Foot powder delivers a simple solution to control excessive moisture and soothe irritated skin. Also, it helps with foot odor since it absorbs the odors rather than just masking them. If your feet are rough or cracked, smell bad or if you are in pain, put on a little foot powder and practice good hygiene so that they stay healthy. There are many different types of foot powder available, so let’s find what kind is best for you?
That depends on what’s in it and if you are oversensitive to anything. Read the label! If you are allergic to corn, maybe you shouldn’t use powder with cornstarch. If you inhale it or get it into an open wound that could trigger a reaction. If you have an allergy to latex, you may react badly to tapioca as cassava compounds are very similar to those found in rubber. Use caution if you are allergic to nuts, gluten, coconuts or shea butter.
There are also concerns about talc being contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen. If the mesothelioma lawsuit ads frequently shown on TV are anything to go by, the companies that make products with talc are going to be more meticulous in the future. Talc by itself is safe for topical use but should not be swallowed, inhaled or injected. A bad reaction to foot powder is very rare, but if you feel irritation or severe dryness discontinue use.
Types Of Foot Powder
There are different types of foot powder that have their own ingredients. Every individual brand will have their own personal formula, but this is generally what is in the different types:
Organic foot powder: This is foot powder made without any artificial elements. Even the plants used to make it are treated with natural fertilizers and pesticides. It’s great for people with allergies or just wants to be more environmentally friendly. Look for the green USDA stamp!Charcoal foot powder: As the name suggests, this includes activated charcoal as one of the ingredients for the purpose of absorbing odors. It is usually cut with talc or baking soda and may include an essential oil such as tea tree oil.Drying foot powder: This type of powder is issued in recruit rations to prevent trench foot. It includes talc and boric acid as the main ingredients to keep feet dry. Use this type of powder on your feet after bathing, swimming or getting very sweaty. It can also be used to dry out the inside of your shoes.Antifungal foot powder: This is the kind of foot powder you would use if you are fighting a fungal infection of some sort. The active ingredient in these powders is usually Miconazole Nitrate, a potent fungicide. Tinactin prefers to use Tolnaftate, a synthetic fungicide.
Can You Use Baking Soda As Foot Powder?
Chemically speaking, baking soda is a base. It neutralizes the acids made by sweat. Plus, it kills fungus and bacteria. Many shoe and foot deodorizers use baking soda to absorb odors. It is often used in conjunction with cornstarch so that it can absorb moisture as well as odor.
Can Cornstarch Be Used As Foot Powder?
This is an active ingredient in many foot powders because it absorbs moisture so well. If you have a corn allergy, it is recommended that you use arrowroot powder instead. By itself, it does not kill fungus and may promote yeast growth if not kept in check. You make your own foot powder by mixing together cornstarch and baking soda. You can also add essential oil such as tree tea oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil.
Homemade Foot Powder Recipes
All you need for your mise en place is a glass jar, measuring spoons and dropper for the essential oils. (Most of them come with one.)
3 tablespoons baking soda3 tablespoons corn starch (arrowroot powder can be substituted.)15 drops tea tree essential oil10 drops lavender essential oil15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Just put all the ingredients in a glass jar, put on the lid and shake well. Rub it into your feet before bed and sprinkle a bit in your shoes to fight disagreeable odors.
Best Foot Powder Brands
Gold Bond remains one of the more respected brands. Personally, I find the smell of the medicated stuff to be as bad as smelly feet, but if it works it works. “Tough actin’” Tinactin is popular with those prone to athlete’s foot.
Odor Eaters branched out into powders since some people are allergic to the latex in their flagship product. Dr. Scholl’s has their own prescription. Kiwi has been known to make shoes look good, now they have something to make them smell good.
What Can I Use Instead Of Foot Powder?
Baking soda, cornstarch, arrowroot, and tapioca have been discussed. If you want something with a bit more texture, oat flour is recommended. And of course, you should wear fresh, clean socks every day.