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.

6 Comments
  • Patti Thuro
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    Is bare minerals good for older skin I am 70 but have very few wrinkles and would like to know if it good for my skin

  • Gabrielle
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    When I first used Mineral Makeup, my skin reacted and became so red, inflamed and itchy I had to wash it off immediately!! I could NOT understand why all these woman were flocking to those Bare Mineral Boutiques popping up everywhere, because I saw them with red, irritated looking skin. Bare Minerals is and was a money making phase that hopefully fully goes away soon.

  • Ally
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    You should try jane iredale mineral makeup. Bare Minerals contains Bismuth Oxychloride (the ingredient this article recommends avoiding since its a known irritant) whereas jane iredale does not. It is hands down the best makeup I've ever used. (and I've used A LOT)

  • Posted on

    Mineral Makeup is a great quickfix - In the summer for example its a great way to reapply and easily be on the run - Not much to carry around and almost sounds too good to be true - My best recommendation is not to rely 100% on any makeup - Use proper skincare and proper treatments for your skin type and the makeup will go on smoother. Make up is meant to enhance not replace proper skincare treatments. Make sure all brushes and applicators are either washed frequently or disposable to avoid contamination and you are ready to go!

  • Laurie
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    I agree! I remember when mineral makeup, especially Bare Minerals, became very popular. I have always had the hardest time finding makeup for my oil, acne prone skin, so it seemed like a miracle. I bought Bare Mineral's Intro Kit and was so excited....that is, until my skin broke out in tiny white bumps ALL OVER my face. They looked like tiny acne bumps. My skin also turned red. I stopped using it, but it took weeks for my skin to calm down and go back to normal. I found out that it was the bismuth oxychloride by searching the web. Now, even though I know what caused the reaction, I'm still terrified of using any type of mineral makeup. I would love to try it again, but the fear still keeps me from going that route again.

  • Rachel
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    Just stay away from Bismuth oxychloride and a lot of makeup leaves that out. also if you want to make sure your makeup is clean, use a Minerals Mate tray. You just keep pouring what you need in the wells of the tray and you don't have to pour leftover minerals back in the jar. The tray comes with lids, too, so you can cover up that leftover makeup on the tray.

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