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Intro + Bare Minerals




I'm currently sitting upstairs in my bedroom, pretending to be too busy/tired to join the party going on downstairs in my house (I'm in college). In reality, the thought of going down there and showing off my acne ridden, irritated/picked face makes me incredibly anxious, and so here I am.

I have sever acne. The crazy thing is that I never used to. I turned 22 and my skin starting freaking out. It's been 8 months, and it only seems to get worse, no matter what I do! My skin's not oily and very sensitive. I mean VERY SENSITIVE, which really limits treatment options. I am going on accutane in a month, and, while I'm optimistic, I'm nervous about some of the possible side effects. But honestly, I'd rather lose all my hair and get IBS than have acne like I do now for the rest of my life. So, I'm going to do it.

Today, I want to talk about Bare Minerals. From a non-acne point of view, the stuff is absolutely great. It covers like a dream and has an iridescent but not overwhelmingly shiny/glitter finish. However, I'm starting to wonder if it's breaking me out. Here's what happened:

August: Purchased bare minerals and began everyday use

August: Began Retin A treatment, tolerated it well... at first.

Mid-October: Got terrible breakout on forehead and jaw (Every pore that could be inflamed/clogged/form a cyst was/did -- seriously 200+ zits one morning, out of nowhere. It was a nightmare. The confusing thing was that I hadn't done anything differently)

Late-October: Stopped using Retin A, no real change

Late-October: tried vegan, no preservatives, no carbs, no dye diet -- seemed to work at first, but results didn't last

Current: cut back on face washing to reduce irritation

I read about acne caused by cosmetics, and was intrigued by what I found. Specifically, that this type of acne can take months of cosmetic use to show up. I have pretty sensitive skin, and two ingredients in Bare Minerals, mica and bismuth, are known to cause irritation/acne. Bismuth can cause cystic acne, which is my main problem. So, I went to the store and bought new foundation/concealer. The products I picked were Physician's Formula powder foundation and a liquid concealer. The powder foundation is formulated for sensitive skin, it has five ingredients, is bismuth free, and contains only trace amounts of mica. The concealer is less certain to be safe, but I can't go without a concealer (ugh).

Today, I got 4 new cysts on top of my already broken out face. One cyst is in it's early stages, lurking underneath my skin, and it's about the size of a nickle. I'm really excited for that baby to erupt out on my forehead. It's going to be magical :( The second cyst is in a really weird location. It's on the very top left side of where my nose meets my eyebrow. The third and forth cysts are on the bottom of my jaw where they're hardly visible, but wow can I feel them. One of them is HUGE, and it hurts.

So idk how long it would take for me to start seeing improvement if Bare Minerals was the problem. Has anyone stopped using Bare Minerals and found that their skin improved? If so, how long did it take?


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Were you using the normal Bare Mineral or their 'new' MATTE version?? I heard some ppl say that their regular version broke them out but not their Matte version.

It could be that your skin react to Bare Mineral or from Retin A. Either or your skin is very inflamed and it may take several weeks to go away :( You should not take any chance and stop both of them and see if it improves. In the mean time you probably need an antibiotic to reduce the inflamation.

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Hello Julie,

I appreciate the advice! I am on doxycycline (100 mg 2 times a day) and have been for 3 months now. I couldn't imagine what my inflamed face would like like without it.

I think you're right that my face had a reaction to something... It's just not clear what. I was using the normal Bare Mineral formula, so it could have been that, but after a couple weeks of not using the stuff, I saw no real improvement. We'll see....

Thanks for the encouragement :)

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