Is COVID spread through cosmetics?


That the coronavirus sticks to makeup is one of the hoaxes that should be denied

There are many hoaxes that have run on WhatsApp since the confinement began. Many of them are directly absurd but others come from misinterpreting messages that are generated to communicate between health workers, who know how to read between the lines.

A good example of this is the fear aroused by a video recorded by a doctor who, probably addressing her fellow nurses and assistants, recommended that they not wear makeup.

He argued that the face is a surface where some virus droplets can fall from the mouth or nose, which can then go to the eyes, nose, or mouth after touching the face.

The message wanted to say that, since hand hygiene is non-negotiable at the moment (much more so for those in contact with infected people), the face must also remain clean.

“If you wear makeup, this complicates cleaning, if you have to do it several times a day or every time you take off or put on your PPE ”.

This message, which was aimed at very specific people, went viral on WhatsApp and led to a hasty and false conclusion. It began to be said that the coronavirus was spread through makeup. Well, yes and no. It is true that it can be spread if an infected person shares a mask, lipstick, or an eye pencil or brush. But not because of the virus sticks, but because it travels from one face to another. And not to the skin, but to the mucous membranes.

Does the coronavirus stick to makeup?

On the other hand, that the coronavirus spread more in people who wear makeup is radically false.

Dr. Ana Molina, a dermatologist at the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz helps us to understand:

“There is no scientific evidence that says that the virus sticks more to the skin from the use of cosmetic products, whether they are creams, makeup, or nail polish.

Viruses outside our body do not reproduce, nor do they feed on creams.

It is true that healthcare personnel are not recommended to wear makeup so as not to interfere with facial cleansing and the use of PPE, but people at home can continue to use it.

What’s more, wearing makeup can even help us touch our faces less.

What is important is to maintain good hygiene of makeup brushes, apply it with clean hands, use airless containers better than open jars, etc ”.


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