How to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes to Prevent Acne

Getting rid of bacteria is your first line of defense when it comes to preventing acne and the firstplace you should look is your makeup bag. Brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, so before you slap on that concealer, make sure the brush you’re using isn’t what’s causing your breakouts to begin with it. Here’s a fool proof method for getting brushes clean while protecting the integrity of the bristles.

Step 1


Although antibacterial soaps and detergents can be too harsh for your skin, when it comes to makeup brushes, it’s worth really eliminating the bacteria. You should never use hot water to disinfect makeup brushes as higher temperatures can damage the tool. First, moisten the bristles under lukewarm water, then gently swirl them on an antibacterial soap bar or massage them with liquid soap. Build a good lather to loosen all the makeup and oil stuck inside the bristles. Rinse thoroughly.

Step 2


Next, use a mild shampoo like Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to condition the bristles and remove any lingering makeup and bacteria. You can add a few drops of antiseptic tea tree oil to the shampoo to introduce another layer of bacterial protection. Swirl the brush gently in the shampoo, and massage the cleanser up into the base of the bristles.

Step 3


Rinse the brush thoroughly in lukewarm water until the water runs clear. If your brushes are extra dirty, you may have to shampoo them again until the water runs completely clear.

Step 4


Gently squeeze remaining moisture from bristles with a paper towel and then lay your brush flatto dry. It’s important to always dry your brushes flat. Do not stand them up in a cup until they are bone dry. Moisture can travel down to the base of the bristles and become trapped in the wood handle, leading to mold and bacterial growth. Moisture in the base of the brush can also cause the bristles to loosen from the handle, ruining your brush.


Did you know you can use brushes to apply your skincare products as well? This prevents you from dunking your fingers into your products and contaminating them with bacteria. Check out our selection of body brushes and facial brushes to use with your serums and peels.


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