Is your Mineral Makeup causing you to breakout?

Today I met a lovely lady Alyson that was trying hard to use natural skincare and mineral makeup but was suffering from breakouts. Its incredibly frustrating—when you’re hoping to change to a more natural product and it just causes more problems! How can you tell if it’s the new product that is the cause of the break-out or is it something else. While not all makeup causes acne breakouts, some can clog the pores, resulting in the development of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.

Mineral make-up contains ingredients such as mica, zinc oxide and titanium oxide. The benefit of mineral makeup is the zinc and titanium is built in sunscreen plus zinc and is an anti-inflammatory. These products are typically fragrant and oil-free, the particle size is fine but not small enough for it to penetrate into the pores. Additionally, the ingredients contained within Mineral Make-up will help absorb oil found in the pores and that are produced during the day. Most mineral-makeup is non-comedogenic product and will not clog the pores.

Although mineral makeup does not normal clog pores, what could be causing the breakout? Below are 5 reasons why mineral makeup could cause breakouts.

  1. Not removing makeup at the end of the day. Your skin accumulates other forms of dirt, oil and bacteria throughout the day, making sure you cleanse will reduce the potential of breakout.
  2. Not Using the correct makeup remover/cleanser for the makeup that you are using. Any makeup that contains minerals mica, zinc oxide and titanium oxide you will need to use an oil based makeup remover. Without boring you with huge document of chemical theory. Basically the oil will attract the dirt and minerals from the skin. Once you have removed your makeup then cleanse as normal and use a toner to ensure all makeup/remover/cleanser has been completely remove so you have clean and clear skin for your placement of serums and moisturizer.
  3. Mineral Makeup Brushes need to Cleanse
    Cleansing your brush regularly will reduce breakout

    You’re brushes! Makeup brushes should be cleansed on a regular bases to remove bacteria and old makeup. Jump into the shower with your brushes and use your shampoo or antimicrobial soap and then lye them on a towel to dry naturally. Or spend the money and purchase professional makeup brush cleanser. Also to reduce bacteria by thoroughly spraying them with isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) after every use.

  4. Not using a Moisturizer. Many people stop moisturizing when they get breakouts. Moisturizer helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss and if the skin losses too much moisture, it will naturally start over producing oil to protect the skin. Under your makeup you only need a light moisturizer to protect against trans-epidermal water loss and overproduction of oil.
  5. The final reason for the breakout may be nothing to do with your makeup or your skincare products it could be an internal trigger. See the What is triggering your Acne Blog.

I hope that I have shed some light on what may be causing Alyson and everyone that has suffered Mineral Makeup breakout problem.

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Debra Spence is a Qualified Medical Aesthetician, Cosmetic Scientist, Lecture and Author. Owned of an Australian National Award Winning Medi Spa. Now is concerntrating on Education of Skin and Skincare plus provideing advance treatments to her private patients. Plus developing Zen Dejour a Result Based Cosmeceutical Skincare Range and Dermal Solution Private Lable Professional Skincare.

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