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J Microsc Ultrastruct. 2019 Oct-Dec;7(4):194-197. doi: 10.4103/JMAU.JMAU_14_19. Epub 2019 Nov 18.

Lipsticks: The Microbial Cellar: An Original Study.

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Department of Oral Pathology, Malabar Dental College and Research Centre, Edappal, Kerala, India.



Microbial contamination of cosmetics products is of incredible significance since it will not only cause significant health hazardous but also act as a potential source of infections. Contamination will cause spoilage of the item and when pathogenic they become a genuine threat for its users.


To evaluate the bacterial contamination in regularly used lipsticks.


To identify the pathogenic organism present in the lipsticks. To understand the potential complications of the organisms identified. Comparing the microbial count in used and new lipsticks.


Lipsticks; Mueller-Hinton agar; Staphylococcus aureus; Staphylococcus epidermidis; Staphylococcus saprophyticus

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