Did you wake up today with a swollen eye? How about itchy, red skin? Dry, flaky skin with welts? How about cystic acne out of nowhere or bad breakouts like you've never had before? If this sounds like you, you're not alone. Amazingly, 75% of women are suffering right along with you.
Why? Your cosmetics that you're using. Especially mineral makeup or any product that gives you a sheen or glow. As beautiful as these products make your skin look (initially) they are toxic and can cause serious damage even after you discontinue using them. The ingredient that's the culprit is called Bismuth Oxychloride. What is it?
Most of the bismuth produced in the USA is as a by-product from refining lead, tin, copper, silver and gold ores. Bismuth by itself is not safe to use in cosmetics and must be refined and combined with other elements (oxygen and chlorine) in which you get Bismuth Oxychloride. It is closely chemically related to arsenic and is a natural metal, it's number 83 on the periodic table. This explains the pearl like shine that it beautifully gives the face/skin. Bismuth Oxychloride is used in hairsprays, powders, eyeshadows and nail polishes.
Studies have shown that 75% of women have reactions to Bismuth Oxychloride. Pustules, welts, swelling, extreme itchiness, redness and rash. So why do cosmetic companies continue to tout this as safe and use it in their cosmetics? The FDA deems it safe to be used in cosmetics and producers of Bismuth Oxychloride will argue that it is safe.
The choice, however, will depend on the woman purchasing these products containing this metal. Will you choose to use mineral makeup containing this while "grinding" it into your face with your Kabuki brush? Dealing with the aftermath of inflamed and irritated skin? The choice is always up to the consumer. Awareness, however should be up to the cosmetic companies. Just as we all know cigarettes are bad and tobacco companies list on the packaging that it is, in fact bad for us. Therefore, cosmetic companies should start being responsible and place labels on cosmetics that contain this known irritant and let the public decide to purchase them or not.
What are two leading cosmetic companies that use Bismuth Oxychloride in their products?
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish products
Article update 1/26/12: For my reaction I have recently opted to use homeopathic therapy. For my specific condition I used Urtica Urens 30C, Rhus toxicodendron 30C and Arsenicum album 30C. I used a therapeutic dosage to start, meaning I took 5 pellets of each medicine every 45 minutes for the first 7 hours. Relief came after only 3 hours, my welts, redness and itchiness were gone upon waking the next day. I carried on with treatment at regular times thereafter. 5 pellets of each medicine every 3-4 hours. Hope this helps someone!
Until next time.......Stay beautiful Jackson!
**I personally used MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle high on my cheekbones and up to the temple. Less than 6 hours later around my eyes and my cheekbones began to itch. The next morning I woke up with two swollen eyes, dry and peeling skin. It took me three months to realize what was causing my horrific reaction. Through process of elimination, I identified Bismuth Oxychloride as the irritant. Please know that many woman will have ongoing skin problems even after discontinuing the use of this. I, myself have not fully dispelled this metal from my pores completely as I still have some faint itching and a small lump under my left eye from the initial swelling I endured. **