Health risks of dumpster diving for make-up

Tia Ewing investigates trend of dumpster diving for make-up
Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2016 at 10:05 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Dumpster diving for free make-up products has become that the latest money saving trend.

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Dumpster diving for beauty supplies is a climbing trend in cities across the country, with cosmetic store make-up thrown out in the trash turned into treasures for some and resold for cash by others.

You see it all over the internet, with people asking how to do it and where. The savings can be huge, but the price you could pay for your health, experts say, isn't worth it.

Dr. Baron is a dermatologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. There are serious skin conditions that could develop and land you in the hospital.

"Itchy skin, red skin, inflamed skin, even acne or eruptions that look like acne, it can take several forms," said Baron.

Just because the product is sealed doesn't make it safe. It depends on how long the product has been exposed to certain temperatures and how long it's been sitting out.

Baron warns that products were likely thrown out for a reason, and are probably beyond their "lifespan for stability" according to manufacturer standards.

Beware of dumpster diving dangers. Consumers could be in search of a bargain, but end up with a bad reaction that can lead to serious problems.

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