Makeup is an item that no one likes to waste, which means almost everyone tries to use every last drop they can get out of their products. But what most people don’t know is that makeup and cosmetic products can expire. When? How can you tell? DSCI Dermatology can show where to check and how to know if your product is expired. 

How to Check Makeup Expiration Dates?

Makeup products have an expiration date or Period After Opening (PAO) symbol that are guidelines for when the product is first opened. The PAO symbol looks like a small jar with its lid off with a number on it, followed by the letter 'M.' This designates how many months a product will last once opened. If stored in a cool, dry place, most unopened makeup can last 2 to 3 years. Naturally, creamier products that have more oils and butter in them can go bad. If it is a more natural formula with preservatives, even strong ones, it can also go bad. The key point is to never keep a makeup product longer than a maximum of three years. Refreshing your products before three years is always a good idea.   

Products and their expirations:

  • Lipstick: 18-24 months
  • Lip Gloss: 12-18 months
  • Foundation and Concealer: 12-18 months
  • Mascara: 3-6 months
  • Liquid Eyeliner: 3-6 months
  • Cream Products: 12-18 months
  • Powder Products: 12-18 months 

What Happens if Expired Makeup Is Used

Using makeup close to its expiration date or even a little after might still be okay, depending on the product. Ways to tell if your product is expired are if the color pigment isn’t as vibrant or if powders are too packed down and hard to use.  

Signs of Expired Makeup:

  • If the product smells “off,” toss it!
  • If you notice a difference in the color pigment, it's probably best to get a new one.
  • Check the texture. If it feels different than before or if it feels odd on your face, throw it away.  
  Expired makeup can also be home to bacteria. This is not something you want near your lips, on your face, near your eyes or any other sensitive area.   

Expired makeup can cause:

  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Staph and Eye Infections
  • Sties

Contact Us

If you find that your skin is having a reaction to expired makeup or even a new product, our South Florida Dermatology office, led by Dr. Mounir Wassef, can help you. Contact one of our locations today!   

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