Do You Use Talcum Powder On Your Body?

September 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Healthy Lifestyle

When I was studying Environmental science some years ago, I was shocked to find out the long-term dangers of using talcum powder on the genital area or bottom (which is where most ladies use it on themselves and where most parents use it on their babies!). At the time, I came across a lot of scientific data that linked a higher risk of ovarian and cervical cancer to the extended use of talcum powder, when used on the genital area. There was also a lot of information relating to high levels of aluminium in many talc products, which we now believe can be linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. When you consider just how many women may be performing this action everyday on themselves, their babies or their grandchildren – it is frightening to think of the potential long-term consequences.

But wait, it gets worse…………

This is what I found recently when doing some research:

Talc can also be contaminated with asbestos!

So, given that long-term exposure of asbestos can increase your risk of certain incurable and fatal lung diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and other forms of malignant lung cancers, it seems like talc may pose even more of a risk than many of us realise.

Certain crayons contain talc with asbestos
Talcum powder can also be found in some children’s crayons and according to information found here:, In 2000, tests in a certified asbestos-testing laboratory found the tremolite form of amphibole asbestos in three out of eight major brands (Crayola, Prang, and Rose Art) of children’s crayons (oil pastels) that are made partly from talc. Overall, 32 different types of crayons from these brands contained more than trace amounts of asbestos, and eight others contained trace amounts.

And what do most kids do with crayons? They rub them (often quite vigorously) on the paper while drawing or colouring in, so ……….
Does this mean that those microscopic asbestos fibres are going straight up their noses and into their lungs??

As a naturopathic practitioner and health scientist, I am astounded by the knowledge that talc may contain asbestos and believe it should be made more public so that people are better able to protect themselves and their children from exposure to toxic substances such as those found in talc.

Cancer rates may drop substantially when the general public become more aware of what types of products to avoid in their homes. It is my intention to provide this type of information on this website and to my clients, so that people can become more informed and be able to make healthier and safer choices for their families.

I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t have talcum powder in my house, let alone use it directly on my body. How do you feel about talcum powder after reading this article? Has it changed the way you view it?

Yours In Great Health,

Sar Rooney BHSc., ND., DC., DASc., GDSc. (Hons), MATMS, MNHAA, MHATO

Naturopathic Medicine Practitioner, Lecturer, Researcher 

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One Response to “Do You Use Talcum Powder On Your Body?”
  1. Anna Handte says:

    This scares me because I use powder all the time. I just used it before I came in here and sat down at the computer. I have used talc since I can remember. What about face powder. I use loose powder on my face nearly everyday. I think I will have my doctor run some tests for me. I hate to think that something so stupid like using powder can shorten my life.

    Hi Anna,
    Try not to worry about your past use of talc – maybe just consider your future use of it though.
    Regarding face powder – I would suggest only purchasing your cosmetics from a company that can guarantee the purity of their products because I understand that many of the ‘cheap’ cosmetic lines can contain many toxic ingedients such as lead in their eye shadows and many other hazardous substances.
    If you ‘really’ feel the need to use some kind of powder on your body, maybe try corn starch instead. This is used as a food product and should be readily available from supermarkets. However, I believe the body needs to ‘breathe’ and not become clogged up with powders of any sort but that’s up to you.
    Kind regards
    Sar Rooney