Make-up without titanium dioxide?

by (555) Updated July 02, 2014 at 1:27 AM 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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4337 · December 19, 2010 at 3:17 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.

13928 · December 19, 2010 at 6:15 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.

20 · December 19, 2010 at 5:04 AM

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

596 · July 21, 2012 at 4:28 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?

0 · July 02, 2014 at 1:27 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.

0 · May 21, 2014 at 7:38 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!

10 · July 07, 2013 at 6:52 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.

0 · July 07, 2013 at 5:44 PM


0 · June 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

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

0 · April 25, 2013 at 6:02 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.

775 · July 21, 2012 at 5:44 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.

367 · February 08, 2012 at 4:25 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.

0 · February 08, 2012 at 10:04 AM

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

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