Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bismuth Oxychloride In Mineral Makeup

Several mineral makeups list Bismuth Oxychlroride as an ingredient. While Bismuth does occur naturally in the Earth (and chemically resembles Arsenic), it isn't economical to mine it. To make meet the demands for it, it is created as a by-product from refining lead and copper. The Bismuth then undergoes processes to become Bismuth Chloride. Neither the Bismuth nor the Bismuth Chloride is safe to use. It then undergoes even more processes before becoming Bismuth Oxychloride. Therefore, it is not a natural ingredient. Other reasons to stay away from this ingredient:

  • It can clog your pores
  • It is known to irritate your skin
  • Can cause cystic acne

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