Herpes from lipstick? “Absolutely possible,” says top skin doctor

Harmful bacteria found on store makeup samples at Ulta, Sephora, and Macy’s

The price of beauty is too high, says one woman. She claims that a herpes infection is the price she paid for sampling lipstick at Sephora. Stock image, Pexels

(Jeff Rossen and Lindsey Bomnin, TODAY) A woman is suing Sephora, claiming she “got the herpes virus from sampling lipstick,” “without warning of the risk of getting herpes and other diseases” from trying on makeup samples at the store.

‘You can catch herpes from lipstick …’

“It’s absolutely possible,” Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist, told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen.

“You can catch the herpes simplex virus from an inanimate object such as lipstick.

“In fact, that virus can survive on the surface of a lipstick tube for up to a week.”

Bowe added that it’s not just herpes; makeup samples can make you sick any number of ways.

The Rossen Reports team went undercover at popular stores, collecting samples of makeup testers with sterile swabs, then sending them to a certified microbiology lab for testing. The results were revealing.

“It’s absolutely possible,” to get herpes from shared lipstick says dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. 

At all three stores the Rossen Reports team tested (Ulta, Sephora, and Macy’s in New York), some samples came back with harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, two types of bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract that are expelled with feces.

“You could literally be applying and smearing someone else’s fecal matter directly onto your lips,” Bowe said.

Macy’s declined to comment.

See the full story at Today.com. 

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