The main purpose of body powder is to absorb excess moisture from the skin. It can be applied to areas where people commonly experience chafing, such as the underarms, thighs, or other skin folds. Dusting powder smooths out the surface of the skin, making it ideal to use before applying compression stockings. It can also be applied to the abdomen under an ostomy pouch to eliminate sticking and friction. Many body powders have a light scent to reduce odor.