Since the decades old brand Johnson & Johnson has been in news for past 2-3 years for the side effects its baby powder has produced on human body, it is time that we stop trusting the brands blindly and always make an effort to know the ingredients, source of ingredients and the making process before the final purchase. It is simply not about baby powder but we should keep a watch on ingredients of the products that we buy to eat, inhale and apply.
Here we help you educate/understand the baby powder as a product available in the market -
Dermatologically Tested – To use the word “Dermatologically tested”, one need not to obtain any certification from any agency. It simply means that a dermatologist have reviewed it. And since there is no agency, no regulation so dermatologist could be any one from anywhere. Johnson & Johnson too have spent millions in research & development and the result is a life threatening product. So do not go by the words. Read Ingredients.
Labelling -Key Ingredients – Why only key ingredients are labelled on the product. Even if the law permits, why can’t a manufacturer rise above the law for the sake of consumer and list all the ingredients that went in to the making of the product on the label? Listing all ingredients helps an allergy concern person make an informed choice. Are the unlisted ingredients some chemicals that when listed can give consumer the feel of chemical in the product. Isn’t ingredients not listed on the label equally important. Even if these unlisted ingredients are less than 1%, are they not of importance? If they are not of importance – why have they been added to the product? If they are added in minor/negligible quantities to protect the product from damage in the form of preservatives – THINK – that mere 1% is so powerful that it can save the 99% of the product from damage. Isn’t it important? Should we not have the right to know the complete list of ingredients of the product? All ingredients that are used in the making of the product are equally important as each added ingredient has some role to play. So why “key” only listed? Hence read ingredients and ask for complete disclosure of ingredients. Remember laws to become consumer friendly need people’s strong voice.
Talc free – Just because the ingredient talc in Johnson & Johnson baby powder has been in news for past2-3 years for its damaging effects on human health – other brands have tapped the opportunity with talc free composition but have they justifiably made the product truly safe. Product is packed in plastic with safe chemicals though free from SLS, Paraben etc. Isn’t a chemical considered safe today can be proved carcinogen a decade later? Why categorise safe chemicals & harmful chemicals? Why can’t we have a composition made only with natural ingredients, with even no addition of safe chemicals? Probably it will reduce the shelf life of the product to half or to mere few days. And reduced shelf life is loss to the manufacturer. The usages of chemicals even if they are safe are to benefit the manufacturer with extended shelf life, cost effective, look and feel to appeal the consumer for a quick buy etc.
–Talc is a naturally found ingredient in the earth and as per the reports it is not bad for human body but the concern arises when it is contaminated with asbestos. Asbestos are deadly for human body. Contamination is inevitable as talc and asbestos deposits are found together in earth. Therefore baby powders made with talc when tested are often found to have asbestos contamination. So it is best to avoid dusting powders made with talc as some batches mined may have asbestos while some may not have or have in negligible quantity. Scanning each and every size of batch of talc could be very expensive and time consuming therefore not being undertaken.
No lung-clogging – Any kind of fine particles are going to worsen the symptoms of an individual/baby already facing respiratory concerns like asthma, lungs. And infants who are on the verge of developing the respiratory concerns will get the food from dusting powders. So say a complete no to baby powders/dusting powders of any kind irrespective of what the brand claims. When it comes to applying powder –Always take some powder in your hand and gently pat the baby’s skin instead of sprinkling directly on the skin.
Free from harmful chemicals like talc, SLS, paraben, phthalates, or artificial fragrance – When a brand says that they are free from harmful chemicals the immediate question that arises – Does the brand even use chemicals ? But the labels just talk about organic, natural and familiar ingredients. The chemicals have been categorised safe and unsafe by the manufacturers making skin care products cost effective, last long, fragrant etc. Read labels carefully before buying a product and if you find incomplete information, difficult to understand and pronounce words just say a no to the product.
Packaging – Despite each one of us aware of the bad that plastic brings with it, why is it that manufacturers cannot shift to glass, steel, aluminium etc packaging. Why the different forms of plastic like virgin, recyclable etc are used when we have the availability of steel, aluminium, glass very much. Plastic is very cheap and used only to keep the price of the product low to compete in the market. Plastic in hot temperature have the tendency to leach into the products. So it is important to overall understand the intent of the brand and make a decision. Plastic can give us profits but at the cost of nature, our life.
Always read before buying a baby powder, make sure to read about the product thoroughly and the brand.
These are few questions that have been asked to me by many of our customers and friends.
Should baby powder be used regularly?
Baby powders should only be used when needed and the need arises when there is high moisture in the air, or heat has caused sweat and thereby rashes. It is not to be applied every day after shower as a routine as many people think. Apply only when you need it. It has the property to absorb moisture and calm the prickly heat.
Is it safe to use baby powder?
If you know the ingredients then you know what you are applying to the skin. Always buy powder whose all ingredients are listed on the product. Whatever is applied on the skin makes a way inside the body. Here in the case of powder – inhalation is also one major channel to get inside the body. Avoid sprinkling the powder directly on the skin. Rather take some powder in hand and dab at the concern area. Always apply powder on a clean and dry area.
Which baby powder to use on newborn/infants? Use the baby powder of whose ingredients you are very much sure. All ingredients are listed and the powder is free from not only harmful chemicals but also safe chemicals. Use the powder regularly only if you live in humid areas. And if your child is in temperature controlled room, you need not to apply powder in routine every day. Use only when concern of moisture and heat rash arises.
How to use baby powder for diaper rashes? For a quick diaper rash healing – Make sure to clean the bottom every 6 hours with plain normal temperature water. Never use warm water as it can aggravate the rash. Use cool water. After proper plain water wash pat dry the area. Dab little baby powder. The more the airy the rash area is left, the better recovery it will gain. Powders are good to absorb moisture but cleansing with plain water is equally important to recover from diaper rash.
SNAANA wants to drag your attention to the fact that we are still living in a legal framework that was adopted in British times and has not been amended at the pace synthetics/chemicals have come into use in skin care. Import, manufacture, distribution and sale of skin care/ beauty products are regulated by Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and this law till date has not given a definite and uniform definition for usage of words on labels like natural and organic which is big-time responsible for misleading the consumers.
That is why what is packed in a bottle or jar in the name of natural, organic, ayurvedic is often not what it claims. Synthetic provide comfort and convenience to manufacturers in terms of making product cost effective and extending the shelf life but they harm our bodies. This is because we have never thought that these chemicals can make cause problems like migraine, cancer, hormonal disorders etc and much more in our bodies.