Why Was Talcum Powder Discontinued? Let’s Look at the Facts

Posted September 25, 2022 by in Health + Fitness
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Up until a few years ago, talcum powder was a staple in most people’s bathrooms. Men used it to powder their private parts, it was applied to children’s backsides after they had been to the toilet, and it was used to soothe irritated and dry skin.

However, after shocking claims that Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder had been contaminated with asbestos have surfaced, most people no longer purchase it. While it is possible to still buy talcum powder in stores, it is nowhere near as popular as it once was.

This post will explore why talcum powder has become so unpopular, and what you can do if you have been injured because of it:

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Legal Action

Before exploring why Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder is being discontinued (and why it is not good for you to use) let’s first explain what you can do if you have been injured because of exposure to it. Unfortunately, thousands of women have developed forms of cancer due to talc powder. If you are one of them, then you can join in on the lawsuit. The best way to do this is to reach out to a professional personal injury lawyer who specializes in suing pharmaceutical and drug companies. Ideally, you should reach out to a company that is currently making a claim for other people. It’s a lot easier to get involved in a group claim than it is to make your own. It’s a lot less expensive, too.

Johnson and Johnson

Talcum powder is produced by using a mineral called talc. Most talcum powders are perfectly safe for use. It is only Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder that is being discontinued, and that has been linked to a large number of cancer cases. Unfortunately, it seems that Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder had become contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos is a known cancer-causing agent. This talcum powder was then used by women, men, and children. Most of the cancer cases are ovarian cancer, in women. A massive lawsuit is currently being mounted against Johnson and Johnson because of this.

Disadvantages of Talcum Powder

Skin Infections

Talcum powder contains starch. In especially hot weather, the starch content in talcum powder can cause it to cake up. If you have applied it to your underarms or your private parts, then this can lead to skin infections becoming manifest. A lot of people seem to think that talcum powder actually reduces the risk of skin infections, and while this is true for some people, for others it is not, and it is especially not true in very hot, humid weather. If you suspect that you have a skin infection then you should visit your physician, rather than trying to treat it yourself.

Natural Oils

Talcum powder can reduce the production of natural oils in your skin. Your skin’s natural oils are absolutely vital to its health. If you are constantly killing off and diminishing your skin’s natural oils then your skin won’t look its best. Things such as flaky, sensitive, and rash-prone skin are typical for people who use excessive amounts of talcum powder, or any product that removes the skin’s natural oils. You should nourish your skin’s natural oils, rather than try to get rid of them. If you have an excessive amount and it is causing spots, then visit a dermatologist.

Pore Clogging

Something else that’s little understood is the fact that talcum powder can actually clog your pores, which can lead to spots and rashes forming. This is especially common in summer, when your skin releases sweat, which normally evaporates. If your pores are clogged sweat can’t evaporate. This leads to spots and inflamed skin.  It is also worth noting that because asbestos is present in some talcum powders, blocking your pores with it could lead to skin cancer.

Respiratory Irritation

If you have ever used talcum powder before then you will know that it can get absolutely everywhere. Whenever you apply talcum powder, you are bound to accidentally inhale some. Inhaling talcum powder can cause coughing and respiratory irritation. It is also worth noting that in severe cases, inhaling talcum powder can lead to talcosis or lung irritation. If the talcum powder that you are using has been contaminated with asbestos, then using it could lead to you developing forms of lung cancer. Asbestos, again, is a known carcinogen, and introducing it directly to your lungs is a very bad idea.

Talcum powder should be avoided. If you have developed cancer or any other type of illness after being exposed to it, then you need to make a claim for compensation. A professional personal injury lawyer will be able to help you to do that.