Warning: This common practice can cause herpes
With holiday gatherings quickly approaching, you may be looking for that perfect shade of red lipstick.
But be warned – sampling makeup at the store can lead to contracting herpes.
The herpes simplex virus is categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. According to the World Health Organization, HSV-1 typically spreads orally. Approximately 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 have the highly contagious, lifelong HSV-1 infection.
Painful sores in or around the mouth frequently appear. Those appearing on the face are commonly known as cold sores. But even when no symptoms are present, HSV-1 can be transmitted.
And herpes isn’t the only thing to worry about when sampling makeup – countless other infectious organisms are spread through saliva and open mouth sores, including influenza, strep and the common cold, to name a few.
So what’s the best way to avoid getting sick from makeup samples?
“Avoid sampling makeup altogether,” says Dr. Bulj.
About the Author
Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks and playing with her cats.