How exactly is Talcum Powder harmful?
Talcum powder is made primarily from “Talc”, a naturally occurring mineral that is used in baby powders as well as other cosmetic and personal care products because it is effective at absorbing moisture, reducing friction, and preventing rashes. In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a carcinogen known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled.
The FDA does not allow talc-based products to contain any asbestos. However, cosmetics are not required to be tested or approved by the FDA before they land on store shelves, so there’s no guarantee that they haven’t been contaminated.