Skin Care Awareness Month: Are Your Beauty Products Expired?

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Taking care of your skin is primarily about learning how different things can affect it. Beauty products like makeup are popular ways to emphasize your features or conceal certain blemishes, but do you know how they affect your skin?

Thankfully, because of high industry safety standards makeup produces are rarely harmful for most consumers. However, expired beauty products can be harmful to your skin to the point where dermatitis treatment or other interventions are necessary.

Here's everything you need to know about beauty product expiration and how it affects your skin.

Why Do Beauty Products Expire?

Beauty products expire because of the organic ingredients inside of them. Organic ingredients will rot and decay, similar to food from the grocery store. Plus, with regular use, bacteria may begin to grow and break down ingredients in your beauty products. This bacteria is what is harmful to your skin. The older the beauty products, the more bacteria they could contain.

Expired beauty products are one of the main causes of perioral dermatitis. Perioral dermatitis causes redness, rashes, flaky skin, burning skin, and an acne-like appearance. Expired beauty products can carry harmful toxins that can cause more than just perioral dermatitis.

When Do My Beauty Products Expire?

Beauty products consist of a large number of ingredients that change depending on the brand or product. This can make it difficult to know when your beauty products expire. Beauty products with more organic ingredients and less preservatives may not last as long. Your product may have an expiration date on the container. However, if your beauty product doesn’t have a listed expiration date, you can follow the general best practices for determining the safety of these products.

In general, you should replace your beauty products:

  • Powder products: after 12 to 18 months
  • Foundation or concealer: after 12 months
  • Mascara: after 6 months
  • Eyeliner: after 3 to 6 months
  • Lip gloss: after 12 to 18 months
  • Cream products: after 6 to 12 months
  • Lipstick: after 8 to 12 months

While this list doesn’t contain all the types of beauty products, it should help you gauge the expiration of your products.

Seeking Treatment for Skin Issues

Whether you fell asleep with makeup on, accidentally used expired beauty products, or forgot to replace a makeup brush, it’s easy to expose your skin to issues related to beauty products. That’s why the team at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center provides comprehensive skincare solutions to get your skin back on track.

The Dermatology Treatment and Research Center uses the latest technology in dermatologic care and provides expertise for every treatment. If you’re seeking treatment for skin issues, schedule an appointment by contacting 972-661-2729 today.