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5 Benefits of Mineral Makeup for Acne and Sensitive Skin

If your skin is sensitive?

Or maybe you’re prone to breakouts?

Or suffer from acne inflammation?

Then you don’t need us to tell you finding the right makeup can be a concern.

Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of mineral makeup.

But, if you find navigating this arena difficult, thanks to complicated ingredient lists.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the best mineral makeup companies.

And help you decode the best mineral ingredients to use on your skin.

What is Mineral Makeup?

As the name suggests, mineral makeup is made from tiny particles taken from the earth that are ground down to a fine powder and compressed into makeup.

Natural mineral makeup formulas are lightweight and have varying degrees of coverage.

This type of natural mineral makeup doesn’t contain oils, waxes, preservatives, or bulking agents used by conventional makeup brands.

Instead, they contain ingredients such as zinc, mica, and titanium oxide, which are milled to a super-fine consistency and combined with pigments.

They are the best choice for oily, acne-prone skin and those with sensitive skin conditions due to their natural absorbency and non-comedogenic ingredients.

The purity of the earth’s minerals means they are also gentle enough to use on even the most inflamed skin without creating reactions, even on post-treatment skin.

5 Benefits of Mineral Makeup

1. They Won’t Irritate your Skin

Mineral makeup is free from talc, fillers and synthetic ingredients such as mineral oil, petroleum and artificial fragrances, which is why it can be used on even the most sensitive skin.

2. It Keeps your Complexion Clear

Mineral makeup is kind to sensitive and allergy-prone skin and is non-comedogenic.

Also, it won’t clog your pores, which can lead to blemishes and breakouts.

3. It’s a Perfect Post-treatment Choice

Because mineral makeup is so natural and gentle, it can be used after certain surgeries. Not only will it conceal redness, but it will also help heal your skin.

4. Has Natural SPF Properties

I’m a huge advocate of wearing a separate SPF, but any additional sun protection is also a good thing, and mineral makeup can offer that as many of the powders have an SPF of 10 or above.

5. Natural and Organic

Taken from the earth’s minerals, it won’t irritate or cause sensitivity, so you can rest assured that what you are putting on your skin is as natural as possible.

Mineral Makeup Companies

With over 30 years of experience working in the beauty industry as the founder of the Naked Chemist, I have had the opportunity to work with many different makeup companies producing mineral makeup products.

I have had a lot of exposure to working with this type of makeup on literally hundreds, if not thousands, of clients.

The reason I like working with them so much is that it’s the perfect post-treatment makeup, it is also ideal for anyone with inflammation who requires coverage, and the fact that it is non-comedogenic makes it an excellent option for those with oily or combination skin or if they suffer from breakouts or acne.

The following recommendations are my top tried and tested mineral makeup cosmetics that I love to use.

This is because of their commitment to staying as true to their original form as possible and because they create natural-looking mineral makeup that offers a tremendous healing effect on your skin.

Afterglow cosmetics

This brand bridges the gap between fashionable cosmetics and purity.

Their commitment to creating a range of safe organic mineral makeup that is from synthetic ingredients is commendable.

With their recent coverage of organic mineral makeup cosmetics, After Glo cosmetics are certainly bucking the trend and paving the way for a new, healthier way of thinking regarding mineral makeup.

Bare Minerals

This is considered one of the best mineral makeup brands.

They offer a fantastic range of makeup colours and textures and have one of the best products for dry skin: a lightweight mineral makeup foundation that comes in a liquid formula with excellent moisturising properties is one of their top-selling formulas.

Bare Minerals works hard to keep its ingredients as pure as possible.

Jane Iredale

This was one of the first cosmetic ranges to supply a professional mineral makeup range to the beauty industry and had an excellent reputation in the beauty world.

Jane Iredale’s philosophy is to be upfront and honest about their ingredients, adopting a natural approach to their formulas, making them a personal favourite of many in the industry.


The mineral range is 100% natural with no fillers and offers a beautiful selection.

The owner of this company started her career as a therapist, working with dermatologists and skincare specialists; she noticed a gap in the market for a range of makeup suitable for people with severely damaged skin.

This led her to create her natural mineral makeup range Youngblood, which offers full camouflage coverage and protection, helping heal skin and restore it to health.

Glo Mineral Makeup

This company offers an extensive range of fun minerals that appeal to the younger market.

Their philosophy is very much based on the skin-enhancing benefits of the ingredients and includes skin-loving ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamins, and green tea extracts.

Understanding Mineral Makeup Ingredients

Let’s look at some of the terminology around minerals because deciphering the laundry list of ingredients can be confusing.


Kaolin is often added as a mineral makeup base, as it helps absorb water and oil that can build up on your skin’s surface.


Zinc and magnesium stearate are often added to help the minerals adhere to your skin more effectively.


The silky, matte appearance and texture of mineral powders are created by occasionally using chalk, starch, and even powdered silk.


Dyes are soluble agents that give colour to the mineral makeup product; they are used in lipsticks to penetrate and dye the surface.


These are insoluble powder colouring agents which are crushed, washed, and used either raw or burnt, giving mineral makeup colour by mixing with the product, leaving the skin with a coat of pigment.

These are the safest and most natural choices of colour for mineral makeup.


Mineral makeup foundation comes in different forms and textures, often as a loose powder and is the best makeup choice if you have oily or combination skin.

They are usually formulated with kaolin, zinc oxide, and starch, which help make compacts more compressible; a binder such as wax or gum is often added to the formula to form the compact.

These ingredients also help your products adhere to your skin more easily, absorbing excess oil off the surface to prevent shine.

Liquid foundations are usually a powder dispersed in water and glycerol, with oils and preservatives added.

Mineral Makeup Ingredients to Avoid

Sadly not all companies have integrity, and there are some ingredients to watch out for in your mineral makeup:

Bismuth Oxychloride

This deserves its special mention because although it is a mineral, it does not occur naturally; it is a by-product of lead and copper processing mixed with chloride.

It’s popular because it acts as a highlighting agent that imparts a shimmer on the skin and is considered more effective than mica.

It can be toxic and causes reactions in some people, so it is best to use mineral makeup that doesn’t contain it.


These include talc and cornstarch and are often used because they are cost-effective. Fillers affect the quality of the product and dilute the colour.

If you ever feel like you have to layer on a product, it is probably because fillers have been included.

To conclude. The naked truth

As discussed above, there are some fantastic companies with integrity and a commitment to creating mineral makeup that is extremely healing whilst having great coverage and colours.

However, it is essential to note that it is not always easy to fully understand what we purchase regarding minerals and how “pure” they are can be debatable.

Not all mineral-based cosmetics are created equally; because of this, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the different ingredients in formulations.

This, coupled with the fact that the makeup industry is not governed by strict regulations regarding purity and advertising claims, means they can include any ingredients in their formulations.

Companies can market their mineral makeup products as natural when they contain unnatural ingredients, so become your label detective and always check the inci list before buying.

But once you find a good one, you won’t look back; their healing, non-comedogenic properties will help heal your skin, restoring it back to its youthful, healthy glow.

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