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Make-up without titanium dioxide?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 19, 2010 at 4:42 AM

Other questions have been asked about cleaner / healthier brands of make-up, but I'm specificially looking for make-up without titanium dioxide. It seems that most brands have it, even the mineral make-ups.

I just came across the following in Primal Body - Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas:

"Another additive of concern is titanium dioxide, which "rapidly damages neurons at low concentrations in complex brain cultures" (Long et al, 2007). Also, titanium dioxide has recently been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen "possibly carcinogenic to humans" (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety). This substance is also widely used in cosmetics and sun-block lotions. In addition, it has been strongly linked to autoimmune conditions (Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD).

Has anyone been able to find make-up that has clean ingredients, and doesn't include titanium dioxide?

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on March 15, 2014
at 09:28 PM

I take the same B-Right from Jarrow. Thanks for sharing Flip 2! What a coincidence yesterday my chiropractor told me that I was sensitive to titanium and we thought it was my make-up. So its in the capsules?? Well, then I'm going to open my capules and pour them into my smoothies.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 07, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Titanium nanoparticles are used when you want the substance to be invisible, like with mineral sunscreen. Since titanium dioxide is used in cosmetics as a pigment, I imagine they're using the traditional kind.

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

(614)

on February 08, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I am a materials engineer in the area of nano-material composites. There are currently ZERO government regulations for the adding and handling of nanoparticles. Zero. In my business, when we handle nanoparticles, we use gloves, full body suits, and respirators. I would never ever ever put nanoparticles on my face. They are great for improving material properties when incorporated into a polymer system, but when they are out in the open, they can be very damaging.

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 05:25 PM

@Cave Man Mind - I've heard that coconut oil has some slight sunscreen properties. It also somehow makes sense to me that if I put some on, and my skin is more "nourished" rather than dry, maybe it'll be more protected. Also, some believe that antioxidants protect against the sun, and coconut oil is said to be rich in antioxidants. Having said that, I know coconut oil is often used in tanning lotions, so I don't know about the proceess there versus sun protection..

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 05:14 PM

Was just thinking... if titanium dioxide was only given a "2" on Skin Deep, and it's being potentially linked to cancer and autoimmune diseases, then think of all the other ingredients that ranked higher (worse).. maybe it has something to do with what Jay said about it being "basically inert".. dunno..

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on December 19, 2010
at 05:01 PM

@ Primalist - Nope. No foundation on a daily basis. And I've tried coconut oil as a moisturizer. Love it! @ Cave Man Mind - I do not wear sunscreen. Ever. Unless someone forces it on me and then I don't know what it is, because I'm not looking at the bottle - I'm too busy kicking and screaming.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on December 19, 2010
at 04:48 PM

not in the Miessence toothpaste ;)

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on December 19, 2010
at 04:47 PM

I use Miessence too, it is really great, I would recommend their range. The toothpaste is also fantastic. Good call Sarah.......

2afe070b43de645b908b3cb1f4723811

(144)

on December 19, 2010
at 04:12 PM

Yikes, it's even used as a whitener in toothpaste - more reasons to avoid, in addition to the fluoride.

3995458c8ba769c7e95d07a2e438d875

on December 19, 2010
at 10:06 AM

gilliebean, slightly ot but not really, do you wear a sunscreen on your face daily? if so what? if not what do you wear when required (whole day at the beach, etc)? Thanks!

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 06:42 AM

Interesting - has cleaner ingredients than most I've seen.. (http://www.miorganicproducts.com/miessence-cosmetics.php) Got a "2" on Skin Deep, although has some "4" ingredients (the lower the better).. thanks for the suggestion.. how does your skin like it, have the breakouts stopped?

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 06:35 AM

Thanks for the detailed response :) So I guess you're saying that you don't use foundation on a daily basis? I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, but I would like to find a very light/sheer foundation that I could wear as often as I wanted, without having to worry much about the ingredients.. I'll check out Skin Deep again - looks like the site has a lot more info now than when it first started out.

Bcb9716d5d40965c0045c7d226cd17c2

(145)

on December 19, 2010
at 05:07 AM

I imagine you'll get a cornucopia of answers suggesting you forgo make-up altogether... but I for one, am very interested in logical suggestions. I recently tried Korres foundation which includes a hell of a lot of chemical ingredients but no titanium dioxide. It's found on Sephora-natural section.

