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Am I Allergic to Bare Minerals? Here’s How to Tell.

By Amalah

Amy,
I have been reading your blogs on and off for a lot of years now. Sometimes I get a little too addicted to the Internet and have to make myself stop for a while. But I always come back. 🙂
Anyway, I have a question. It’s sort of time sensitive since it involves whether or not I am having a makeup reaction and should stop using it before my face falls off (but I know you receive zillions of e-mails and might not be able to respond right away–just thought it wouldn’t hurt to try asking you). I just recently purchased the Bare Minerals starter kit because I wanted something very light and natural. Confession: I am mostly a makeup virgin. Ok, I have worn it before. I have some makeup that I break out for special occasions. But no one ever really taught me how to use it well, and I never felt like I needed it. Now, I still don’t think I NEED it, but I have had makeup done on me (by salons, at Mary Kay parties, and so on), and I’ve seen how a nice, simple “routine” can make me look just a little fresher and feel just a little nicer. So I finally went to the Sephora store and got some goodies. But I digress. My point is that I’m new to being “serious” about all this stuff, and I want it to work. I know you recommend trying different things, but truthfully I don’t really have the money or the inclination to experiment with a ton of different things. I just want to find something that works, you know?
So I got the Bare Minerals. The salesperson put it on me the day I bought it, and I liked it just fine. No problems. Then I started reading your site and saw that some people had had reactions to it. I didn’t think much of it, but it was in the back of my mind, I guess. Yesterday I used the makeup, and toward the end of the day I noticed my left cheek was starting to look “brighter” than the right and my forehead was just a teeny bit weird-looking, sort of flushed but not really. About an hour later I washed my face and, sans makeup, noticed that both of my cheeks were very pink (my left more so than my right). Now, sometimes my cheeks do pink up a little, but I think this was different. They weren’t really itchy or irritated, but I remembered the “negative reviews” and started to worry. This morning my face looks “normal,” and I’m wondering whether I should keep trying the makeup. Was it just a fluke? Or am I setting myself up for a horribly irritated face if I keep going? I don’t want to assume things based on one experience, especially because maybe it was influenced by the negative info I had read earlier, but I don’t want to do bad things to my face, either. I couldn’t find info about the reactions people have had (am I just a bad Googler?) to see if this sounds like a reaction.
Also, I had to drive an hour to find a Sephora store, so returning/exchanging will be a pain. And then what do I buy? Because I can’t keep driving that far for makeup experiments. Please advise! Thank you.
(Oh, p.s. Skin care. Do you really need to do ALL the steps recommended–cleansing and toning and so on? I used to just cleanse and moisturize, but now they’re trying to sell me all this other stuff. I am so incompetent with this stuff that I am feeling lost, not wanting to get “taken” for lots of dollars but wanting to get things that will really be good/necessary.)
-Gretchen

