Is Lipstick Covered In Microscopic White Worms?

We recently heard from a reader who discovered something odd in her makeup bag. She wrote, “I went to fetch one of my brand new lipsticks that I’ve only used once but found it completely covered in this tiny white stuff. Could they be mites or worms? They don’t appear to be moving but they are so small I can’t tell. The bag was fully closed and stored on a wooden shelving unit.” She sent us a photo of the lipstick-in-question:

We can’t see the tiny white things she described in this photo, but in the next photo we can clearly see them on the lipstick tube. It is, as she described, completely covered in tiny white stuff. Although we can see them, we aren’t convinced that they are mites or worms.

We believe these specimens are too small to be worms, but could they be mites? We don’t think so. The most common mites are chiggers, dust mites, ear mites, scabies, and spider mites. Ear mites, scabies, and chiggers are all parasitc mites that live within humans and animals, so definitely not what our reader is dealing with. Dust mites are tiny clear bugs that cause allergies in some people, however they can only be seen under a microscope, so once again not a possibility. Finally, there are spider mites. These organisms can cause infestations in homes, where they are found on furniture, carpets, bed linen, and curtains. While whatever our reader found might be spider mites, spider mites are described as looking like grains of sugar or salt, so again, doesn’t seem like a match.
We think the white stuff might just be dust, or powder or some other powder-like substance from within her makeup bag.¬†We don’t think our reader should stress out too much about her lipstick tube. Depending on what she feels comfortable with, she can either wipe off the tube and keep it or throw it out. It might also be a good idea to clean out her makeup bag and throw it in the wash!
To wrap up, we don’t think the white stuff our reader find on her lipstick tube is worm-related. We think it is probably just dust or powder.
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Is Lipstick Covered In Microscopic White Worms?
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Is Lipstick Covered In Microscopic White Worms?
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We don't think the white stuff our reader find on her lipstick tube is worm-related. We think it is probably just dust or powder.
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