Talc in cosmetics: harm or benefit

I continue the rubric Component launched this spring. And today on the agenda is the current issue of Talc in cosmetics: harm or benefit? This little agent of powder boxes several years ago we did not notice at point blank range in the compositions. And only particularly meticulous consumers (including me!) Were looking for talc free powder. But only because the means with it, according to purely personal opinions, gave a rougher effect in makeup compared to the same rice “decorators”. Now they are talking with might and main about the harmfulness of this element. And every second beauty blogger considers it his duty to scold cosmetics with this ingredient in the composition. But is talc so dangerous as it is painted? Let’s discuss!

Talk about talcum powder

I’ll start with the most important information. When I was preparing an article about decorative organic cosmetics based on a conversation with a specialist technologist, I found out: the hero of the current material is not included in the list of components that are “prohibited” by EcoCert, an organization that certifies organic products. That is, beauty assistants with the indicated substance in the composition receive the corresponding certificates. Actually, this is the answer to the question about the dangers of talc: it is recognized as safe. However, there is no smoke without fire …

Talc in cosmetics – harm or benefit?

Little Talc came to our case …

And for a start – about what such an additive to powders is. As the all-knowing Wikipedia suggests, this bloggers horror story is nothing more than a natural mineral that exists in the form of crystals. It was discovered by the famous physicist Faraday. Such a crystal is one of the softest on the planet. When touched, it crumbles into powder. It is the loose property of this mineral that has become the reason that it has found wide application in everyday life.

Talc is used almost everywhere – from baby powders to medicine and the food industry (for example, to create one of the emulsifiers E553b added to food). In decorative cosmetics, it can be found in powder, eyeshadow, blush, foundation, and so on. And you will probably be interested to know that it is also used for the manufacture of … ceramics.

Does it clog pores?

One of the main accusations against this baby today is that he is supposedly comedogenic, complicates skin breathing and is able to clog pores. In fact, such a statement has nothing to do with the truth. This component (see information above) in the concentrations introduced into cosmetics is considered safe for the skin.

Talc does not clog pores. Most likely, talk about this began because inexpensive talc is often also found in fairly budgetary funds stuffed with indisputable ingredients. For example, the same mineral oils and synthetic silicones. In a word, the usual “translation of arrows” took place. The formation of comedones is caused by other components, and the natural soft crystal is blamed for this – an absolutely natural substance.

Is it toxic?

On blogs dedicated to healthy lifestyles and green cosmetics, information about the alleged toxicity of this substance can be found. Again, we make a reference to EcoCert: in these deals one of the softest minerals on Earth is not noticed.

In evidence – a snapshot of the composition of organic decorative cosmetics certified by this organization. In the first place, ahead of rice starch, the current subject of discussion flaunts:

Talc Organic Powder

Is it completely safe?

And yet, in some ways, consumers who fear this component are right. In large quantities, such a substance can cause health problems. For example, a disease of talcosis. However, this can be by inhalation of this “fossil” on an enormous scale. (For example, in a production facility where safety precautions are not observed. Or, if you generously sprinkle talcum powder around yourself every minute – but who does it?). Then the dust with the content of this mineral as if settles in the lungs and the so-called pneumoniconiosis appears. Or, if during the operation this substance fell into the wound, falling off with gloves. In a word, the cases are quite specific and have no relation to the use of decorative cosmetics.

Also now there is research on the concertogenicity of this element (more precisely, on its ability to increase the risk of cancer). However, the issue is still very debatable, so I will leave it without comment. Moreover, it is not about decoration at all. And more often there is talk of low-grade talcum powder with an admixture of asbestos.

In the dosage in which we use decorative cosmetics for the intended purpose and according to the rules, the talcum powder, in all likelihood, is not dangerous – according to current data.

P.S. By the way, not all powders with the content of this element look rough. There are exceptionally high-quality products that provide a delicate aristocratic coverage. Moreover, their price is sometimes quite affordable.

Addition. According to the responses to the article on social networks, I add two more points:

  • all cosmetic products with talcum powder must be washed off

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