bareminerals.jpgThe important thing to remember about Bare Minerals — or any of the loose-powder “mineral” makeup clones on the market now — is that many of the “minerals” are actually finely finely ground metals and metal derivatives. Bismuth, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, stuff like that. Which is why, personally, I continue to be baffled as to how aggressively these kinds of makeups get marketed to people with sensitive skin. Sensitive skin types need to stick with foundations clearly labeled as hypo-allergenic, like Almay or Clinique. Mineral foundations are NOT hypo-allergenic, and I think the high number of reactions you hear about it simply because the stuff is being promoted and marketed to the wrong audience. (And don’t even get me started on the “BareVitamins” moisturizer that comes bundled in the starter kits, which is mostly salicylic and glycolic acids, and I think that little fact should be made MUCH CLEARER for dry- or sensitive-skin users.)
I’ve never classified my skin as sensitive when it comes to cosmetics — I’m classic combination, prone to an oily t-zone, blackheads and dry patches on my cheeks. I don’t get many bona-fide zits anymore, but my complexion is FAR from even-toned, so I really do need a decent amount of help from my foundation in order to look even and fresh-faced. And while I’ve been happy with my liquid foundation (Sue Devitt’s oil-free seaweed foundations — which are 70% water, extremely gentle and light, never made me break out AND did a decent job of hiding my splotches without ever looking cakey), I admit that I finally just HAD to see what the fuss was all about with Bare Minerals and purchased the starter kits.
While my face has never been particularly sensitive, I DO have skin allergies — although never from cosmetics! Think cheap jewelry. Nickel. Iron. Steel. And (this is weird) cold weather — I have cold urticaria, which means I get hives and other reddish irritations from the wind or sudden cool-downs on the surface of my skin (so I also get hives when my own sweat hits my skin).
So really, it was probably dumb for someone like me to even try Bare Minerals, especially after getting SO MANY STORIES from readers who experienced less-than-awesome reactions to it. But the mineral makeup is very much love it or hate it. For people with ivory, pinkish or freckled complexions, switching from liquid to loose, multi-faceted foundation can be life-changing. I imagine it would be fabulous for young, 20-something skin that just wants a touch of tint without a lot of coating. Plus, its crazy popularity means I naturally get tons of questions about it, and I figured I needed to try it out first-hand.
So I did. Like you, the first day or two were fine, reaction-wise. Although I honestly didn’t love the makeup — I couldn’t seem to apply it without spilling a fine coating of powder all over my bathroom counter, and I felt like I needed to use a LOT more than the video demos suggested. It felt kind of heavy on my face and settled into my fine lines and was really, really shiny by mid-day. If I applied less I could avoid the settling and the shine, but then I wasn’t really getting the kind of coverage I wanted — it was just like I’d used a pressed powder compact instead of real foundation, and that’s a makeup move I haven’t been able to get away with since high school. I also disliked what a MESS it always seemed to make, but that’s mostly my fault, because I’m more of a “sweep everything haphazardly in a drawer” girl and I forget to GENTLY set the makeup upright somewhere, thus I always have fourteen tons of excess on top of the sifter that poofs all over the place when I open it.
After a couple days I felt like I’d achieved more of a middle ground with the application (using a foundation primer first helped with the shine/slipping into wrinkles thing quite a bit), but…by this point I could no longer ignore the fact that my skin was ANGRY. I started noticing red patches on my cheeks and forehead, and my face had this vague itchy feeling a lot of the time. When I removed the makeup at night, I would get hives.
And then the really disturbing thing happened — the skin on my fingers started to crack and peel off in chunks. This is my cheap-jewelry allergy, which I first noticed in high school. Kind of like a form of contact dermatitis, with a weird eczema-like twist. I once got the specific kind of allergy/eczema diagnosed from a dermatologist, but I can’t really remember it anymore. Not that it matters — there isn’t much to do about it except avoid triggers, wash and moisturize my hands religiously, and apply topical cortisone cream when it gets really vicious.
And this reaction was indeed vicious. My fingers swelled, cracked, flaked and bled. I stopped using Bare Minerals and within three or four days my hands cleared up. A little more timid experimentation revealed that the Mineral Veil powder was the primary source of the reaction and responsible for the itchy feeling and hives on my face. I could use the other powders occasionally just fine, but if I wore it for several days in a row I’d pay for it with cracked finger skin for sure. (Weirdly, I could use the eye makeup without any problems — although I really only use it as eyeliner now, so we’re talking very small quantities.)
The redness and itchy feeling are probably the most common reactions I’ve heard from readers — some seem to get better after awhile, while others’ reactions get worse with regular use like mine did. It does sound like you had a mild reaction to the makeup, but no, I wouldn’t chuck the whole kit out based on one flare-up, which could realistically been caused by something else and was just a coincidence. Try using the makeup without the Mineral Veil (a “finishing powder,” which seemed to be just your average translucent loose powder to me, nothing special), or try applying a little less. And WASH THE BRUSHES.
If, however, you’ve had allergies to cheap metal jewelry in the past, or are prone to hives or other serious allergic reactions (think respiratory epi-pen type things), stop using it. Not worth it. Contact Sephora’s online customer service or Bare Minerals directly to see if you can arrange a return.
Since the Bare Minerals fiasco, I’ve tried a few other light foundation alternatives with some success. (The pregnancy “glow” has temporarily evened my skin tone out so I don’t need quite so much coverage.)
supernatural.jpgFirst up, Philosophy’s Supernatural mineral makeup. I originally planned on doing a head-to-head comparison of a bunch of different mineral makeups, but obviously nixed that idea fairly quickly. But I’d already purchased this one. Which, at first glance, is very similar to Bare Minerals. (Zinc, bismuth, iron oxides, etc.) So I was very hesitant to try it. I don’t know if it’s a different formulation or what, but I did not have AS strong a reaction to this stuff. I can’t use it everyday (the finger thing happens), but I think the packaging prevents you from using as much as the swirl-tap-buff application of the other mineral makeups. That said, this AIN’T for girls who want full coverage. If you want to really use this as an honest-to-God foundation, you’ll need to disassemble the spongey top and go in there with a foundation brush. (The spongey top also needs regular washing, which is annoying, but it gets gross and clogged if you don’t.) I like the built-in SPF and the lack of mess (you can TRAVEL with it! no little sifters to remove or tape over!), and would recommend this for anyone looking for VERY light coverage, especially if you already use mineral makeup but are looking to speed up your morning application routine.
And then there’s also Benefit’s Some Kind-A Gorgeous, which is…well. I’m not sure what it is. It’s a foundation faker. At first glance, it looks like stage greasepaint makeup, but it’s actually oil-free and feels like a powder once you’ve put it on your face. It’s only available in two shades (light and dark, take your pick), but is very sheer and natural-looking that I’d put this in the “plus” column, especially if you’re the type who gets intimidated when trying to pick the right shade of makeup from dozens of slightly-different bottles. It also makes a great eyelid base.
For anyone looking for a really good really real foundation, let me repeat (for what feels like the zillionth time) that Sue Devitt’s seaweed gel foundation is fantastic. It’s not like other liquid foundations at all — super light, won’t clog your pores, easy to remove and the whipped gel-like texture makes application (whether you use a brush or just your fingers) a total snap. There are two variations on this foundation — the stuff in a tall pump and the . The pump is the lighter option, while the tub offers fuller coverage. Infuriatingly, Sephora has stopped offering the brand in stores and online, but it is available many other places, from QVC.com to Amazon.

