Pros And Cons of Talcum Powder

There are major differences in the ingredients of talcum powder and baby powder. There are similarities between these two types of powders too. Both these powders are used all over the world by a large number of consumers.

Talcum Powder and Baby Powder:

Talcum powder contains talc which is basically a mineral known as hydrated magnesium silicate. It is clear and lustrous. It is usually applied on to the face and body. Today most of the powders include talc as it is one of the main ingredients in talcum powder.

Baby powders are safe and mild. It is usually made of cornstarch or talc. Today most of the baby products are made safe for babies as talc is considered to be harmful to health. Baby powder contains pure cornstarch, sodium bicarbonate and zinc oxide. It also contains various other soothing elements such as calendula, olive extracts, aloe vera, rose extract, vitamin E, lavender and so forth.

Different types of baby powders contain different types of compounds. But it is safe to use on babies. Baby powder can also be used by adults as it is safer than talcum powder.

Even though talcum powder is related to a number of health issues, it possesses some advantageous qualities. It helps to prevent chaffing and skin sores caused due to excessive sweating. It also absorbs moisture and keeps the skin dry and clean.

While baby powder is mild and soothing, talcum powder is strong. It eliminates germs and keeps the skin free from rashes and skin disorders. It can also be used for a variety of other purposes. It is often used on bed sheets and covers during summers to avoid discomfort. Talc can be applied on to the clothes to remove stains too.

Talc is also used to prevent ant infestation. It can be applied on to the cracks in the walls to prevent ants and termites.

Nevertheless, talcum powder is often related to a series of health issues which include cancer and tumors. It should not be applied on babies as it can cause suffocation and breathing problems. The powder should neither be inhaled nor ingested as it can cause serious health issues.

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