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4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on December 19, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Titanium dioxide is basically inert, so the problem is not chemical. The problem arises because they use nanoparticles of it - particles so small that they behave in weird ways and seem to damage DNA. The even bigger problem is that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are in a lot more than make-up, as far as I can tell. Are we all getting cancer? Probably not, but I wish gov't/industry/society didn't dispense with the precautionary pronciple so ea$ily these days.

2afe070b43de645b908b3cb1f4723811

(144)

on December 19, 2010
at 04:12 PM

Yikes, it's even used as a whitener in toothpaste - more reasons to avoid, in addition to the fluoride.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on December 19, 2010
at 04:48 PM

not in the Miessence toothpaste ;)

88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

(614)

on February 08, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I am a materials engineer in the area of nano-material composites. There are currently ZERO government regulations for the adding and handling of nanoparticles. Zero. In my business, when we handle nanoparticles, we use gloves, full body suits, and respirators. I would never ever ever put nanoparticles on my face. They are great for improving material properties when incorporated into a polymer system, but when they are out in the open, they can be very damaging.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 07, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Titanium nanoparticles are used when you want the substance to be invisible, like with mineral sunscreen. Since titanium dioxide is used in cosmetics as a pigment, I imagine they're using the traditional kind.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on December 19, 2010
at 06:15 AM

Environmental Working Group has a great website called SKIN DEEP Cosmetic Safety Database.

You can do an advanced search for specific products that do not contain Titanium Dioxide. There are plenty of foundations that do not have Titanium Dioxide, as this list of results indicates! Such as:

However, from the website it appears that although there are some health concerns associated with Titanium Dioxide, it's only a hazard of 2 on a scale of 0 to 10. Even if you find a product that does not contain Titanium Dioxide, there may be other ingredients present that are even more of a health concern.

I suggest that you check your own cosmetics on the SKIN DEEP website and see for yourself.

Here's my $0.02 - because our skin absorbs much of what we slather onto it, I'm careful to use only products (daily) that contain things I'd feel comfortable ingesting. On rare occasions, I'll use the more conventional cosmetics, but that's only once a month or so. For example, I use a lotion that's 100% shea butter and I put a mineral powder foundation over that. I don't use eye-liner or eye-shadow, but I just put mascara on the tips of my lashes. I use Burt's Bees Lip Balms or another similar lip balm, with or without a colour. I don't use blush. I hope this helps. :)

*Just a note: I don't use any of these five listed foundations, so I have no idea how good they are. I use Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Mineral Powder Foundation.

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 06:35 AM

Thanks for the detailed response :) So I guess you're saying that you don't use foundation on a daily basis? I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, but I would like to find a very light/sheer foundation that I could wear as often as I wanted, without having to worry much about the ingredients.. I'll check out Skin Deep again - looks like the site has a lot more info now than when it first started out.

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 05:25 PM

@Cave Man Mind - I've heard that coconut oil has some slight sunscreen properties. It also somehow makes sense to me that if I put some on, and my skin is more "nourished" rather than dry, maybe it'll be more protected. Also, some believe that antioxidants protect against the sun, and coconut oil is said to be rich in antioxidants. Having said that, I know coconut oil is often used in tanning lotions, so I don't know about the proceess there versus sun protection..

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 05:14 PM

Was just thinking... if titanium dioxide was only given a "2" on Skin Deep, and it's being potentially linked to cancer and autoimmune diseases, then think of all the other ingredients that ranked higher (worse).. maybe it has something to do with what Jay said about it being "basically inert".. dunno..

3995458c8ba769c7e95d07a2e438d875

on December 19, 2010
at 10:06 AM

gilliebean, slightly ot but not really, do you wear a sunscreen on your face daily? if so what? if not what do you wear when required (whole day at the beach, etc)? Thanks!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on December 19, 2010
at 05:01 PM

@ Primalist - Nope. No foundation on a daily basis. And I've tried coconut oil as a moisturizer. Love it! @ Cave Man Mind - I do not wear sunscreen. Ever. Unless someone forces it on me and then I don't know what it is, because I'm not looking at the bottle - I'm too busy kicking and screaming.

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9077bc1be691d0442846884c16dfd79e

on December 19, 2010
at 05:04 AM

My skin has been breaking out so I tried Miessence which has no titanium dioxide. It's very light coverage though.

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on December 19, 2010
at 06:42 AM

Interesting - has cleaner ingredients than most I've seen.. (http://www.miorganicproducts.com/miessence-cosmetics.php) Got a "2" on Skin Deep, although has some "4" ingredients (the lower the better).. thanks for the suggestion.. how does your skin like it, have the breakouts stopped?

