I had just started using the Revlon Mineral Powder, when I noticed a strange chemical smell coming from my pores.
I went back to my kitchen and scrubbed my hands clean, then put the powder in my purse.
It felt really weird, but the smell was gone.
I tried it on a second time and I could barely feel it.
When I got home, I looked at my pores again and realized I was still getting a smell.
My skin was feeling really oily.
I was also experiencing a weird, burning sensation in my arms and legs.
I called dermatologist Dr. James W. Wren to find out what was going on.
“This is what you’re dealing with,” he said.
“It’s not a problem that you’re getting on your skin.”
Dr. Wengen is a dermatologist in New York City and has been treating acne for decades.
“There are actually two types of oil that cause this problem: natural and synthetic,” he explained.
“Natural oil can come from your skin, like oil from a massage oil bottle, and can be produced by your own skin cells.”
Dr Wren recommended that you use a cleanser and apply a moisturizer to your face every other day, but he said you can also use mineral oil to “mask” your pores.
“If you’re using mineral oil in conjunction with a cleansers, you want to apply it on the underside of the skin instead of the top,” he continued.
“I think the reason it’s been around for so long is because it’s a very good moisturizer.
It really moisturizes the skin.”
I noticed mineral oil was being applied to my skin as if it were a moisturizing cream.
I wondered if this was how it was supposed to work.
Dr. John L. Wenzler, a dermatology resident and dermatologist, agreed that mineral oil should be applied to your skin.
“Most of the time mineral oil does not cause an acne response,” he told me.
“What happens is the oil has an oil-absorbing capacity that helps to absorb and remove the dead skin cells, so that the oil is less irritating.”
Dr L. says that it’s possible for a mineral oil product to cause a pimple to grow.
But if it does, the oil will leave a “soft spot” that’s too small to see through, and it will be too oily to use to remove the pimple.
But a pimpled pimple can still heal itself.
I did see some improvement, however.
I had stopped using the mineral oil and had started using a moisturiser.
I noticed my skin’s pores were getting tighter, and I felt my pores lessened, too.
But my pores were still not getting any more oily, and the skin felt noticeably better.
It was good to have a little bit of success, but it was also hard to know if my new routine would have worked.
“People often try to minimize the amount of oil they use on their skin,” Dr Wenzlers said.
He explained that if you’re trying to use a mineral cream on your face, you might use too much and the oil can start to clog your pores and cause irritation.
“The natural oil in mineral oil can actually help you to get rid of oil because it absorbs into the skin and gets rid of it.
So the natural oil actually helps to make your skin feel better and less irritated.”
But if you want a little more control over the amount and type of oil you use on your pores, Dr Wengens suggested you use mineral powder instead.
“That way you can get the exact amount that works for you,” he added.
“So if you don’t want to get the oil, you don: Use a moisturising cream instead.”
Dr John L Wenzner, a physician and dermatology assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explained that mineral powder can help to minimize or even eliminate acne scars, but its effectiveness is dependent on how you apply it.
“When you apply mineral powder on your own, it’s very sensitive, so it can irritate your skin,” he noted.
“But you have to be careful about the amount you apply because mineral powder is a very fine powder, so you don, you know, it can cause a lot of irritation.
You can also add a bit of water or a cream to it and it can be quite gentle on your body.
But when you use it on someone else, it has a much stronger, more irritating effect.”
When it comes to acne scars and their healing, Dr. L. and Dr W. agreed that using a mineral powder to get them “fixed” would not help.
“They’re not going to get better,” he admitted.
“You can’t fix them with natural oil.”
But Dr Wetzler also said that you could use mineral powders to help the skin heal.
“Your skin needs time to heal