The Dangers of Mica and Oxide Mineral Makeup

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The Dangers of Mica and Oxide Mineral Makeup
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Many women wear make-up daily. Because it's applied so often, some women begin to wonder about the possible harmful effects of the make-up they choose. Mineral make-up is often touted as being good for those with sensitive skin and health concerns over traditional make-up varieties; however, the mica and oxides may pose dangers of their own.


Mica may cause scarring of the lungs when it is breathed in. This is much more of a danger to those who come into close contact with large quantities of mica (such as those who work in construction), however, and it is unknown whether mineral make-up can have this effect.

Lung Disease

Mica is also reported to cause lung disease, again in those who work around large quantities of it. The danger comes from breathing in the powder. It is unknown whether it can have this effect in make-up.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide can cause reactions which are similar to a flu, such as sore throat, fever (and subsequent chills) and headaches. According to the International Labor Organization, it is a hazardous substance.

Iron Oxides

According to the Environmental Working Group, potential dangers include bioaccumulation and being absorbed unusually well into the skin. It does, however, list the ingredient as relatively safe.

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