Amalah
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Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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robin
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robin

I think part of the success bare minerals has had (ugh) is because for a lot of people they do not have a reaction until a month or so later, so you’ve already bought 10 products from them and then the redness shows. Everyone just buys into their claims about sensitive skin and I can’t believe they get away with it.
There are a lot better (esp. for sensitive skin) products out there that are a lot cheaper :).

Julia
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Sounds like an allergic reaction to me! I have heat related uticaria which sucks big time since I pretty much walk around all splotchy and hive-y from May-October. Hot showers and exercising make me look like a splotchy freak! I never found mineral make-up to provide enough coverage for my regular splotchiness.

Cassandra
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Cassandra

I think it’s terrible that the Bare Escentuals line is being marketed so aggressively to those with sensitive skin. Hell, that “handy buki” brush is stiff and scratchy enough to rip the skin off your face sometimes. That being said, I absolutely love this line of makeup. I’m 23, and have super-breakout prone, oily-ick skin. It’s also very rough and tumble, if you will, and I have no reactions to anything. After I switched to this makeup, my skin really started to clear up, and it was able to provide the same amount of coverage as a regular foundation without… Read more »

Amyella
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Hello! I just wanted to chime in with what will hopefully be helpful to Gretchen. I was getting sick of liquid foundation and really wanted to try mineral make-ups but I had also heard mixed reviews (a lot them here!) I went ahead and tried Bare Minerals for myself and -ugh – itchy! I also have a nickel allergy and even the smallest earring made of cheap metal will have my whole ear swollen, red, bumpy and itchy. So that was a no go, but I didn’t give up. I researched and found Everyday Minerals and since they offer a… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

Hi Amy, just a quick note…no need for the quotes around minerals up in the first paragraph, metals are minerals!

