Research: Titanium Dioxide, why is it everywhere? #titaniumdioxide #metalallergy #nickelallergy #health #nickelychallenged

Many are asking themselves, what is titanium dioxide? Good question!

It is one of the top fifty chemicals produced worldwide. It is a white, opaque and naturally- occurring mineral found in two main forms: rutile and anatase.
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Where is it found?

  • Orthopedic and surgical implants.

  • Dentistry: in dental implants and as a color pigment in composites.

  • Sunscreen agents: finely ground titanium dioxide blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.

  • Cosmetics: used to brighten and intensify the color of make-up. It is regularly found in eye shadow, blusher, nail polish, lotions, lipstick, and powder.

  • Toothpaste: used as a pigment agent to make the toothpaste whiter.

  • Paint: TiO2 improves the durability of coatings and gives white color.

  • Plastic carrier bags improves durability and gives white color.

  • Medical pills and vitamin supplements may also get their white coating from titanium dioxide.

  • Piercing & Jewelry: for example watches and all types of body piercing. Fewer people are allergic to titanium than, for instance, to nickel. –See more

Lastly, is it safe according to the FDA?

Titanium dioxide is listed as a safe pigment, with no known adverse effects when used in cosmetics, and approved by the FDA when 99% pure. It is not listed as a carcinogen, mutagen, teratogencomedogenic toxin or as a trigger for contact dermatitis in any other safety regulatory publications.
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The affect of Titanium allergy:

Like all metals, titanium releases particles through corrosion. These metals become ions in the body and bind to body proteins. For those who react, the body’s immune system will attack this structure. This starts a chain reaction which can lead to many symptoms including chronic fatigue syndrome. The MELISA test is the only scientifically-proven test which can objectively diagnose titanium allergy and measure its severity.
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Okay, are we all still paying attention? Are your brains fried? Well, mine is. So I began taking my nickel allergy extra serious by steps. I started with no eating out, to nickel free diet, to nickel free cosmetics and vitamins. That is how I found titanium dioxide. I was looking through vitamins and googled all the ingredients and discovered that titanium dioxide does have nickel.

Several studies show that titanium alloys contain traces of nickel as a result of the production process. This can pose trigger health problems in patients with nickel allergy, and also, mean that a reaction may be falsely attributed to titanium itself.
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Titanium dioxide is made up of aluminum, vanadium, nickel (trace).
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That’s why it is shocking to know that the FDA said it isn’t a carcinogen when nickel is. Anyway, I have tried my hardest to be titanium dioxide free but the only problem I come across are pain killers. Since I suffer from cysts in my ovaries, I constantly need pain pills but I haven’t found one that doesn’t have titanium dioxide. Suggestions are welcomed since we are on this journey together.Till next Wednesday,
Stay Titanium dioxide free.

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9 thoughts on “Research: Titanium Dioxide, why is it everywhere?

  1. Miss Diagnoses

    Titanium dioxide liquid or powder and make up and sunscreen don’t bother me. I have products with both on my safe list from my dermatologist. Then again, my nickel allergy is not super severe. The titanium jewelry does not bother me either as long as it has no metal alloys. I have heard of titanium allergy and you can get a regular patch test for it

  2. Miss Diagnoses

    The titanium dioxide mineral makeup was better for me considering my allergies to various other chemicals. It is so scary how you can be allergic to any metal, even zinc oxide. Hoping I don’t become allergic to that because I need sunscreen! I worry about becoming allergic to titanium, but I remove my titanium jewelry after a few hours. I know the allergy is more likely to develop in people who have permanent titanium implants or permanent body jewelry

  3. Miss Diagnoses

    Sorry I wish I could think of some painkillers you could use. I have endometriosis so I know how that kind of thing goes read this was all meant to be one long comment but your blog off my other comment. Not sure why. Maybe because I’m using a tablet.

  4. Miss Diagnoses

    Sorry I wish I could think of some painkillers for you. I have endometriosis so I know how that sort of thing goes. This was all supposed to be one long comment but your blog cut it off for some reason.

  5. Nickely Challenged

    For lip gloss, it makes my lips crack and for make-up I break out severely. Yea, my nickel allergy is in its own degree of severe. So, to clarify titanium metal and titanium dioxide is a bit different. The only reason is that titanium dioxide contains nickel because it is exposed to it. Apparently titanium metal mostly doesn’t have nickel but don’t quote me on that.
    Well, even though my skin has melanin it doesn’t know what to do with it. I need sunscreen as well. I get burnt, sun rashes, and discoloration constantly. I do not know if you need to be worried about getting the allergy, because I don’t think it is like nickel where you can develop the allergy via exposure.
    It is fine, chica. I do use regular painkillers but I only use that with titanium dioxide other than that I feel like I am as titanium dioxide free. I have no idea why the comments are doing that. I am soon going to move to WordPress but I need to know how to do that as effectively as possible.

  6. Charlene

    Hi, I’ve recently discovered I have a nickel allergy as well as a fragrance allergy which is making my life super difficult!! I have been using a soap with Titanium Dioxide and my skin is starting to break out big time!! I should’ve known it contained nickel as their numbers are very similar to iron oxides which can contain nickel. Although your allergy sounds way worse than mine but I was hoping you could offer some recommendations for makeup because I’ve been advised to stay clear of these too but they are in EVERYTHING!! Would be grateful for any advise? x

    1. Barbara Post author

      I would love to help you out. Sorry for the delay in commenting let’s just say who knew a nickel allergy would be as severe as the one I am experiencing. I cannot be around smokers so yeah a i’ve been in a lot of pain lately. As for make-up I mostly recommend nickel tested make-up. Which weirdly enough doesn’t have to compile to the los nickel ingredients. It has the nickel amount in the packaging well most do. But they are usually 1 ppm (parts per million). My pinterest is filled with a lot of options and varieties for your nickel allergy needs the products are either nickel tested or low in nickel via ingredients. So I don’t know about your complexion so I do apologize if you are the same complexion as me or darker than the nickel tested make-up. I mostly use Omiana foundations. They use iron oxide but weirdly enough they don’t give me a reaction. And my face really knows when a makeup is high in nickel. These are the make-up in their collection that are low in nickel. Mineral Powder Foundations, Eyeshadow powder, Liquid Foundation Mousse, Loose Powder Blush, Loose Powder Bronzer, Mineral Veil/ Finishing Powder, Mascara

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

  7. Charlene

    Thank you so much for your reply!!
    I did look at the Omiana after watching your YouTube video just after I wrote to you.
    Unfortunately for me I stay in the UK and they do not ship internationally! On a more positive note I have asked my friend to oust me some out so my fingers are crossed it works for me!
    I never for a second thought my allergies would have such an impact on my life!!
    It seems there are more makeup options available in the States than here which isn’t good for me, I’m also allergic to fragrance which is doubling my trouble!!
    Im trying hard to avoid nickel in food and I’m shocked at the nickel content in food but didn’t think about my kettle and cookware etc the realisation of the extent at what nickel is actually in is blowing me away!!
    I totally appreciate your reply and have had a look on your Pinterest also subscribed to your YouTube channel xx

    1. Barbara Post author

      I got a reply from 100% Pure and they said they nickel test their make-up before and after production. So you should be good on that. Yeah nickel is in everything you will learn it’s in something new every year. You can go to Amazon UK and type nickel tested and I use Ecco Verde for other make-up other than foundation since they don’t have my color.

      If you need recommendations on cookware, let me know.

      Thank for the support and hope you understand my late reply it’s been a hectic couple of months.


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