How I finally cleared my stubborn acne

How I finally cleared my stubborn acne

Alice purchased ISOCLEAN after a friend recommended the product – but after only a few days, she started to notice something more than clean, soft brushes.

We’re told that our skin troubles are due to ‘hormones’, or ‘it’s just your age’ but after suffering with acne for over seven years I felt I had tried every potion, tablet, cream, some which burnt my skin so badly and visited a number of doctors, but still my spots always came back.

My answer was to get out my makeup bag and conceal, which didn’t allow my skin to breath or clear up and made my spots look even worse. But I had no choice, I didn’t feel comfortable without makeup on.

So you can imagine my happiness when after using ISOCLEAN my makeup brushes were not only looking and feeling brand new and my makeup was going on beautifully, it was like I’d purchased a brand new set, but also I noticed that after a few days my spots weren’t as red and some had disappeared completely. I pondered over the new thing I was trying that week to help improve my skin and soon realised the only difference in my routine had been cleaning my makeup brushes with ISOCLEAN. I was amazed that a makeup brush cleaner could help my skin so much. I looked online and was horrified at the bacteria and infectious diseases that live on our makeup brushes!

What I realised is that I had been cleaning my face twice daily to remove spots causing bacteria only to reapply that same bacteria to my face with my dirty brushes!

Two weeks passed and my friends and family started commenting on how my skin was looking so much ‘clearer’ and ‘fresher’. Four weeks into my ISOCLEAN brush cleaner routine and my skin was probably 80% better than it has been for years. I even go to work some days with just a hint of blusher, my confidence has grown amazingly. And to think a months ago, I lent my contour brush to a girl sharing a mirror on a night out!

If you’re struggling with bad skin, could your makeup brushes could be the cause, you wouldn’t paint a wall with a dirty paint brush, so why would you paint your face with dirty brushes?

Thank you ISOCLEAN, you’ve changed my life by completely transforming my skin!

Now is a great time to clean your makeup brushes, and here’s why…

Now is a great time to clean your makeup brushes, and here’s why…

Did you know, your makeup brushes can harbour bacteria at any given time? As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people across the entire globe, and to help the prevention of the virus, we are being asked to stay home, socially distance, take better care of our hygiene and clean our personal belongings on a regular basis. But whilst this is becoming a daily routine for most, have you stopped to consider the impact this could be having on your makeup brushes?

Take the relevant precautions

Coronavirus can live on a multitude of surfaces, including beauty products and tools for several days. Studies suggest that the virus can live up to 4 hours on copper, up to three days on plastic and up to a day on cardboard. Most of our makeup brushes, cosmetic packaging and products are made up of those exact materials, and it’s safe to say that they are no exception to the risk of contamination at this current time. Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for germs, they can cause skin conditions and infection if they’re not taken care of correctly, which is why it is so important to ensure that you are taking the right steps to keep yourself hygienically safe during this crucial time.

There’s no time like the present

Makeup brushes should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis regardless of the current global climate, but right now, it is more important than ever to ensure that you are always staying hygienically aware. Try and use this time at home to take higher considerations and seize this opportunity to deep-clean your makeup brushes, after all, we take care of our skin with a daily regime, so why should we overlook the fact we could be re-introducing sinister germs to the skin every time we apply makeup.

Use this time to prosper and gain new cosmetic hygiene skills

Are you a makeup artist? Or just love to express yourself through the power of makeup? If so, why not use this time to pick up some new skills and learn the best possible practices for staying hygienic, both on yourself and with a client. Consider adapting your current habits and once the world is back to normality, you will be in a stronger position to provide your clients with the best service, accompanied by a broader knowledge of cosmetic hygiene. After all, practice makes perfect

The benefits of using ISOCLEAN

ISOCLEAN’s fast-drying formula gently and effectively cleanses make-up brushes within seconds, killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on contact. It strips brushes of product – dislodging even stubborn formulations such as lipstick and concealer, without causing damage. Anti-bacterial properties dissolve make-up and grime whilst the aloe vera ingredient conditions and softens bristles, leaving them soft to the touch.