Jess
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I am 26 and with not sensitive skin, but certainly not tough skin and I have to say I really like the Bare Minerals. I was having a hard time getting the light to medium coverage for my dark under eye circles as well as covering what I”m refusing to admit is rosacea around my nose. I’ve had none of the reactions but agree that it’s probably not great for sensitive skin. That said I also am one that had horrible results with the Philosophy face wash that Amy (and so many others) love and went back to my BELOVED… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

Bare Minerals is definitely a love it-hate it brand. I have sensitive skin (although not allergy sensitive) and Bare Minerals works great for me in terms of coverage and break outs. Like a commenter above, my complexion has actually gotten better from using BM and I always get compliments when I go out. But great reviews aside, don’t mess with allergies…they will always win. 🙂

Critty
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There are soooo many people that can’t use mineral makeup, be it the bismuth, the fact is makes large pores look even larger, or that is slides off oily skin. Mineral makeup is ok for some, but not a cure all for everyone. And Amy – I have autoimmune urticaria – my body just started hating on itself 4 years ago – not fun! I can control it with lots of meds, a stash of epi-pens, a limited diet and avoiding nice things like the outdoors. Oh and reading every ingredient that goes on my face, body or hair. Critty… Read more »

mary
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I posted about Bare Minerals when I bought it a few months ago. I had a couple commenters saying they broke out not from the makeup itself, but from the BareVitamins.
I love BM and my skin has looked better since using it. But makeup and skin care products are never going to work the same for everyone using them.

Erin
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Erin

I’ve never used bare minerals, but I have used Almay’s mineral foundation, and it’s not awful. Better as just a powder.
Now, if you’re looking for something easy to use and no fuss, try the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer. It’s like a cross between foundation and tinted moisturizer, has spf 20, and some retinol too. My skin is oily, but my face is actually less shiny than usual at the end of the day. And you just smear it on with your fingers until it looks blended. I’m kind of in love with it.

StarHopper
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StarHopper

If you’re not used to makeup, try the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer. It’s like a cross between foundation and tinted moisturizer — just evens you out, so you can conceal redness without getting all masky. And there’s spf 20! Yay!

Miz Jawnson
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Miz Jawnson

Obviously I love Bare Minerals since I did the eye demos last year! I too have experienced itchiness, especially around my jawline. I figured out two things. First, I really needed to moisturize and start applying the make-up when my moisturizer was still damp. The drier my skin is, the itchier the make-up was. Of course, my itchiness goes away in 5-10 minutes, so it doesn’t bother me that much. Second, I too have problems with the Mineral Veil! They should reformulate it. I can’t use it in the winter really (see, dry = itchy). However! I’ve had great success… Read more »

Stephanie
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I second StarHopper’s recommendation for the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer. I’ve been using it for quite sometime and I think it’s great. For those sort of cosmetics, I go the Neutrogena line all the way (3-in-1 concealer for eyes, Healthy Skin Loose Powder, SkinClearing oil-free concealor). It gives great light coverage (I have pretty good skin and freckles I don’t want to hide, just looking to even things out a bit), and is more reasonably-priced for the just trying things out stage. Plus, you can always find deals on it in drugstores.

Izzy
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I think I’m allergic to Bare Minerals as it makes me want to claw my face off because of the ungodly itching. Oh and I have that contact dermatitis/eczema/cheap jewelry thing going on, too.

