Home Remedy Uses for Talc

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Home Remedy Uses for Talc
Talc can be used as one of the more basic home remedies to treat a variety of ailments. (Washing powder image by lefebvre_jonathan from Fotolia.com)

Talc is a very soft mineral that develops naturally in sedimentary rock. Many people do not realise that talc can be a helpful home remedy for many skin ailments. By applying talc to the skin in a certain way, you can effectively treat the symptoms of heat rash, chickenpox and excessive sweating.

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Heat Rash

Talc is cooling on the skin and can help reduce the effects of heat rash. After bathing or showering, cover the area effected by heat rash with a layer of talcum powder. Leave the powder on your skin for at least 20 minutes.


Talc acts as an anti-itching substance on the skin, and can be helpful in reducing the chronic itching that accompanies a chickenpox virus. Talcum powder can be applied to chickenpox breakouts as a compress. Pour 1/2 cup of talcum powder onto a cloth, and moisten it slightly. Apply the compress to the chickenpox blisters, and leave it there for up to 30 minutes.

Excessive Sweating

Talc is drying on the skin, and can help reduce the wetness from excessive sweating. Simply apply a layer of dry talcum powder to the areas of your skin that has excessive moisture. The talc will absorb the moisture and will keep you from feeling too sweaty.

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