Baby powder is made of cornstarch or talcum powder. It is the most common cure for diaper rash in infants. It works effectively in keeping areas that are normally moist and damp, dry and soft. Not many people realise that baby powder can also be used to treat and prevent underarm sweating.
Why Does it Work?
Baby powder works effectively because it helps to cut down on the moisture that is normally created in the underarm area. It keeps dry skin soft, whereas it would normally be dry and rough. Baby powder is also meant to absorb unpleasant odours typically associated with a soiled diaper. If the powder is expected to help reduce these types of odours, imagine what it will do for your underarms.
Because baby powder can be used to effectively reduce underarm odour, many individuals choose to use it as an antiperspirant. We perspire a lot in the underarm area and the mild scent of baby powder acts as a deodorant. Baby powder is often available in original, baby scent or in some cases, lavender or chamomile. You can also make your own baby powder and scent it to your liking.
Is There Anything to be Worried About?
There have been some accusations regarding the safety in excessive use of baby powder. Baby powders, which contain talcum powder instead of cornstarch, supposedly contain small traces of asbestos. According to the American Cancer Society, talcum powder has been proven to cause cancer in animals. Baby powder containing cornstarch rather than talcum powder offers no health risk to baby or adults.
Making Your Own Baby Powder
If you are concerned about the effects that talcum-based baby powder may have on you or your child, you can make your own powder. Whether it be for use on your baby’s bottom or under your arms. Make sure you use cornstarch as your base, and not talcum powder. Use approximately 113gr. of cornstarch and 113gr. of baking soda. Add 20 or more drops of your favourite essential oil. Lavender oil and chamomile oil are recommended for use on babies, but if you are making the powder for yourself, you can use whatever oil you prefer. You may use more or less of the oil, depending on your personal preference. The recommended dosage is about 22 drops total.
Combine the dry ingredients. Add drops of essential oil to a cotton pad and place inside of the container. Shake the container or stir well. Allow to sit with the pad in the powder for 24 hours. Shake or stir again and allow to sit for another 24 hours. Remove pad and discard. Place powder into containers. Salt shakers and washed empty spice containers work well. This yields approximately 2 cups of powder.
Sprinkle some of the powder into your hand and gently rub in underarm area as needed.