Rash-No-More: How To Choose The Right Underwear For Sensitive Skin
Taking care of sensitive skin is very important. When choosing which clothes to purchase, we often think about whether or not it will cause excess itching or in extreme cases a rash. The same goes for underwear. We wear it everyday so it is very important to think about the type of material you prefer to wear, the particular style that works best for your skin and body type and how you are washing your delicates and the detergents you are using to do so.
What to Look for In Underwear for Sensitive Skin
One issue that those with sensitive skin might run into is textile dermatitis. This kind of rash is an indication that the person could be allergic to the fabric, dyes, chemicals and preservatives used in the processing or creation of a garment. It can be extremely painful and can lead to a hive or rash breakout.
Save yourself a lot of time and trouble by choosing to wear breathable fabrics, which include organic cotton, lyocell, modal, and bamboo.
If you’re mindful of the material you pick for your underwear, it can create a calm and dry environment for your vagina, especially for those of you suffering with skin sensitivity. Avoid synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester. They create non-breathable underwear which can lead to skin irritation, rashes and bacteria growth in the fibers.
Organic cotton underwear is a great choice when it comes to protecting your skin from recurring rashes and irritation as it is a breathable, sweat-absorbent material.
However, if you have super-sensitive skin, we recommend trying organic fabrics such as TENCEL™ with our soothing zinc infused liner. It’s super breathable, sustainable, eco-friendly and super soft - perfect for sensitive skin. Check out our previous blog post on the benefits of TENCEL™ modal for more info.
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Seamless underwear styles not only hide panty lines, but they feel gentle and smooth against your skin. With seamless underwear, the likelihood of chafing around the waist and upper thighs is diminished due to a lack of uncomfortable elastics within your undies.
A serious concern for sensitive skin is skin darkening. You are more likely to get dark spots and dryness when your underwear is chafing and rubbing the sensitive areas of your body. This can create marks on your skin that take a long time to fade away and skin darkening, which is why seamless underwear is the perfect choice for those of you with sensitive, delicate skin.
One of the most common forms of allergic contact dermatitis is due to latex allergy. Most cotton underwear brands contain latex on its waistbands and leg openings which can lead to rashes, inflammation and constant itching are common allergic reactions to latex sensitivity. Going seamless is one way to avoid contact dermatitis caused by a latex sensitivity.
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What’s the best style of underwear for sensitive skin?
This really depends on the individual. Usually cheeky undies, mid-briefs, and seamless underwear are the go-to choices for those with skin sensitivity, however, everyone's level of comfort is completely different. The main goal for your undies should be to create a lightweight barrier to prevent the painful friction caused from unnecessary chafing.
Briefs tend to offer more coverage than cheekies or thongs. So if your main concern is to protect the sensitive areas of your skin from outerwear, we recommend these styles.
If you hate wearing underwear but still need protection, a thong may be your ideal choice. Not everyone finds this style of underwear comfortable. But if you choose a thong, make sure it fits correctly, it's made with organic fabrics and has a full coverage lining, to ensure ultimate protection of your vagina and the surrounding areas, like Huha's best seller, Mineral thong.
You should also pay special attention to the inside of the underwear to ensure there aren't any harsh seams with threads that can abrade the skin.
Consider replacing your underwear every 6 months to 1 year
This might seem a bit excessive, especially for something that gets washed so regularly. But according to the Good Housekeeping Institute, even clean underwear can contain up to 10,000 living bacteria.
We understand that throwing out your underwear every year isn’t the eco-friendliest option, but if you are prone to sensitive skin or bacterial problems, such as yeast infections, we highly recommend updating your underwear drawers frequently and looking for an option to recycle your used ones.
If you find that you can relate to these problems, it helps both you and the environment if you choose sustainable and biodegradable fibers such as bamboo and TENCEL™.
In summary, skin care is a very important, daily ritual for many of us. We cleanse and moisturize our faces and bodies to ensure our skin is feeling healthy and fresh. We need to extend this level of self care to our intimate areas and this begins with choosing the best undergarments, especially for women who are prone to skin sensitivities. Selecting the right materials, choosing the styles which are most comfortable for your body type and doing the proper research into the manufacturing process including what dyes and chemicals are used in underwear production, are pivotal when choosing the best underwear for your overall skin and vaginal health.
To read more about choosing the right underwear, not just for sensitive skin, but for general women's health and vagina health, check out this blog post. Shop our skin sensitive mineral undies here, including our best-selling mineral cheekies, thongs and high-rise briefs! Now available in purple (for a limited time only!)