Can herpes attack from a lipstick? A woman denounces Sephora for contracting the virus in one of her stores

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A Californian woman denounced the well-known cosmetics chain Sephora claiming that she contracted the herpes simplex virus from a test lipstick and therefore commonly used in one of its stores.

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A Californian woman denounced the well-known cosmetics chain Sephora claiming to have contracted the virus ofHerpes simplex from a test lipstick and therefore in common use in one of its shops.





The woman believes she was infected with the virus on her lips in October 2015 in a Sephora store in Hollywood where she used a lipstick on display, therefore open just so that customers could try it. Subsequently, the consumer had seen on her lips the typical symptoms of cold sores that she had never had before her.

The woman dragged the shop to court because she said it clearly warned customers that using test lipsticks could lead to herpes or other diseases. The complaint against Sephora is also based on the fact that the condition creates emotional distress as it will remain incurable for life (in fact we know that once contracted, herpes can never be completely eradicated and although it is often silent there are periods in which it reactivates creating problems).

To those who asked him for a comment on the matter, Sephora has very diplomatically reported:

“While it is our policy not to comment on the dispute, the health and safety of customers is our top priority. We take product hygiene very seriously and are dedicated to following best practices in our stores ”.

Is it really possible to get herpes from lipstick?

According to Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, it is indeed possible even though the eventuality is very rare. To transmit the virus, in fact, it is necessary for a person with herpes to use lipstick and immediately another client takes the same product and passes it on the lips.

In this case, the specialist is convinced that the woman has actually contracted cold sores before coming into contact with the lipstick. In fact, the virus is often already present, it is a very common infection and there are many cases in which people can have the disease without showing any symptoms for years.



Recall that cold sores spread through saliva and skin contact. According to the World Health Organization around the world about 67% of people under the age of 50 have this more or less silent virus in their body.

On cold sores, you may also be interested in:

  • HERPES LABIALE: HOW TO PREVENT IT IN ESTATE
  • LABIAL HERPES: A VEGETABLE GEL TO FIGHT IT

It would be good, however, when we have to try a lipstick, do it on the skin of the hands or clean the tester first by eliminating the last part of the product or the one that has been potentially in contact with other lips.



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