Nicole
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Oh wow. Okay. That explains things. I have dry-normal skin (not to be confused with normal-dry skin), the occasional flare-up of eczema/dermatitis (allergic to cortisone too – that’s fun), a bit red sometimes when my seasonal allergies flare up, etc. etc. But generally good skin. I picked up a starter kit of Bare Minerals when we were in Chicago (along with some Stila eyeshadow – love the stuff and Sephora there is the only reason I’m considering going to Chicago over New Years with partner. Oh and Filene’s basement too). And quite honestly I love the stuff – the concealer… Read more »

Stephanie
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Stephanie

If you get to exchange your Bare Minerals at Sephora, maybe try Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. It’s got SPF, is very lightweight, and I’ve found that it gives you just enough coverage to even out your skin wihtout looking too “made up.” I’ve got pretty even, but very sensitive skin. I used Clinique religiously for years, then had my face “done: at the Laura Mercier counter during a shopping party and loved it. Not all the Sephora stores carry LM, but it’s available online.

JennyM
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JennyM

I was going to suggest the same thing as Stephanie. I am in love with the Laura Mercier tinted-moisturizer with SPF, especially as it comes in a oil-free version. I use it as “foundation” and I’ve found that a little bit goes a looooong way, and the coverage is great (for me, anyway, ymmv). Anyway, it’s light and very natural looking and, again, the fact that it’s oil-free is great because I have fairly oily skin that gets gross pretty easily, so I stay way from anything heavy. The price may give you pause, but one tube really does last… Read more »

Suzy Q
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Suzy Q

I haven’t tried Bare Minerals but I did try the Maybelline version of it (way cheaper). It sucks. It seems to actually MAKE wrinkles on my face, even with primer!
I have to say, though, I’ve seen the BM up close on a friend, and she looked great.

Eeek
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Eeek

I like the Laura Mercier mineral foundation and it also comes with a powder primer, if you need it.

Mel
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I haven’t had trouble with Bare Minerals, but I thought I’d comment on the PS question since I also have somewhat sensitive skin.
I’ve tried a few different regimens that include cleansing, toning, and moisturizing and I’ve found that my skin really reacts poorly to the toning. It gets very red and irritated. I’m not sure if that’s an issue common to all people with sensitive skin or if it’s just something I struggle with.
I’m just using a Dove cleanser and moisturizer now and my face has no problems.

Danielle
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You are so totally right with the one product does not work for everyone. Philosophy – I wanted to love it but couldn’t. I don’t know if it contributed or not but I ended up with huge cystic breakout for months that ended me up at the dr. talking about Accutane. And Sephora. It is good and bad. There are times I don’t like what they recommend. Once they pushed me onto a product line (Ole Henriksen made my face BURN, all day) just because the rep was there. Getting to my point…I use BE mineral powder. I have tried… Read more »

Care
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Care

I actually stumbled across this while looking for an appropriate face wash to use with my new Bare Minerals. It doesn’t feel as light as my Neutragina Healthy skin liquid foundation and I actually feel like I’ve had more break-outs since I started using BM less than a week ago. Since I heard only wonderful things about BM, I assumed it was the combination of my facewash and the makeup. I have the sensitive skin (alergic to nickle and other cheap metals) issues mentioned above, but haven’t had a “reaction” so to speak. It just feels a little itchy, actually… Read more »

stephanie
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stephanie

Hi,I am African American, and finding makeup to match my dark skin can be so frustrating. I once tried BM, and I looked like an ashy fool. Years later,I was walking around Sephora and was seduced into trying BA once more, because they had expanded the color choices for women of color. My face was made up with foundation in dark, and with mineral veil. I loved it!! I purchased the product and went about my way. After 2 to 3 weeks, I started to experience ithching on my face. As I have asthma and allergies, I thought it was… Read more »

