I just received a question on Instagram from a follower who has been using Bare Minerals for years (on my recommendation!) but has recently been breaking out. She writes:
“Have you done a recent post about your skincare/makeup routine? I used Bare Minerals for years upon your recommendation but lately it’s been making me breakout. Would love your suggestions!”
Another one of my followers then piped up:
“That explains my lack of love for Bare Minerals these days. I have slight acne and need some affordable makeup that won’t worsen my skin.”
It made me think: Bare Escentuals was bought by Shiseido a few years ago (for more than one BIIIIILLION dollars…no, really). Typically, when an indie brand is acquired by a huge conglomerate, the New Mommy changes the formulations to increase production and decrease costs, with the end result being that quality inevitably declines.
I’ve been Bare Minerals’ number one fan for years, but even before the merger, I’d get occasional emails from people saying that Bare Minerals clogged their pores, settled into fine lines and looked cakey (especially for those with dry skin), or gave them rashes (for those with Bismuth Oxychloride or Mica sensitivities). The launch of Matte Bare Minerals seemed to help: that formulation didn’t have Bismuth Oxychloride (which diffuses light and is what gives Bare Minerals Original its skin-glowing sheen), but there were still many people who didn’t like the new Matte version and preferred the Original. Six of one, half-dozen of another, I suppose.
So, back to the question at hand: does Bare Minerals cause acne?
From the beginning, I’ve never had anything but great experiences with Bare Minerals. When I started using it, my skin frequently broke out from liquid foundations; after hopping on the BE bandwagon, my skin improved and I’ve never looked back. But that doesn’t mean other people’s negative reactions aren’t very real: I’m curious to know your own experiences with Bare Minerals.
Have you seen a decrease in quality over the past few years? If so, I’d love to hear from you.