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Re: Bare Minerals?
Jan 2, 2007
My basic opinion on the Bare Minerals line is that it's only amazing on people who already have pretty good skin. It works wonders for covering up freckles, rosacea and other 2 dimensional problems. But I have raised bumps, scars, and scabs and it doesn't cover them worth a dime.

And as far as it being good for acne or not clogging pores, that isn't clinically proven. It may claim to not clog pores, but notice how none of their packaging or statements anywhere say that the makeup is non-comedogenic. The minerals do refresh the skin by moisturizing and rejuvenating it and you might notice you appear to "glow" more after wearing Bare Minerals, but it is *NOT* necessarily good for clearing up acne.

I went into a Bare Escentuals retail store to ask questions after noticing that it did indeed have some effect on my breakouts, and all the employees claimed that I must be "allergic" to it and that my pimples were actually "hives".

The supposed conveniance of applying the makeup is also something I don't really see. It is not necessarily easier to apply than liquid foundation, and forget about trying to do your makeup in your car, or refreshing it in a public or work bathroom. The powder gets everywhere and you have to carry the special brush with you, etc.

Now, that said, I do own the Bare Minerals foundation and I use it on occassion. I like the fresh, glowing look it gives me and how light it feels on. I alternate between it and MAC full coverage stuff, depending on the level of coverage I want for the day's events.
Re: Bare Minerals?
Jan 6, 2007
I just found your post and have to add my thoughts on Bare Minerals because I've been using it since Sept 06. First, my acne lifeline, if you will: I have had terrible, terrible skin since the 5th grade. Been on Accutane twice, minocycline, doxycycline, retin-A, benzaclin, bcp, every over the counter cream and treatment you can name. I still get breakouts, but nothing compared to before Accutane, thank goodness. Anyway, my skin gets really oily and makeup either slides off or looks cakey (from all the drying meds) and it all makes me break out.
I currently only use Ortho-tri-cyclen and Benzaclin for my skin. This has been my regimen for about five years and like I said, I still break out, usually around my cycle, but the blemishes go away fast and don't leave those awful red marks behind like my old acne used to.
I bought the bare minerals starter kit in Sept not knowing what to expect. I love this stuff. I now get an occassional pimple here and there,less even than I got before the makeup. I wear it all day and it looks the same morning till night, and it has not irritated my skin in any way. I actually get compliments on my skin now. Me, the person who has battled terrible acne since 5th grade!
The makeup will NOT clear your skin up, but it will make it look great if you don't overdo it. A tiny bit is all you need. What has been amazing, however, is their night treatment called rare minerals. It's a powder, just like the makeup, so you go to bed looking great and this stuff really improves my skin. I'm 32 now and not only do I feel like my acne has improved with this, but I have less red splotchiness and ruddiness. I personally love it. However, having battled skin problems for so long and reading all of the "testimonials" of countless products only to try them myself and be heartbroken, I can only say it's worked great for me. I hope it will for you as well--good luck!

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