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Home Remedies: How to Avoid, Treat Rash Under Breasts

A rash under the breasts (intertrigo) is a common problem for many women - when you suffer from this rash, the skin under the breast can also become very itchy, painful, and in some cases, start blistering and even cause a burning sensation.

Usually, the causes of a rash under the breasts are excessive moisture (that can be caused by excessive sweating) and chaffing. 

In time, the breast rash can also become infected by bacterial infections, yeast infections (candida), or other types of fungal infections.

If you suffer from itchy skin and rash under the breasts, there are many home remedies that can treat the breast rash and relieve the itching and burning sensation.
Rash Under Breasts is Irritating 

The most common causes of a rash under the breasts are:
  • Excessive moisture trapped under the breast which can be caused by excessive sweating.
  • Lack of air circulation.
  • Chafing between the skin folds which can be caused by wearing a tight bra.
How to eliminate rash 
There are many home remedies to treat an itchy rash under your breasts. These will help to reduce the inflammation, relieve the itchiness, and help to heal the skin on the underside of the breast.

Of course, if the rash beneath your breast is caused by chafing, you will also need to try and prevent the skin getting irritated further.

Coconut oil with tea tree oil
You can use coconut oil and tea tree oil to help in getting rid of an itchy rash under your breasts. 

A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and is effective against candida infections.5 It can also help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.6

Essential oils 
Many essential oils can also help to soothe an itchy rash under the breasts. When using essential oils, you should remember not to apply them directly to the skin. 

They should always be mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil. Generally, you should mix one tablespoon of carrier oil with 2-3 drops of essential oil. Then apply with a cotton ball.

Lavender
Lavender is a great essential oil for the skin and you can use it to treat a rash under breasts. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help to reduce infection and inflammation. It also helps to calm and moisturize the skin.8

Chamomile
Chamomile doesn’t just make a delicious herbal tea, it can be used to soothe irritated skin and reduce inflammation on various skin disorders.9

Geranium
Geranium essential oil can also help to reduce breast rash and it is also one of the best essential oils for skincare. A study published in the Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin showed that geranium oil is effective against candida infections.10

Calendula
Calendula oil (sometimes called pot marigold) is an effective remedy against candida infections and can help to cure your itchy breast rash.11

Alternatively, you can buy creams that contain calendula. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends calendula products with at least 10% plant extract to clear up yeast infections.12

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a great natural remedy for relieving the itchiness and inflammation of a rash under the breast. Aloe vera is also a well-known natural remedy for sun burnt skin. 

However, it can also help relieve the irritation from chafed skin which is one of the causes of breast rash. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that aloe vera gel is beneficial for treating wound and skin-related disorders and it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.13

Oatmeal
Oatmeal is an effective natural treatment for a rash under the breast that has been caused by chafing. Oatmeal helps to reduce inflammation and cleanse the skin. Oatmeal can be used to cure rashes, dermatitis, and scaling skin.15

How to prevent a breast rash
  • Keep the area under your breasts dry 
  • Don’t use harsh soaps as they can strip the protective barrier from the skin.
  • Wear a bra that offers good support.
  • Wear clothing made from natural fibers and absorbent fabrics that don’t chafe the skin.
  • After showering or exercising, always thoroughly dry the area under your breasts to prevent moisture building up which can cause an itchy breast rash. - Online Sources 

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