The Pros And Cons Of Mineral Makeup

Mineral Makeup has had a good run. While it's been around for awhile, it was just a few years ago that it became a mainstream makeup option. And with good reason. Most mineral makeup is actually good for your skin and won't clog pores. But does that mean it's for everyone? Not quite. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Since the pros outweigh the cons, lets start there. Overall, mineral makeup tends to be a favorable product for the skin. So much that dermatologists, aestheticians and makeup artists give it a big thumbs up. "It is so protective and healing for the skin that whenever I finish a facial treatment I tell my clients: 'an application of the powder is an extension of the facial,'" says Los Angeles celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy.

The key component that gives this makeup its skin-care qualities is, of course, the minerals which include titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Both known (and effective) UV protectors. "Mineral makeup foundation is a smart way to obtain facial skin coverage as well as achieve sun protection," says Rancho Mirage, CA, dermatologist Wendy E. Roberts, MD. Plus, for those with acne-prone skin, it can cover up a blemish without making the problem worse. A key point that celebrity makeup artist Lusine Galadjian touts. "It's non-comedogenic, oil-free, anti-inflammatory and does not harbor any bacteria," he says. And if you like a little coverage when you work out, it won't clog your pores as you sweat.

Now, if mineral makeup sounds too good to be true, there actually is a catch. Which leads us to the cons (don't worry, they aren't that bad). "Like any makeup, there can be skin sensitivities which may cause irritation, redness and dryness of the skin, or exacerbation of facial eczema and seborrheic dermatitis," says Dr. Roberts.

Those who have dry skin may notice that mineral makeup can sometimes accentuate flakes or rough patches, while oily skin can be highlighted too. "I have very oily skin and the mica in some brands accentuates every flaw and actually makes the shine worse," says celebrity makeup artist Melissa Walsh. Both she and Galadjin agree that the ingredient to avoid is bismuth oxychloride which can sometimes irritate skin.