Tammy
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Tammy

I tried Bare Minerals and had a very bad allergic reaction. My skin was very itchy and when I washed the makeup off, I noticed red patches on my face. I woke up the next morning with a swollen face and my eyes were almost swollen shut. My face looked liked I had a bad sunburn and it was so itchy and dry. I was miserable. This lasted for almost a week. I have sensitive skin but never had a reaction like this to any other makeup. They should not advertise this mineral makeup as so good for your skin… Read more »

maria
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maria

Thanks for setting my mind at ease. I have never had a skin allergy like the one I am experiencing right now. I wasn’t sure if it was my moisturizer, my tinted sunscreen or the bareminerals. My eyes lids have turned red, itchy and are soooo swollen. And my neck is red, itchy and blotchy. I want to scratch it off!!! I will not be buying any new BareMinerals products.

Jo
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Jo

I just figured out that bare minerals was responsible for my skin problems. I was recently diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, my dermatologist said it can be caused my some types of make-up, fluoride in toothpaste, and other undetermined causes. I feel so dumb that I didn’t realize the make-up was to blame. I’ve had painful burning rashes on my face, itching, tightness, and redness. I’m now on a two month course of antibiotics to clear up the problem. About a week ago I wore Bare minerals after not wearing make-up for a long time and my skin (which had bee… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

Jo
I was just diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, and i use bare minerals. I never thought of the connection. just 3 weeks ago it started, i had been using bm for a year and a half. i think i am going to disconinue using it, and go back to mary kay. Very dissapointing.

Sara Rasmussesn
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Sara Rasmussesn

I’m trying to find out if anyone has developed blepharitis from using bare minerals. I have a serious issue with itchy eyes, granulation between the eyelashes, eyelashes that have gone ballistic with their growth and direction and also with them falling out. Anyone have any suggestions? My opthalmologist asked me if I had done anything different with my routine care etc. of which I couldn’t think of anything at that moment. I thought about it for a couple of days and it dawned on me that my itchy eyes started approximately a year and a half ago which was not… Read more »

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I have blepharitis too. SUCKS.  My ophthalmologist said that it is hereditary and chronic, but I swear I got it, or it at least showed-up, because of bare minerals.  (Mascara specifically)  The best thing you can do is wash your lids with baby shampoo every night and put a hot washcloth compress on your lids for five minutes a day.  I’ve even heard some people say that cleaning your lids with the Wet Ones wipes helps. This has helped me tremendously.  I’m ready to start wearing makeup again.  Sorry to hear you joined the club 🙁  

Natalie
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Natalie

For me, my online research has shown that Bare Minerals and other products that contain Bismuth Oxychloride are causing this sunburn-like, dry raw itchy skin reaction that I experienced with both Bare Minerals and Cover Girl Mineral Makeups in many women. My experience was fine with Mary Kay’s Mineral Makeup. The difference between the two…Bismuth Oxychloride.

Remy
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Remy

I moved to Hawaii from Las Vegas in December. My skin was normal in las vegas. Moving here my makeup fely to heavy so i switched to Bare Minerals. A few weeks later I started noticing these little bumps on my jaw mainly on the side and chin area of my jaw. They look like blackheads under the skin. I was wondering if this could be from the bare minerals. I have tried everything to clear it up acne meds everything and just clicked that it could be the makeup, Anyone have any suggestions or ever dealt with this??

Andrea
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Andrea

I have been a faithful Mary Kay user for years. A couple of my friends use Bare Minerials and they love it; they suggested I try it, so I purchased a kit from Ulta. I have extremely sensitive skin and I have learned that I have allergies to nickle. At first, I loved BM. It went on easy and felt great on my skin, but I noticed a “tightness” on my jaw line, so I just figured it was something I’d have to get use to. Well….. It has been only one week and I have stopped using BM. I… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

I started using Bare Minerals in November. At first I was delighted with the results. I invested in a lot of the product. Then I started noticing huge problems with sinus difficulties–ears being blocked with congestion etc. I tried to think of things that were different in my daily living. I finally thought of my new makeup. This makeup is so fine and powdery—I concluded that I was concentrating on the process of properly putting this stuff on, that I was probably breathing a ton of those little particles in. Has anyone else has these problems with Bare Minerals?

