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Online forum lets people swap used makeup

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The Internet is a big marketplace to sell and swap items and at least one forum lets people trade used makeup.

Maizie Chan said she used to spend about $100 per month on makeup. But lately she's been using a Reddit forum called Makeup Exchange to connect with users who want to trade products with her. She only pays for shipping.

She said she knows there's big risk involved, but so far she's only seen big rewards.

"I have five different liptars and they would cost $18 a piece at Sephora. But I got these two lip glosses for just these four," she said.

Dermatologist Amy Wolthoff said she understands getting a good bargain, but rattled off a long list of health problems that could come with swapping.

"I'd say the biggest issue is when you're using something around the eyes you can get viral infections, conjunctivitis, stys. Imagine using a lipstick that someone who had a fever blister used. It would be like kissing something with a fever blister," Dr. Wolthoff said.

The Makeup Exchange does warn participants to swap at their own risk and lists a number of guidelines including sanitizing used product before sending it out. It even includes a YouTube video demonstrating how to supposedly sanitize a product.

But Dr. Waltoff said that isn't always enough.

"There's no absolutely safe way to use someone else's products," she said.

Chan said she has a few rules for herself like not trading mascara or lip gloss with an applicator. But she'll continue swapping until there's a deal breaker.

"If I were to get a blush or something and I broke out, I'd probably stop swapping," she said.

Many online marketplaces like eBay have a policy that bans the sale of any used cosmetics.

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