I never imagined I would suffer from a breakout from using skincare or makeup but yes, it had to happened. I am suffering from a bout of bad itchy rash on my forehead and under my eye area which is refusing to subside quickly. After examining my skincare routine and makeup, I believe the culprit to be a matt mineral veil from Ferro Cosmetics that I was using for half a day yesterday. This is the second time I’ve used the product. The first time I wore it for a short duration when I was testing the line of makeup and I recalled my forehead being itchy too.
Mineral makeup are not created equal
The reason why I’m so certain it’s that is because I’ve used the radiance foundation under the same brand without any problems so far. However, their matte mineral veil contains different ingredients not found in their foundation and after narrowing down the list, I’m suspecting it could be either the Boron Nitride or the Magnesium Stearate or even both.
I read up and found from this report that Boron Nitride could cause an itchy rash with repeated or prolonged contact although the amount cited in the report could be more concentrated than what is actually used in mineral makeup formulations. Magnesium Stearate is also said to cause irritation for those with sensitive skin. My skin isn’t sensitive at all, but it could be a combination of those ingredients reacting to the heat, my perspiration and possibly my skincare products as well.
Compilation of ingredients that might cause irritation for some
Anyway, I decided to write this because I realized that while mineral makeup is said to be good for our skin, not all formulations are created equal. In addition, I’ve not done much reading on the ingredients used in mineral makeup. Apparently, apart from Bismuth Oxychloride which is widely known to be a skin irritant, there are others as well like these that I came across.
|Ingredients||Description & Irritant Level|
|Bismuth Oxychloride||A by-product of lead refining used to achieve a satin radiance to the skin. Widely known to be a skin irritant, causing many to suffer from burning and breakouts.|
|Boron Nitride||A mineral known for its high adhesion quality and a light texture. Can cause an itchy rash with prolonged usage.|
|Carmine||A dark red pigment made of the crushed shells of cochineal beetles. Known to cause severe allergic reactions in many.|
|Chromiums||Artificial pigment and the most popular is Chromium Oxide Green in mineral makeup. Known irritant not be used on the lips.|
|Dimethicone||Unmodified silicones which are considered a good protectant but may cause irritation to sensitive skin due to its occlusion nature.|
|Mica||A transparent mineral which is mined from the earth in thin sheets to give powder sparkle and shine. Supposedly low irritation but may aggravate acne and rosacea conditions for some.|
|Magnesium Stearate||This mineral is known for its matte finish appearance and high adhesion quality but has been associated with irritation in some with sensitive skin.|
|Silica||A mineral used to add a silky feel to the product and provide oil control. Not usually listed as an irritant, but has caused breakouts for some.|
|Talc||A non-natural cheap filler used which is overly drying and can cause pores to clog and breakouts for certain skin types.|
|Ultramarines||Pigments from either natural or artificial sources and artificial Ultramarine Blue is commonly used. Known irritant not be used on the lips.|
|Zea Mays||Technical name for corn starch. Very translucent with good absorbency & silky texture used in mineral veil. Has a shelf life and some have experienced irritation using this ingredient.|
Skin condition and product formulation make a difference
However, while these ingredients are reported to cause some amount of irritation, how your skin reacts to them really depend on your skin condition and the product formulation. For example, many ladies have no problems with Bismuth Oxychloride at all. It should also be noted that mineral makeup companies do not use the same product formulation and even with an ingredient like Mica, the quality used could differ for different brands.
Choose mineral makeup with a smaller ingredient list
Although I’m certain it’s the matt mineral veil that has caused my itchy rash, I can only suspect the two ingredients to be the cause. It could possibly be others.
But as a rule or thumb, I discovered that it’ll be better that we pick mineral makeup with fewer ingredients. I guess less is really more in this case too.