Are you still supposed to use baby powder?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends against using baby powder since babies don't really need it (or most other lotions and oils, for that matter) and it can sometimes irritate their already-sensitive, delicate skin. The AAP also says that baby powder can be harmful to little ones if a lot is inhaled.
Experts recommend against it because of the risk of respiratory problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics points out that baby powder can cause breathing trouble and lung damage for babies if they inhale the particles. (And it's hard to keep powder out of the air when you're using it.)
These powders are often used to prevent or treat diaper rash around infants' bottoms and genital areas. Women also commonly use these powders on their genitals to reduce feminine odors. Adult men and women may also use baby powder on other parts of their body to soothe rashes or ease friction on the skin.
As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.
We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer,” it said in Friday's announcement.
Some examples of healthy alternatives to baby powder include any moisture-absorbing powders that contain cornstarch, baking soda, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, kaolin clay, rice starch, and oat flour blends.
There are arguments that cornstarch powder and talcum will help to prevent rashes or cure diaper rashes. However, there hasn't been any proven relationship between the powders and yeast infection.
Commercial brands that use arrowroot starch blends include:
- Ora's Amazing Herbal Baby Powder.
- Ora's Amazing Herbal Pure and Simple Body Powder.
- Bee All Natural Organic Baby Powder.
Breathing in talcum powder can lead to very serious lung problems, even death. Use caution when using talcum powder on babies. Talc-free baby powder products are available. Workers who have regularly breathed in talcum powder over long periods of time have developed serious lung damage and cancer.
JOHNSON'S® Baby Powder, made from cosmetic talc, has been a staple of baby care rituals and adult skin care and makeup routines worldwide for over a century.
Is Shower to Shower safe to use now?
Manufacturers continue to maintain that their talc-containing products – such as Shower to Shower and J&J's iconic Baby Powder — are perfectly safe for their intended purpose, but several juries have ruled that consumers were not properly warned about potential health risks, particularly when the powder is applied near ...
Some people assigned female at birth (AFAB) use talcum powder for feminine hygiene, sprinkling it on their genitals, underwear, pads, diaphragms or tampons. The goal is to soak up sweat and moisture, reduce odors and prevent irritation and friction.
Adding a little boost of powder to your underarms can go a long way. Try patting talcum or baby powder under your arms after applying your deodorant or if you start to feel particularly sweaty throughout the day. It will help to soak up the sweat and prevent odor.
According to Gorsky, the information presented to him by company experts indicated that Johnson & Johnson's talc products, including baby powder, are free from asbestos.
“As a result of this transition, talc-based Johnson's baby powder will be discontinued globally in 2023.” In 2020, the company announced it was to stop selling the talc-based version in North America because of a fall in demand after what it said was “misinformation” about the product's safety and legal challenges.
Baby powder is a common name for talcum powder, as well as the name of the leading brand. Many people use talcum powder to absorb moisture and reduce friction to help prevent rashes and skin irritation.
Talcum powder is a powder made from talc, often used in manufacturing baby powders. Talc is a clay mineral and is the softest mineral, made of hydrated magnesium silicate. It is then finely ground to create a smooth and silky powder. This powdered form of talc is mixed with cornstarch to make baby powder.
In 2020, J&J announced that it would stop selling its talc Baby Powder in the United States and Canada because demand had fallen in the wake of what it called "misinformation" about the product's safety amid a barrage of legal challenges.
“Johnson & Johnson's decision to shift away from talcum powder to an 'all cornstarch-based baby powder portfolio' will align with the ongoing demand for 'natural' formulations and reassure consumers that the firm is addressing their concerns—though Johnson & Johnson maintains that its original formulation is safe.”
“We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder is safe, and does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer.”
Can I use flour as baby powder?
Flour. The best types of flour to use as a baby powder alternative are rice, corn, and oat flours. All of these are slightly coarser than cornstarch and baking soda though, so do not expect it to feel as smooth on your skin. However, these are still safer alternatives to talcum powder.
- All-Natural Cornstarch.
- Fresh Balls.
- Jack Black Dry Down Friction-Free Powder [update: no longer available]
- Anti-Monkey Butt Powder.
- Balla Powder.
- Baby Powder.
- Pinaud-Clubman Body Powder.
- Dry+Goods Spray.
Women should not use products containing the naturally occurring mineral – like baby powder, genital antiperspirants and deodorants, body wipes, and bath bombs – on their genitals, according to a new report by Health Canada, the country's governmental health body.
Some personal care products, such as scented toilet paper, spermicides, douches, and deodorant sprays and powder, can irritate the urethra or lead to UTIs in some women. Your doctor may recommend avoiding them.
When your feet are nice and dry, apply a medicated foot powder or spray of your choice to between and under your toes. Don't use baby powder or corn starch, as these aren't intended to treat athlete's foot, and tend to clump when they get wet, i.e. perspired on.