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Anti microbial Lipstick

Research Units

Biomaterials and Bioengineering Lab

Socio-economic partners

Visor Medical S.L

Sector Biotechnologies, Agri-food, Health

Anti microbial Lipstick

Bio-Based Composition against Viruses, Bacteria, and Fungi

Antimicrobial Lipstick: Bio-Based Composition against Viruses, Bacteria, and Fungi

The COVID-19 pandemic has speeded up the race to find materials that could help limit or avoid the spread of SARS-CoV-2, while infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria and fungi are now becoming a serious threat.

In this study, we developed a novel bio-based lipstick containing cranberry extract, a substance able to inactivate a broad range of microorganisms: enveloped viruses such as bacteriophage Φ6, a surrogate of SARS-CoV-2; non-enveloped viruses including bacteriophage MS2; multidrug-resistant bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Mycobacterium smegmatis, a surrogate of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; and the Candida albicans fungus.

The proposed antimicrobial lipstick offers a new form of protection against a broad range of microorganisms, including enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, bacteria, and fungi, in the current COVID-19 pandemic and microbial-resistant era.