oil from your face from externally collected bacteria and dirt.

It’s crucial to wash your makeup brushes daily to cleanse these oils and skin cells from your brushes before reapplying them to your face. Oil and dead skin cells are common causes of clogged pores, which can create blackheads and pimples. Regularly cleaning your brushes will clear out these oils and help prevent painfully clogged pores.

Uneven Makeup

Using dirty brushes on your skin has a lot of downsides, but it also affects your makeup. The stiffer texture of your brushes will directly affect how your makeup sits on your skin. As a result, even high-quality products and formulas will not blend evenly.

Don’t make the mistake of using a dirty makeup brush on your face. Instead, review our reasons why you should always clean your makeup brushes and remember to create a consistent brush cleaning schedule. To learn more about  acne-safe skincare or browse through acne-safe makeup, explore Jil Goorman Beauty.