Young Women Are Playing It Safe By Throwing Their Cosmetics That Contain Talc In The Trash
Enough doubt has been cast on the safety of talc-based cosmetics to make it logical to avoid using them
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - When the risk of developing cancer or other lung infections and diseases from using talc-based cosmetics is weighed against the benefits many young women are making an intelligent choice. Thousands of young women are throwing away their expensive facial cosmetics like blush, eyeliners, and foundation after watching the HBO documentary "Not So Pretty." They are afraid the products that they have chosen based on social media influencer’s recommendations will cause cancer. Talc, the active ingredient in many makeup products is known to contain asbestos, a carcinogen that causes mesothelioma when inhaled regularly for an extended time. The documentary makes parallels to Johnson's Baby Powder which is pure talc. Tens of thousands of talcum powder lawsuits allege using Johnson's Baby Powder caused women to develop ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. These women swear there is cause and effect when using talcum powder and having it enter their vagina, travel up through the Fallopian tubes, and eventually become lodged in the ovaries where experts believe it can create sufficient oxidative stress leading to developing cancer. Other experts are not sure and hesitate to draw a definitive conclusion as to whether or not talc is a carcinogen. It is a fact, ovarian cancer aside, that applying talc-based cosmetics causes dust that is easily inhaled and could lead to lung scarring over time.
When asked the question, "What is the talcum powder cancer risk," WebMD.com replies that the answer is no, but qualifies their answer. They fail to define what percentage is "most people" because even 1% of the hundreds of millions of people is still millions of Americans that could develop cancer from using talc-based beauty and health care products. WebMD further hedges its response to the question by saying that a person is more likely to get lung cancer by inhaling talc dust when applying it to any part of their body or applying it to a baby when changing its diaper because talc is light and becomes airborne making it easily inhaled. "It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products. In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled (see Asbestos)," the website tells readers. Researchers for the US Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) confirm a young women's worst cosmetics cancer fears and tell readers to stop using talc-based cosmetics. In an article titled, "Not worth the risk: It's time to get talc out of all cosmetics, not just baby powder" researchers point out the obvious fact that since talc and asbestos are inert, organic minerals found in nature adjacent to an often interlaced with each other, some asbestos can be found in almost every sample of talc. The group points out that repeatedly using cosmetics made with talc will cause one to inhale at least some asbestos every day, which may gradually scar the delicate tissues of the outer lungs called alveoli, making it impossible to breath eventually.