Most everyone is already aware of the dangers of
talc-based baby powders.
While talcum powder itself is made from the natural mineral talc, it is often contaminated by asbestos-like fibers. Because we use it as a dry powder, breathing the dust is inevitable. This can wreak havoc on on our lungs, especially the delicate tissues of baby's tiny little lungs.
Talc is toxic.
Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women.
Many talc-based and also natural powders contain synthetic fragrances which can cause headaches, sinus problems, and even asthma from minor exposures. They can also contain bulking agents and genetically modified starches such as corn starch. These starches also get "cakey" and are not pleasant to use.
Medicated absorbent powders:
Not only do medicated powders contain one or more of the above unhealthy or non-beneficial ingredients, they also contain medicated ingredients which can be highly fragrant, and some which can be quite toxic, especially when breathed into the lungs as a powder.
Whether using it as a baby powder, absorbent body powder or in place of a medicated powder, the Redmond Clay Baby Powder is the best I have ever found. Containing only one simple safe ingredient, this powder does not cake, does not contain any fragrances and nothing toxic yet leaves skin soothed, soft and silky. Their 100% pure bentonite clay powder is naturally absorbent and extremely gentle on the skin.
Bentonite clay can treat various skin ailments without additional medications and neutralizes viral infections, fungus and parasites. Clay is even safe enough to use on open wounds, hemorrhoids, animal and poisonous insect bites, acne, rashes and is safe enough for most skin ailments.