There’s a lot of controversy about talc. From all of the reading I have done, there doesn’t seem to be a whole of evidence either way. Despite that, the very fact that there’s controversy has steered me away from using talc in my skin care routine. In my very simple words, here’s a very short summary on the talc controversy.
Talking about Talc…
There are some who avoid talc because it is thought that it might contain tiny fibers related to asbestos. People are concerned because these fibers could cause talc to behave like asbestos inside your body. For this reason, long-term use of talc is suspected to contribute to serious illness, such as lung cancer.
The use of talc has also been linked to ovarian cancer, for folks who use talc in that area of their body.
On the other hand, I have also read that there are reports that say that talc used in cosmetics have such fibers removed and therefore, there is no need to worry.
Why Do People Use Talc in the First Place?
Talcum powder is great at absorbing extra moisture and keeping your skin dry. Such a product is great as a baby powder for babies in trying to prevent diaper rash and great for adults in avoiding excess moisture during the day. It’s especially good for areas of the body that get sweaty, like underarms and feet.
Alternatives to Talc
As I was getting some skin care products ready before my son’s arrival, I endeavored to make some talc-free baby powder. I’m certainly no expert on talc. However, there’s enough controversy about it for me to look for a less controversial option. Fortunately, I found a few readily available options quite easily. Powders can easily be made with cornstarch, arrowroot powder, oat flour, or baking soda. All of these would be good at keeping the skin dry. I ended up making a powder with a mix or arrowroot, cornstarch and baking soda. (Then, I ended up barely using it because he didn’t need the extra drying power of a baby powder!)
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