The Doctors discuss the case of a woman who claims she contracted herpes from a tester lipstick at a popular cosmetic store. Could this happen to you?
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra shares that the World Health Organization reports that 67 percent of the entire world population has been infected or exposed to the herpes simplex virus. She notes that not everyone who has been exposed to the virus will manifest a cold sore. She explains that the virus is transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and it is believed that when your immune system is taxed, a cold sore will appear in a small percentage of people.
The Doctors say that proving someone contracted the virus at the makeup counter might be difficult, but they share tips on how to possibly protect yourself when sharing makeup.
One option is placing the lipstick in alcohol for 15 to 30 seconds that should theoretically kill bacteria and viruses. They also say if each customer were to use a disposable applicator to test the product, this would cut down on the risk of infection while at the makeup counter.