Shellie
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Shellie

I started using Bare Minerals about 3 years ago and loved it. Especially the Bare Vitamins. My skin was just better when I used it. Period. I have been developing allergies over the past several years. It started with a scented soap and spread to shampoos and hair spray, mousse etc. It’s been annoying. Then last weekend I put on my make up, like usual and BAM. When I took it off I noticed that I had an itchy rash all over my face. I determined over the next couple of days that it was the Bare Vitamins that was… Read more »

itchy
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itchy

OMG!!! I was diagnosed with Excema 25 years ago and after much testing was able to determine the cause and eliminate the irritant. I have been struggling for about 9 months to 1 year with extremely dry skin that has finally escalated into my face being so red, itchy, swollen and covered in an awful rash–my eyelids are almost swollen shut. Diagnosis–another flare up of dermatitis or excema (that I had been able to control for 25 years). I am on my second round of prednisone. I am waiting until I can control the break outs so that I can… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

I started using BM over a week ago. Immediately I got a sinus infection. I started antibiotics and after 5 days was getting worse!! I was trying to figure out why my sinus were still so inflamed and my face so swollen. I then put it together that this all started when I began to use BM. I unfortunately cannot use the product. I am sad because I really liked it. Has anyone else experienced severe inflamed sinuses and swollen eyes, face and clogged ears?? I know Cindy above had the same results.

Maria
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Maria

Yes I had all the above, including clogged ears.

Since I started using this I have had 6 sinus infections two of which have required a second course of antibiotics.

I hope all of us can make a full recovery. I just worry that Bismuth Oxychloride may have permanently done something to our heath.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I started using mineral pressed powder a week ago and now my skin is terrible! Its itchy, blotchy, dry and unbearable! The doc has given me ointments to settle the itchyness and I haven’t been wearing makeup ever since. I do not recommend mineral makeup at ALL.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I thought I was crazy….how could I have all of the head congestion from using BM??!!! I’m glad to see I’m not the only one. I am highly allergic and have very sensitive skin. I too bought into the whole “safe” vibe. Thanks for the info.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

On September 15, I bought the Bare Minerals starter kit after being told by the saleslady that it was “great for sensitive skin”. I wore it the next day–no problems. On the afternoon of the 17th I started to feel what felt like hundreds of tiny bumps along my jawline. By Thursday night it was a nasty, burning, red rash all over the bottom half of my face. I tried to return the BM products on Friday the 18th and was told instead to try Bare Escentuals oatmeal cleanser (didn’t help). I have spent the past two weeks going from… Read more »

Adriana
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Adriana

So this is a little werid, but after reading all this Bare Minerals stuff, I’m starting to think this may be my problem…I have woken up (several times) for the last six months with swollen lips. I have gone to every doctor you can think of to figure this out and no one know what it could be. I was given a topical steroid by my dermatologist to reduce the swelling, but as soon as I stopped using it, the swelling came back. Now that I am reading all this, BM may be the cause of my swollen lips. I… Read more »

Mackenzie
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Mackenzie

I bought a BM starter kit in September and shortly after I began to get multiple painful bumps around my chin. I thought that I might be getting acne for the first time in my life, which is wierd because I’m 20 and I never broke out before. But the “pimples” never came to white heads and they did not respond to multiple acne products that I tried. I stubbornly continued to use BM until Christmas, at which point it had gotten so bad that I went to a dermatologist. The bumps were large enough that it was often painful… Read more »

Stacy
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Stacy

I have exzema but not on my face. I have been using BE for a few years now. But, I noticed last year that I started getting a rash and my cheeks would turn red after I washed the makeup off. I thought it was just my skin, but I never thought it was the makeup until this year when I barely wear it. But, when I do wear it I break out with this rash along my chin and no matter what I do, it seems to take like months to go away. I even got a ear infection… Read more »

