Powdered gloves have cornstarch added which makes them easier to put on, especially in busy locations, and can prevent gloves from sticking together. When powdered gloves are worn for a long period of time the powder can cling to the user’s skin and cause sensitivities or allergies. Cornstarch powder may also contribute to latex allergies or sensitivity.
In foodservice locations, there have also been concerns raised about powder from powdered gloves sticking to hands, clothing, or surfaces after removal and causing contamination.
It is important to note that powdered gloves are not generally an allergy concern with nitrile or vinyl gloves.