Bare Minerals, one of the more popular brands of mineral makeup sold through infomercials since 1998 has had its share of complaints. From burning, itching and breakouts, to deep red and purple welts, it’s all been reported immediately after use. What causes these skin irritations? It’s hard to say. What women must remember is that……

a) just because a product is all natural, does not mean that they will not have a reaction to it. Heck, I have a reaction when I eat bananas! and….

b) Bare Minerals contains bismuth oxychloride which is an inorganic pigment used in traditional cosmetics as well as mineral makeup and not so natural.

Bismuth oxychloride is a byproduct of lead and copper processing and  is considered a skin irritant. As I mentioned above, many people report itching, rashes or cystic acne which may be attributed to this one ingredient alone. Bismuth oxychloride should be avoided if you have acne, rosacea or sensitive skin. And remember it is not limited to mineral makeup products; it is used in thousands of skin care products women have been using for years. It’s only one ingredient among several that cause skin problems for a small minority of women.

Its unfortunate that bad experiences with natural mineral makeup have caused women to give up on this product altogether. There are mineral makeup products out there that do not contain bismuth oxychloride and “pure” natural brands of mineral makeup do not contain irritants such as fragrances, synthetic dyes, and preservatives. They also contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which have anti-inflammatory properties, important for women who suffer from rosacea or acne. For some women, this product is life changing.

If you are thinking about trying mineral makeup, double check the ingredients, buy from a good company that accepts returns if unsatisfied, and if all natural doesn’t cut it, ditch the product all together.

Visit Simply Karen Cosmetics for all natural mineral makeup that does not contain bismuth oxychloride.
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