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Bacteria, Fungi In Old Makeup May Cause Eye, Skin Infections.

MSNBC (3/14, Dahl) reported that for “many women who cling to their makeup, it’s hard to toss it before reaching the bottom of the container,” particularly when some makeup products are on the pricey side. But not doing so just makes it easier “for bacteria or fungi to get into your makeup, potentially causing eye or skin infections, health experts warn.” For example, “Dr. Andrea Thau, a New York optometrist and a spokesperson for the American Optometric Association, says she treats one or two women each month for cosmetic-related infections.” The Food and Drug Administration points out that eye makeup should be replaced about every three months, particularly creams and liquids.