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Aluminum oxide

* A crystalline compound of Aluminum and Oxygen. Also known as Alumina.

Primarily used as an abrasive and thickening agent, but also functions as an anti-caking agent and absorbent. It can be found in cosmetic products like blush, powder foundation, lipstick and facial cleanser. It also acts as an insoluble carrier for mineral pigment, and is frequently mixed into mineral powder makeup. Because of its abrasive texture, many use these crystals to exfoliate and resurface the skin-particularly with Microdermabrasion.

* A crystalline compound of Aluminum and Oxygen. Also known as Alumina.

Functions:

Primarily used as an abrasive and thickening agent, but also functions as an anti-caking agent and absorbent. It can be found in cosmetic products like blush, powder foundation, lipstick and facial cleanser. It also acts as an insoluble carrier for mineral pigment, and is frequently mixed into mineral powder makeup. Because of its abrasive texture, many use these crystals to exfoliate and resurface the skin-particularly with Microdermabrasion.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Aluminum Oxide does not penetrate the skin. Both the FDA and BDIH regard it as safe to use for cosmetic purposes. However, it must be noted that aluminum is a neurotoxin. Studies show toxicty with inhalation or injection (source).

Products w/Aluminum oxide:

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