5 Alternatives To J&J’s Baby Powder For Your Beauty Needs
If you remember, Johnson & Johnson has made headlines everywhere after news broke about the existence of cancer-causing asbestos found in their celebrated baby powder products. In 2017, the pharmaceutical brand was ordered to pay $417 Million (RM1,719 Million) to a victim who had ovarian cancer, stating that it was the usage of the product on a daily basis for over 50 years that caused her diagnosis.
However, a news report posted in 2016 confirmed that the formulation of talcum powder by Johnson & Johnson in Malaysia met the requirements under the Guidelines for Control of Cosmetic Products in Malaysia. A statement by Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that “Talc can be classified into industrial grade and cosmetic/pharmaceutical grade, which is usually more pure and does not contain asbestos – a substance known to cause cancer”.
But if you’re still uncertain regarding the safety of talcum powder made by the brand, here are 5 talc-free alternatives to Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.
Cornstarch absorbs sweat to avoid chafing and can also be used on heat rashes and on razor burns to avoid redness. Here’s a tip, you can grind it for about 30 seconds for a finer powder, making it a great substitute as a loose finishing powder. But if you’re not into cornstarch at its natural form, you can opt to get medicated cornstarch baby powder instead.
2. Arrowroot starch
All natural starch alternative to talc, arrowroot comes from several tropical South American plants. It is great for babies because of it’s affluent source of potassium that helps to regulate the heart rate of your baby, while supplying moderate amount of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc and more to aid the growth of your baby. On top of that, it’s also free of gluten, hence reducing the risk of allergies. Get the best of arrrowroot by adding powdered chamomile powder into the arrowroot powder, then store it in a glass jar.
3. Oat flour
This is slightly coarser than the above mentioned powders. Oatmeal powder can help fight skin dryness because of its moisturising properties. Due to its healthy, lubricating fats which maintains the skin’s natural barrier function, this ensures that the world outside the skin stays out, and what’s inside the skin stays in. If your skin is feeling irritated and itchy, adding a bit of oat flour can help soothe your skin. You can also add a bit of water to create a paste or dot on acne and chickenpox scars to help fade them out too.
4. Chickpea Powder
Chickpea flour aka “besan” or “gram” flour is great to absorb oil and moisture. If you have oily skin, you can apply some powder on your face to keep the grease under control. Other than just using it as baby powder, you can also use it as a facial mask! Just add some drops of lemon oil to help brighten the skin.
5. Commercial Talc-Free Baby Powder
Yes there are talc-free baby powders that you can get from the local pharmacies. While they may be slightly expensive than the average talc baby powder, they’re probably the safest to use. Try these;
Talc can be poisonous when inhaled or swallowed and can cause breathing problems. So you may want to consider using these alternatives to baby powder to avoid health problems in the future.