Minerals Makeup and Acne

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For acne sufferers, makeup can be both a cover for and contributor to blemishes. While not all makeup causes acne breakouts, some can clog the pores, resulting in the development of pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. One alternative to standard makeup is mineral makeup, which utilizes natural ingredients in order to reduce skin irritation.


Mineral makeup contains ingredients such as mica, zinc oxide and titanium oxide. The latter two ingredients are also found in sunscreens, according to Lisa Palladino, a healthy and beauty writer for Luxist.com. Because mineral makeup is formulated as a powder, it is longer-lasting than its liquid counterparts, as liquid foundations tend to harbor bacteria more easily. These products are typically fragrance- and oil-free, according to the NZ Herald News.


Mineral makeup is suited for use by acne sufferers because the product contains anti-inflammatories, according to Acne Talks. The particles used on the skin also are so fine they may be less penetrating to the pores. Additionally, the ingredients contained within are drying, which means that they may be helpful in drying the oil found in the pores that contributes to acne. As a non-comedogenic product, mineral makeup will not clog the pores.


Although mineral makeup does not clog pores, it should be removed before bed, according to Signature Mineral Makeup. While the makeup itself will not cause acne, your skin accumulates other forms of dirt, oil and bacteria throughout the day, making a nightly cleansing routine important.


While mineral makeup has the potential not to harm acne or further clog pores, it is not used to actually treat acne, according to Luxist.com. You should continue with acne treatments, such as a salicylic acid face wash or a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, to treat the bacteria and dead skin cells that can clog the pores.


While the makeup is available mostly as a powder foundation, it also is sold as a blush, liquid foundation, primer and eye makeup. A number of major makeup brands have added mineral makeup products to their current lines, according to the NZ Herald News.