With Christmas around the corner, that means holiday gatherings are approaching fast, so you may be looking for that perfect shade of red lipstick.
There’s a new warning going around however – sampling makeup at the store can lead to contracting herpes.
The herpes simplex virus is categorized as HSV-1 and HSV-2. According to the World Health Organization, HSV-1 typically spreads orally. Approximately 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 have the highly contagious, lifelong HSV-1 infection.
Painful sores in or around the mouth frequently appear. Those appearing on the face are commonly known as cold sores. But even when no symptoms are present, HSV-1 can be transmitted.
And herpes isn’t the only thing to worry about when sampling makeup – countless other infectious organisms are spread through saliva and open mouth sores, including influenza, strep and the common cold, to name a few.
So what’s the best way to avoid getting sick from makeup samples?
“Avoid sampling makeup altogether,” says Dr. Bulj.