Talcum powder is made from a mineral called talc, which is composed of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. In its natural form, talc contains asbestos, which is carefully removed from consumer products.
Talcum powder that contains asbestos can cause cancer when inhaled, according to the American Cancer Society. However, as of 2015, it remains unclear if talcum powder that doesn't contain asbestos is a carcinogen.
Talcum powder with puff applicators is available in drug stores such as Walgreens. Talcum powder with puffs is also available at department stores selling cosmetics.
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