ISOCLEAN is an alcohol-based solution, Propan-2-Ol, it’s cosmetic grade, so it is kinder and safer on the skin compared to industrial, non-cosmetic alcohols. You can use ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner to sanitise your work surfaces, palettes, brush handles, and containers. Take a look at our full product list here

The Importance of Brush Cleansing

The Importance of Brush Cleansing

As every make-up artist or make-up enthusiast knows, your make-up brushes are the most important items in your cosmetic kit and are essential for the accurate application of your products.

As such, your brushes are an investment so it is vital that they are cared for in order to prolong their longevity and keep the bristles in shape to facilitate precise, flawless coverage.

Dirty make-up brushes sabotage your ability to apply make-up with precision and reduce brush efficacy, due a build-up of product, oil and dead skin cells. An accumulation of this unwanted matter means your tools will not perform at their best and you may struggle to achieve a neat, blended finish. Product build-up will also cause the bristles to become rough and blunt, potentially feeling ‘scratchy’ on your clients’ skin, resulting in irritation and sensitivity.

However, that’s not the only negative!

Make-up brushes do not only accumulate pigment liquids, powders, oil and dead skin, they can become laden with dust and dirt and are a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. This dirt and grime is then transferred onto the skin, wreaking bacterial havoc and compromising skin health.
Dirty brushes can also expose the skin to oxidative stress from free radicals, causing a breakdown of collagen and elastin, resulting in premature ageing.

Make-up brushes should therefore be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected on a regular basis.

To ensure free radicals and acne and infection-causing germs are not compromising the complexion the importance of thorough, effective cleansing and disinfection of brushes cannot be overstated.

Skin Conditions & Infections

Bacterial and viral activity can result in skin infections and conditions such as boils, conjunctivitis, cellulitis, impetigo, acne, congestion, rosacea, herpes and staph infections. In shared professional make-up kits these are potentially passed from client to client!

Contaminated tools not only spread microbes across the skin but, in turn they transfer bacteria onto make-up products – so, again, potentially, onto clients or back onto your own skin in a vicious circle of infection risk.

In a published study (1) 95% of products in shared beauty kits were found to be contaminated with bacteria (compared to a still very unappealing 63% of individual cosmetics).

Conditions like cold sores are often underestimated and dangerous strains of bacteria such as staphylococcus and the herpes simplex virus can actually be a serious risk to overall health, particularly in people who have an already weakened immune system.

As such, keeping your make-up tools clean and following safe, hygienic practices can safeguard against the contagious viruses and bacteria that can potentially be spread by make-up and brushes.

For example:

