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What is the difference between cornstarch baby powder and talcum baby powder?

What is the difference between cornstarch baby powder and talcum baby powder?

Ingedient: Corn starch is used in most baby powders today because it is safer, particularly if you breath some of it in. Talc is made from the mineral talc and can be harmful to the lungs if breathed in in sufficient quantities. We don't recommend talc for babies. ...Read more

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Hi, Am from india, My face is darker than my body. can you please tell me what to do?. I use only Garnier men's facewash and talcum powder after wash.

Hi, Am from india, My face is darker than my body. can you please tell me what to do?. I use only Garnier men's facewash and talcum powder after wash.

Neat and clean with: a pleasant disposition is the way to go. That will bring more light to our world than a lighter face. Please don't measure your self-worth by skin color. One day your opinion may reverse and you may want to darken your face. I respect the fact that you are a young and health male and want to look attractive but who you are and what you do is the real attraction. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Just out of curiosity, is talcum powder also linked to alzheimer's disease? My grandfather was an avid user and developed alzheimer's.

Just out of curiosity, is talcum powder also linked to alzheimer's disease? My grandfather was an avid user and developed alzheimer's.

Almost certainly not: It would be theoretically from the tiny amount of aluminum that is found in some talcum powders. But that link has been almost certainly discredited. http://ehso.com/ehshome/alzheimers.htm So, this should satisfy your curiosity. ...Read more

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Why is talcum powder a cause of ovarian cancer?

Why is talcum powder a cause of ovarian cancer?

Talc in ovarian ca: One explanation for a possible association between talc and ovarian cancer is that decades ago talcum powder was sometimes contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. ...Read more

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Title news story said JJ baby powder caused cervical cancer due to "talcum" in powder. Was cancer caused from use on skin or internally?

Title news story said JJ baby powder caused cervical cancer due to "talcum" in powder. Was cancer caused from use on skin or internally?

Talcum unlikely prob: Studies show that talcum powder, which is a silicate like asbestos, is not likely to cause ovarian cancer. Studies investigated the introduction of talc on talc dusted diaphragms and condoms and concluded that it was not likely the cause. Correlation, not causation. The USPST recommends women get their pap smear and genetic testing and because HPV is associated with cervical cancer. See OB/GYN. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use talcum powder to keep moisture away from your C-section cut post 2wks?

Is it safe to use talcum powder to keep moisture away from your C-section cut post 2wks?

Ok if healed/closed: It is ok if the wound i'd completely healed and closed. Otherwise talc in a wound can cause increased scarring. ...Read more

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Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Maybe: Great question. There is some data that talc crystals have been found on surface ovarian cancers increasing the suspicion that talc is involved in ovarian cancer. There is also data that getting a tubal ligation, which can prevent talc crystals from getting to ovary, can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. However, the exact answer is not known. Best idea is to avoid talc in the vagina or vulva. ...Read more

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I'm 10 weeks preg. I use talcum powder with salicylic acid everyday very often. Is it safe to use during pregnancy?

I'm 10 weeks preg. I use talcum powder with salicylic acid everyday very often. Is it safe to use during pregnancy?

Talcum powder,no: Talcum powder in the vulvar area has been associated with a number of different long term issues. Aspirin is actually being used to help prevent pregnancy induced hypertension (pre eclampsia). ...Read more

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My palms are itching and there is redness with slight swelling . The itchiness seems to stop after applying talcum powder but returns after sometime.

My palms are itching and there is redness with slight swelling . The itchiness seems to stop after applying talcum powder but returns after sometime.

Hand dermatitis: You may have inflammation in the hand, may be from contact with some irritant or frequent hand washing can also cause problems. Try to avoid frequent hand wash or use gloves, if not getting better with this measures have yourself examined to rule out any other reason for the itching. ...Read more