Mineral Makeup and Acne: A Perfect Match

Why is mineral makeup so popular for acne prone skin?

Mineral makeup has become extremely popular as the best foundation for acne prone skin.  This is for a number of reasons:

  • No added chemicals.  Chemicals can irritate acne prone skin, which is already very sensitive.  Make sure you read ingredients since there are a few brands of mineral makeup that contain bismuth oxychloride, which can aggravate your acne.
  • No pore-clogging ingredients.  As with any makeup for acne, read the label to make sure it is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
  • Provides natural looking coverage.  The minerals do not settle into pores, but rather they are buffed across the surface of the skin
  • Conceals acne well.  If you choose the right color for your skin, mineral makeup concealers will reduce the redness without the creaminess and chalky qualities of other concealers.
  • Some mineral makeup products provide healing and soothing properties.  There are a few brands, such as Bare Escentuals, that have products that contain healing minerals
  • Many mineral makeup products contain non-chemical sunscreen.  Most mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide, a physical sunscreen (versus chemical)

Here are a few tips from my own experience using Bare Escentuals bareMinerals mineral makeup for many years:

  • It provides great coverage so long as I use a primer, as well as moisturizer in dry areas
  • I use the Multi-Tasking Face Concealer under and over the mineral foundation makeup to give extra coverage
  • If I just have a small blemish to heal, I use the Rare Minerals Blemish Therapy at night without prescription treatment
  • Combine the concealer with the blemish therapy
  • Use Mineral Veil over any foundation, bare essentials makeup or liquid foundation
  • Always use at least one of the products with SPF – foundation and/or Mineral Veil
  • Sometimes only use Warmth without any blush for just a hint of color
  • If just want a little liner, use their mineral eyeliner without water
  • Always use their concealer brush – it’s the best

Read my best mineral makeup reviews for the best mineral makeup recommendations.

Best Mineral Makeup: Bare Escentuals

Bare Essentials Bare Minerals Makeup

bareMinerals Get Started Kit

Review:

I have tried different brands of mineral makeup, including drugstore brands and those available only online.  There is one brand that stood head and shoulders above the others – Bare Escentuals bareMinerals (often misspelled as bare mineral makeup or bare essentials makeup).  Their price was an excellent value compared to others, especially for those starting out for whom the bareMinerals Get Started Kit is ideal.

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bareMinerals RareMinerals Blemish Therapy Review

bareMinerals RareMinerals Blemish Therapy

I want to do a quick bareMinerals RareMinerals Blemish Therapy review today since it is a product I have used many times in the past and have had great experiences with. While bareMinerals Blemish Therapy is not makeup for acne, it provides a little bit of coverage while helping to heal blemishes, so I have even used it at night to tone down some redness and help heal a blemish. This is a product that does not contain the usual salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide of other acne treatments. Instead, it uses Bare Escentuals’ RareMinerals Complex which contains natural sulfur, a mineral that is both soothing and has some antibacterial properties.

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bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil Review

Description:

This is Bare Escentuals’ new version of Mineral Veil, now with SPF 25.  It has all the qualities of the original mineral veil, but with sun protection.  As with the original version, the SPF 25 Mineral Veil is designed to give a finishing touch to makeup by softening lines, minimizing pores, eliminating shine, and keeping makeup fresh all day.  The SPF version comes in a sheer powder and a tinted version.  The non-SPF version also comes in a hydrating and an illuminating version.

Summary of Reviews:

The new bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil is by far my favorite product in Bare Escentuals bareMineral line.  I have used it for years and I don’t just reserve it for use with the bareMinerals foundation.  It works well over any foundation or even just over concealer.

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Review of bareMinerals Matte Foundation

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation Fair

Description:

This is Bare Escentuals’ new matte formula of its original bareMinerals foundation. It is supposed to absorb excess oil without drying the skin. It is almost meant to improve the appearance of the skin, minimizing pores and promoting cell turnover with their Rare Minerals Active Soil Complex. The container has been redesigned with a ‘click, lock, go’ cap so that there are no spills. This powder foundation also has an SPF 15 with no chemicals or preservatives. You can see a full list of ingredients on the product page, using the link provided below.

Bare Escentuals’ research by an independent research company says that

93% of users saw minimized pores
85% experienced improved skin clarity
89% said they had reduced shine

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