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Anonymous Post: Corn Starch/Baby Powder for Genital Use?

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Is it ok to use corn starch baby powder in the genital area? If not, what would be
a safe alternative to prevent rash?

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frolicnaked 17th-Oct-2007 12:16 am (UTC)
If we're talking "genital" as in "in the crease between the thigh and outer labia," then I'd say yes, definitely go for it. I've used it myself plenty of times. Even with pretty sensitive skin overall, I've had no problems with it and found it a pretty good cheap way to reduce chafing and irritation.

If, however, "genital" means more like "inside the outer labia/in the vulvar area," I'd be a little more hesitant. Part of me says, "It's designed for babies' bums: what could go wrong?" But another part of me thinks about things that have triggered reactions in my vulva. Since I haven't tried baby powder there personally, I'd be more likely to stick with something that's more explicitly safe for use on the vulva -- maybe something like Vagisil anti-itch cream.
lupa_2u 17th-Oct-2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Boys and girls in my family use cornstarch baby powder almost year round and nothing has gone wrong. My mom is also a nurse and she is forever recommending it.
I assume since you want to prevent rash that you are talking about just sprinkling down your underwear or something along those lines, which should be 100% safe.
Good luck!
__recidivist 17th-Oct-2007 12:48 am (UTC)
There was one study linking talc (which is in baby powder) to cervical cancer. Because of this, I use corn starch, rather than baby powder. I have wondered, though, if this might be leading to some yeast issues I've been having.
subarashiine 17th-Oct-2007 12:58 am (UTC)
YES I am seconding this- I have heard that study, and I almost never use talc baby powder down there.
aechei 17th-Oct-2007 01:21 am (UTC)
likely. starch=sugar=yeast food.
sareena99 17th-Oct-2007 02:31 am (UTC)
If you are prone to yeastie-beasties, then avoid cornstarch, which feeds it.
__recidivist 17th-Oct-2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, I sort of figured that it was causing the problem (and asked about it here before), but I need to use something and I prefer occasional itchiness to cancer, so I deal. (Unless someone has a better suggestion!)
jasminelily 17th-Oct-2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Use diaper cream instead (and this goes for the OP too)! I was having bad problems with external yeast infections, and my nurse practioner told me to use diaper cream when it was hot or I was a little itchy, and I haven't had a single problem since (and that was three or four years ago).
bisous2paris 17th-Oct-2007 02:36 am (UTC)
I think it's fine, as long as it's at the outer labia part....
I never put any on, but i know that whenever i get a bikini wax, they put baby powder afterwards.
drownophelia 17th-Oct-2007 04:43 am (UTC)
i use a rose-scented body powder from lush (here's a link, they don't have the rose on their website, but i'm sure these are just as lovely: http://usa.lush.com/cgi-bin/lushdb/catzoom.html?mv_arg=Dusting%20Powders). and LOVE it.

corn starch is A-OK, talc is not, as __recidivist pointed out, and these are all talc free, i believe.
elettaria 17th-Oct-2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'd be wary of using anything like that, they're chock-full of artificial perfumes (yes, despite Lush's marketing, they use artificial perfume in everything), and most of those body powders have glitter too!
ablondejudy19 Talc17th-Oct-2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
At one time it was found that talc sometimes contained traces of asbestos, which is known to be a cause of lung cancer. It was never linked to cancer of the cervix, and manufacturers of talc are now very careful to keep it asbestos-free, so it should be safe to use anywhere on the vulva. On the other hand, I understand that cornstarch, which is a food substance that living organisms can thrive on, may very well cause yeast infections. If you use either, you should be careful to hold the inner labia open when you pee so you won't wind up with a sticky mess.
imnotyourstarx 18th-Oct-2007 05:43 am (UTC)
Monistat makes this great gel stuff that you can slather on your inner thighs/outer labia that dries to feel like a powder. it keep me from feeling sweaty or chafed. and it makes your thighs/labia feel nice and smooth too. i think its call powder gel, or something to that effect. it says "THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO TREAT YEAST INFECTIONS" all over the box, so its not easily confused with other monistat products.
seethingheathen 18th-Oct-2007 10:09 am (UTC)
I use cornstarch.
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