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on December 19, 2010
at 04:47 PM

I use Miessence too, it is really great, I would recommend their range. The toothpaste is also fantastic. Good call Sarah.......

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20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

(596)

on July 21, 2012
at 04:28 PM

I've been looking for a good Vitamin B complex from iherb and found B-Right from Jarrow Formulas. Unfurtunately it as titanium dioxide in the capsule. Do you belive that ditching the capsule and pour the content on a glass of water yealds any concerns over the absorption of the Vitamins?

889e5208c95c6f9f9222229a322ac5f1

on March 15, 2014
at 09:28 PM

I take the same B-Right from Jarrow. Thanks for sharing Flip 2! What a coincidence yesterday my chiropractor told me that I was sensitive to titanium and we thought it was my make-up. So its in the capsules?? Well, then I'm going to open my capules and pour them into my smoothies.

0
1ab17946694acc67ef78ee86eb6d8bb0

on July 02, 2014
at 01:27 AM

I have been in search of mineral makeup that doesn't have bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide or mica and since ultramarines and chromium are not approved for the lips I don't want it on my skin either. I looked into epic beauty but they use ultramarines in their foundation, I looked into christopher drummond but they use mica and ultramarines in their foundation. So after a long exhaustive search I was finally making peace with the reality that such a foundation did not exist and then when I wasn't even looking anymore I was telling this girl I met at the salon about my quest and about how such a product doesn't exist and she told me about NudiSkin Cosmetics, I visited the site she told me about, nudiskin.com and I looked at their Titanium Dioxide and Mica free foundation and alas I found it! A foundation that doesn't have all the things I don't want. I promptly ordered a sample of their Classic Gold which was a perfect match for my skin, never before have I been able to find a perfect match for me, they are usually either slightly too light or slightly too dark but this one was perfect. So I promptly I ordered a large size and I have been wearing it since. My skin is doing so much better and no more breakouts! My esthetician noticed a big difference in the health of my skin and now she is using it too.

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on May 21, 2014
at 07:38 AM

Kjaer Weis has cool packaging, huh, @Jules 1? I'm with the gal who mentioned Epic Mineral Beauty. Decent coverage for not having titanium dioxide, and they also talk about coated particles, which scared me--a whole other thing. Trying to escape crappy ingredients is like a full-time job. I just wish all companies were honest!

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:52 PM

I love the blog "almost exactly," I think you'll find it helpful in addition to EWG. I personally love RMS beauty, Ilia and Kjaer Weis.

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on July 07, 2013
at 05:44 PM

www.christopherdrummond.com

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on June 20, 2013
at 07:44 AM

Epic Mineral Beauty doesn't use titanium dioxide or mica.

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on April 25, 2013
at 06:02 PM

hi i have been getting my make up from rejuva. i am allergic to titanium dioxide. my symptoms are. itch under the skin, irritable eyes - like gravel in them all the time and headaches. titanium is almost in everything: make up, lotions andd cremes, medications (all meds) even gravel,tylenol the red ones, (i had to quit all my meds and they had to find something to replace them)toothpaste, nail polish, and jewellery, (rings, watches, necklaces)the list goes on.

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on July 21, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Mineral makeup doesn't usually use nano sized titanium dioxide, because the idea is that it should be bigger sized so that it shows, sunscreens use the nano sized titanium, and nano sized zinc, so that it would not show on the skin.

Also, some nutritional supplements use nano sized titanium dioxide. Nano sized zinc has been recently linked to cancer as well when used in sunscreens, but bigger particles should be ok in makeup.

Usually I spray my kabuki brush lightly with rose water, and after that apply my makeup so that I wouldn't get as much powder into my lungs.

I also use NARS sheer glow sometimes, it has a score of 2 on EWG which is pretty good, and luckily no sun screen, it has some silicones, but I'm ok with some cones in my makeup.

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on February 08, 2012
at 04:25 PM

This study about immune system activation by inhalation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles might be informative: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3104284/. Sounds like there are limitations in the study, including the fact that they're replicating workplace exposure of what sounds like very high levels, however those of us that wear foundation every day are undoubtedly inhaling small amounts accumulating over time. I use a mineral foundation with titanium dioxide and do suffer from asthma and other immune system overreactivities and have wondered about my foundation as a factor for awhile. I always notice the mineral smell of it (which is pleasant, actually) but that means of course that particles are going into the lungs. It might not be terrible, but I doubt it's good.

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:04 AM

makeup without tantium dioxide is GLIMPSE TREATMENT MINERAL POWDER....... FRM XANGO

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