TALCUM POWDERS

Student names:  Shilpashree, Bharathi Kumari

College name: CMR National PU College, ITPL

Sample names: Neosporin antiseptic powder, Sandalwood talc, Compact powder& White tone face powder.

Sample viewed at: CMR National PU College, ITPL

Sample collected from: our home

Description: Me & my friend were very fascinated to observe different brands of talcum powder under foldscope & to do comparative study about the particles. Observing micron sized cleavage particles under the foldscope was really interesting & we had a lot of fun.

Neosporin powder: GENERIC NAME : Neomycin- Bacitracin- Polymyxin. The product contains neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin, antibiotics that work by stopping the growth of bacteria.

Talc powders: Talc is clay mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate . This mineral is used as a main ingredient in many cosmetic products . These products does not only contain talc but also contains asbestos,a substance known to cause cancer in & around the lungs when inhaled. Even if the talc powder contained no asbestos, the talc itself might be a respiratory health hazard ,in part because of its very small particle size. Particle down in the micron range are inhaled very deeply into the lung & are difficult to expel.

Does talcum powder cause cancer? According to some studies done by experts tell us that talcum powder might cause Ovarian Cancer, particularly if the powder is applied to the genital area.

Compact powder: It is a cosmetic powder applied to face to set a foundation after application. But sometimes it causes side effects on skin like itching, scares, change in color of skin, rashes & redness on skin it may be due to incompatibility or due to allergy.

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