Update on the recent issues on talc and its link with ovarian cancer

 

Talc is the principal component of body powders, face powders and eye powders. It is a naturally occurring mineral. It is used for its physical properties: softness, heat stability and lubricity. There are two different grades of talc: industrial grade or cosmetic/pharmaceutical/food grade. The latter is extremely pure and meets a number of safety criteria. In cosmetic, talc particle size is particularly important and varies according to the use (face vs. body powder). Body Talc is used for its exclusive attributes: moisture absorption, lubricity, cooling and as a delivery system for fragrances. Talc safety has been extensively assessed: Microbiology: cosmetic talc is sterilized before being used; Mineralogy: cosmetic talc in >99% pure and the absence of asbestos, or quartz is maintained; Effects on the lungs: in cosmetics particle size is such that, if inhaled, talc is rejected by the natural cilia of the respiratory system. In over 100 years of talc use, no case of lung damage to miners or talc millers has been reported. For baby usage, toxicology data shows that, if used at each of 5 diaper changes, the quantity of talc exposure is over 6,000 times less than the quantity that ...

 

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