Stacey
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Stacey

Wow, I’m so glad I found this site. I have been having an alergic reaction for 6 months now. Mine is a red rash with white blisters focused around my mouth and eyelids. I also have painful, burning, dry lips. I have been through 3 courses of steroids, and allergy testing that revealed I’m allergic to Quaternium 15 and Nickle. The doctor disregarded the Nickle allergy & focused on the Quat 15. So I’ve replaced EVERY product I use EXCEPT my bare minerals make up…why? My dermatologist actually recommended I quit using Sheer Cover makeup & use Bare Mineals because… Read more »

Megan
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Megan

For anyone who likes the BM makeup look but had a reaction, you can try their matte foundation. I too had a reaction that started with itching and then my face appeared sunburned it was so red. After reading about the possibility of the bismuth oxychloride in the original foundation causing it, I switched to the matte foundation as it doesn’t contain this ingredient. I am even able to wear the mineral veil on top of the foundation without reaction. Wish they would remove the yucky ingredients from everything, though…

sharny
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sharny

I used Bare Minerals for one day, I thought it was great at first but then later that same day I noticed a few bumps appearing under my skin, I washed my face and moisturised but the next morning I had the bumps all over my face and neck, swollen eyes and it was itching like crazy – been using antihistimines since but it is still not better a week later. I am furious a product marketed as good for skin can do this, I am just glad I found out after one use and was able to get a… Read more »

Shari Serra
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Shari Serra

After 7 years I no longer use bare minerals, I had a small fan in my bathroom that I used while putting on my makeup . The darn thing quit running so we shook it and you would not believe how much bare minerals came out! I had enough there to fill one of the jars. The stuff goes everywhere .. It’s horrible. I know with that much stuff fling around you can’t help but breathe it in. I will miss BM , but my asthmatic lungs sure wont. Something for everyone using this stuff to think about.

Shelly
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Shelly

I also tried bare minerals make up the starter kit. I have noticed problems with my lungs since I started using the products and put this all together it is the makeup causing upper respitratory problems . I am done still trying to get better developed a terriable cough itchy throat and lungs. Hope I get better soon will never use this again, glad I only used for a short time but long enough to cause problems in my health.

Anna
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Anna

Have been using Bare Minerals original foundation for about a month now after being told by the sales person it would be perfect for my sensitive skin. Last week I noticed little red dry patches under my eyes, so stopped wearing the makeup on those areas, but still wearing it on the rest of my face. The red dry patches seem to be getting worse, spreading to eyelid and have become really itchy, my eyes are also really puffy, swollen and watery and i look horrible. So i’m no longer going to wear this makeup anywhere and hopefully my reaction… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

Found this online which might explain some of the reactions people are getting. It seems its from the Bismuth Oxychloride in Bare Minerals. ”You’ve worn traditional makeup for years. You had very little or no irritation. After hearing about the benefits of mineral makeup, you decide to give it a try. It is supposed to be so much better for your skin and healthier overall, so what’s the risk? You make your first purchase and start wearing it immediately.  Except… you’re having a reaction you’ve never had before to makeup. Your skin may be itching, irritated, red, having small bumps,… Read more »

Maria
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Maria

one TIP to help your skin post BareMinerals: For those trying to recover I have found one thing that may help: EPSOM SALT. 1) Soak your skin in it >> for me this helped get rid of dry flakes 2) Dissolve one tea spoon in a cup of warm water and use it as a toner >> for me this helped with the itching though it might sting for a minute or so 3) Gently scrub with it >> only after your has completely stopped being red and angry Epsom Salt opens the pores allowing the metal particles that are… Read more »

Liz
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Liz

But the Sue Devitt foundation you are recomending has Octyl Palmitate, high in the ingredient list. Thats a very comedogenic ingredient.