Hey there Swimwear and Lingerie friends.
Today’s Fitting Tip Thursday post is all about getting rid of that rotten red rash under the breasts when you take your bra off at the end of the day.
It hurts just to look at it, doesn’t it?
You may never have a rash this bad, and I would have to suspect that this poor lady is probably having an allergic reaction as well. Nevertheless, any rash under your breasts and around your band line is a bad thing and is a pretty obvious sign of a problem.
So, let’s start there. What does a rash under your breasts mean?
It could be a sweat rash caused by the friction of a poorly fitting band and your skin.
The answer here is fairly simple. Get a proper bra fitting done and/or ensure that you’re wearing a bra with a band that is comfortably tight and won’t allow for too much wiggling around. Your band should feel like a really tight hug and not move or rotate around your rib cage when you move.
If you have marks that look like the poor lady pictured above, then your cup may not be hauling your breasts up and off of your ribcage and they are rubbing against the skin of your rib cage.
If this is the case, you may want a more structured type of bra. One that is designed to lift your breasts off the rib cage and support them too. Bra cups that are composed of 2 or more seamed sections will usually provide the most support and not have too much flex or give in the fabric.
OR: Your current cup size may be too small, in which case, the breast tissue is peeking out below the underwire or the underwire isn’t fitting into your natural breast crease. Try going up a cup size, until all of your breast tissue is contained and supported. A proper bra fit analysis by a professional bra fitter will solve this.
Rashes tend to occur wherever there is friction and moisture, so opting to wear a bra that doesn’t compress your breasts into a shelf will certainly help. Lift and separate is the key to this.
Allowing the skin to breathe for several hours a day (ie: overnight or in the evening) and using non-fragranced cornstarch/body powders can help heal the rash and keep you dry during the day.
Some folks swear by bra liners for the absorption of moisture, however, unless you have a severe sweating issue like hyperhidrosis, a properly fitting bra should do the trick. The fewer pieces of wet fabric next to your skin, the better.