Waist training is amazing, and I think we can all agree on that at this point. However, what’s not as amazing is the itch that you may get when wearing the waist trainer. About 25% of people experience a rash or at least an itch when they first start waist training!
You know what I’m talking about: it’s that tingling sensation as soon as you take your trainer off at night. Not only can this sensation be irritating, but it can be alarming as well. Don’t worry, because you are not alone – and this is usually nothing severe. It is very common in waist training beginners or even in women who are working out.
If you're experiencing side effects from your waist trainer - an itch or rash - here is the quick fix
You see, physical friction and heat can stimulate mast cells in your skin, a process that can release histamines. This is the same inflammatory factor that triggers seasonal allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose and itchy rash. That being said, if you do notice any rashes or pigmentation on the skin, then you should seek medical attention immediately!
There are still a few things you can do to try to prevent this from happening. With that in mind, remember that this itch will likely go away after a few weeks of use. Once your body gets used to wearing the waist trainer, it will no longer stimulate the inflammatory factor as much. So, by taking the right steps, you should be able to prevent the side effects from showing up again.
1. Wear a Tank Top
When you wear a waist trainer, the chances are high that you’re going to sweat a lot. After all, waist trainers are also meant to help you lose weight – and the most efficient way to do that is to sweat it out. This easily happens with the average design of a waist trainer.
The problem is that where there is sweat, there is extra friction and discomfort as well. A good way to avoid that is to wear a thin tank top underneath it. Go for cotton, as it can absorb sweat and prevent extra friction from occurring. It can look particularly good with a nice underbust waist trainer.
2. Powder It Up
Before you put on your tank top and waist trainer, you should apply some powder to your skin. Regular baby powder or talcum powder should work just fine. A thin layer should be enough, just to give that satin feeling to your skin.
The powder is very efficient at preventing chafing and moisture buildup. Both of these usually lead to itchiness and skin irritation, so a layer of powder will keep the skin nice and dry.
3. Moisturize Your Skin
Your skin loses a lot of moisture when you are sweating through the waist trainer, and this might lead to skin irritation. By keeping your skin hydrated, you should be able to keep the irritation and discomfort at a minimum. You may use a moisturizing lotion, or you may go for some good old-fashioned coconut oil.
I recommend that you do this at the end of the day when you finish wearing your waist trainer. Don’t put lotion on right before you wear the waist trainer, as it can increase sweating and chafing. Instead, do it at the end of the day, after taking a shower or a nice bath.
4. Wash the Waist Trainer
You must also maintain good hygiene with your waist trainer, body glove, or fitness belt. If it is new, you might want to wash it first. It may be right out of the package, but it may have caught a lot of particles as it was sitting on the shelves. To make sure no foreign allergens touch your skin, wash your waist trainer before wearing it the first time.
Waist trainers need to be regularly washed as well. You need to wash it not only when it smells bad, but also when you know you’ve been sweating excessively in it. Fitness belts, for instance, might need extra washing. Use your own judgment for when to wash it. However, unless you tend to sweat profusely, do not wash your waist trainer every day; keep it to every couple of days, to protect the material.
5. Wear the Right Size
Sometimes, itches and rashes are a result of you wearing the wrong waist trainer size. If it is too small, the friction might be too much and you may end up with an uncomfortable irritation. This can happen whether you are wearing a shirt or a tank top underneath or not. Plus, a tighter waist trainer can lead to more sweat that can’t escape – which, in the end, can make your skin feel itchy.
If you are ever worried about the itch or any other effects possibly related to waist trainers, consult with your doctor immediately, then send us an email so we can help you: Contact Us