  • Cold Sores / Herpes Simplex/ HSV-1
    Cold sores are small, blister-like lesions that usually appear around the mouth. In most cases these are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus with Type 1 (HSV-1) being the strain that causes them around the mouth. HSV-1 is a persistent and problematic pathogen. Typically, it infects through oral secretions (eg. kissing, contaminated toothbrush or lip-brush) or through openings in the skin. It is therefore relatively easy for the virus to find a point of entry into the body. For those who carry the virus, it lodges at the root of the facial nerve and will manifest itself at times of low health, trauma or sun exposure. In healthy people, this may result in visible cold sores or fever blisters. However, in those with compromised immune systems, (eg, babies or those suffering illness) HSV-1 can pose more serious and chronic health problems. For example, it can spread to organs such as the brain, lungs and liver, where the infection may become life-threatening. Some patients, such as those with atopic dermatitis (a common form of eczema that accounts for roughly 20 percent of all dermatologic referrals) are especially vulnerable to serious complications stemming from an HSV-1 infection. The virus can be difficult to treat and eradicate in such circumstances.
  • Staphylococcus Epidermis
    Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of the most common forms of bacteria. It has been found on lipsticks, eyeshadows and eyeliners during laboratory testing. While this bacteria is found naturally on human skin, it can lead to infection in those with a compromised immune system (eg. the elderly or those suffering chronic illness). Some strains of this bacteria are resistant to antibiotic treatment and can severely affect the intestines if left untreated.
  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacteria often found in soil and water. It has been known to be found on mascara wands which could potentially nick the eye or penetrate into the soft tissues or mucous membranes of the eye. It is associated with inflammation, rash and in severe cases, sepsis; a very serious infection that can cause organ failure.
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
    One of the most serious forms of bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can lurk on old make-up and cause infection. It is considered very dangerous because the infection can be easily spread can be resistant to antibiotic treatment. When applying makeup that is contaminated with MRSA, the infection can enter a pimple, open cut or the mucous membranes of the eye and nose. Australian model, Anthea Page, took to Instagram to report how she had contracted a highly contagious strain of staphylococcus aureus, after having make-up applied for a fashion show for Sydney Fashion Weekend. Anthea was forced to cancel all her bookings for the month ahead and chose to speak out about how unhygienic the fashion industry can be. ‘It doesn’t happen at every fashion show… but I have seen unhygienic things happen at a fair few and there is always backstage chat about it. The responsibility lies with the artist to make sure their brushes are clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria for the next person.’ (
  • Conjunctivitis
    Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva or membrane inside the eyelid and covering the cornea. More commonly known as pink eye, this condition causes the small blood vessels in the membrane to enlarge. This causes the distinctive pink or red cast that gives this condition its name. Although this condition can be caused by by allergies, or physical and chemical irritation, it can also be caused by contaminated cosmetics if bacteria or viral spores come in contact with the membrane inside the eyelid.
  • Keratitis
    Keratitis is an infection of the cornea (the centre portion of the eye that surrounds the pupil). It occurs when bacteria come in contact with the cornea, often when bacteria contaminate contact lenses. If contact lenses, fingers or the skin around the eye are in contact with contaminated makeup, the bacteria may contaminate one or both lenses allowing the bacteria to attack the cornea, causing eye drainage, decreased vision, puffy eyelids and light sensitivity.
  • Stye
    A stye is an infection in the hair follicle of an eyelash. A small papule forms and the stye may become itchy, increasing irritation and the spread of infection. Usually, styes form as the result of trapped oil, but infection can also cause a stye whereby glands trap bacteria from contaminated cosmetic products.
  • Blepharitis
    Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelid, can occur as an allergy or as the result of a bacterial infection. If staphylococcus bacteria contaminate a cosmetic product, use of the product transfers the bacteria to the eye and increases the risk of blepharitis. Blepharitis causes light sensitivity, blurred vision, eye discharge, pain and redness of the eye. If the bacteria enter the meiobian glands, recurrent conjunctivitis may also occur.


It can be challenging to sterilise brushes effectively and to have them pristine, dry and ready for the next make-up application. General cleansing, wiping brushes with a tissue or wipe or spritzing may well eliminate product but these options are not necessarily anti-bacterial.

ISOCLEAN’s fast-drying formula gently and effectively cleanses make-up brushes within seconds, killing 99.9% of bacteria on contact. It strips brushes of product – dislodging even stubborn formulations such as lipstick and concealer, without causing damage. Anti-bacterial properties dissolve make-up and grime whilst aloe vera conditions and softens bristles, leaving them soft to the touch.


Quick and easy to use
Fast drying formula
Kills 99.9% of bacteria on contact
Dislodges even stubborn formulations such as lipstick and concealer
Promotes skin health
Prevents skin infections, breakouts & congestion
Prolongs the life of your brushes
Conditions and softens bristles
Facilitates smooth, precise brush coverage

Cleaner makeup brushes for healthier skin

Beautiful make-up starts with beautiful skin! Don’t compromise a healthy complexion or that perfect make-up look with unsanitary tools and practises.

ISOCLEAN is quick and easy to use; fast-drying, cleansing make-up brushes within seconds. Keep your brushes clean. And for the ultimate in hygiene and protection – KEEP THEM ISOCLEAN