3 Reasons To Avoid Using Talcum Powder


Johnson and Johnson have been making its signature Johnson’s Baby Powder since 1893, and since that time, it has become a staple of the American household. From its inception, the product has first and foremost relied on its primary ingredient: talc. Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is good at absorbing moisture and keeping skin free of irritation. No doubt we’ve all used talc-based products before and have most likely used them on our children as well.

Over the past several years, there has been a growing concern over the safety of talc, and there are a number of legitimate reasons for this. Unfortunately, Johnson and Johnson have done a poor job at convincing the public as to how safe their products really are.

Read on to learn about the potential dangers of talc and why you should think twice before having it in your home.


  1. Talc Has Been Linked to Lung Cancer

Pure talc is generally safe and poses no known health risks. Unfortunately, talc is a mineral that is commonly mined near asbestos deposits. And that’s not good.

Asbestos is a well-known carcinogen, and you should make sure to avoid it at all costs. When contaminated talc is in powder form, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder, asbestos particles can easily be inhaled and reach the lungs. The inhaled carcinogens can then cause cancer if a large enough quantity is ingested.

Specifically, inhalation of asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. It is important to note that lung cancer is the deadliest known cancer among both men and women and is also one of the most common. Symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest pain, and fever.

If you are concerned about exposure to asbestos and are also experiencing related symptoms, you should definitely speak with a mesothelioma specialist.

  1. It May Cause Ovarian Cancer

Due to traces of asbestos being found in talcum powder, it has also been linked to ovarian cancer. Talcum powder can sometimes be found not just in baby powder but also sanitary napkins, condoms, and other women’s hygiene products. Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest gynecological cancers, so women need to be very cautious about the products they use.

Johnson and Johnson have already had to pay billions of dollars to women who sued claiming its talc-based products were directly responsible for their ovarian cancers.

Some symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal swelling, pain in the pelvic area, a decrease in weight, and frequent urination. If you experience any symptoms that concern you, you should schedule an appointment to see your doctor.

  1. Johnson and Johnson Is Super Shady About the Whole Thing

Currently, Johnson and Johnson are fighting nearly 12,000 lawsuits because of this talc-based nightmare. The company adamantly claims its products are asbestos-free and totally safe to use. But affected women and scientists across the country are saying otherwise.

In fact, it is believed that the company has known about possible asbestos contamination for decades. Personal injury firms all over the country including ones like The Miller Firm are taking action on behalf of affected women. You can learn more about the continuing legal fight against Johnson and Johnson at millerfirmllc.com.


Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder is one of the most common domestic products in America. But the research is making it appear as if it might also be one of the most dangerous. A mother’s number one priority is to protect and take care of her child. With the concerns being raised against Johnson and Johnson, it, unfortunately, seems like keeping their talc-based products in the home simply isn’t worth the risk. For you or your child.


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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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