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Trying to figure out why some bras irritate my skin
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Date: 8/2/13 11:16 AM

As a C/D cup, I simply have to wear a supportive bra to work. I just cannot have jiggling girls distracting the guys I work with. Some bras that I have do okay, but certain ones just make me crazy. They itch in the hook area, and sometimes all across the bottom band.

If the bra is on the smallish size and I have to use to last hook, that's almost always irritating. Bras with picots at the bottom of the band itch like crazy.

Possibilities I can think of are :
1) Maybe a slight metal allergy: using the last hook almost always means there is not enough fabric at the end and the metal of the hook can touch my skin.
2) I may have a mild latex allergy. I sometimes react from surgical gloves (but sometimes this is a reaction to the powder on the glove and not the latex). Panties with elastic that's not covered also make me itchy.
3) Maybe it's a purely mechanical issue. Some bra hooks are really scratchy, possibly from the use of Fray Check, or the cut ends of monofilament threads? Pinchy things really bother me in other places, too. I can't wear stretch bracelets at all. Maybe it's just that the ends of the picots are scratchy?

Plus it's been nearly 100 degrees every day this week and being hot and sweaty just aggravates the itchiness.

Does anyone else have issues like this? Any ideas ? Any "sensitive skin" bras on the market? I was just poking around Bra Makers Supply and most of their band elastic has picots on one edge. Can it be sewn with the picots toward the bra instead of toward the skin?

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Date: 8/2/13 11:19 AM

Have you tried a sports bra?

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Date: 8/2/13 12:11 PM


You might try some corn starch for the itch .. esp in this weather.. I have no idea what new styles/bras are on the market. but I have been intending to buy some sports bras soon. This weather aggravates everything.. I don't even like my hair down when it gets this hot..

PS.. I am tempted to go buy 75 bucks worth of undies at Victorias Secret just to get the PINK and white tote bag.. Let me know if you want to go bra shopping..

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Date: 8/2/13 12:35 PM

Is there a brand of panty liners that works for you? They make them paper thin now. You might try using those against your skin in the worst areas until you come up with a permanent solution.

If you are agile you could also try making a little natural fiber sleeve to slide over the hook area once it is in place.

You've probably have already explored this....could your bra be holding on to extra detergent?

How about remodeling an old bra to use double plastic hardware. I'd want insurance with plastic. That could rule out problems with metal. Hmmm....wonder what is in the paint on bra hooks???

Anyone at home to help? You could try a nipple petal under the hook section - on the weekend - at home - with the lights out. Actually, they are not very thick, it shouldnt look too weird. Again, to help rule out problems.

I'm here with you on the heat and humidity. Already jealous of the ladies talking about sewing their new fall and winter clothes. It is not their weather I am jealous of, it is being able to dress in unlimited delicious layers of beautiful 'traditional' cool weather fabric. We've barely been outside today and my hair is more wet than dry. Oh well....

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Date: 8/2/13 12:58 PM

I wear sports bras for active use (working out, working outside, hiking) most of them are too hot to wear all day.

I have one that's Patagonia brand that's made from a fabric that I might actually be able to wear all day, but I bought it on clearance years ago and I've never seen another like it.

I'd really prefer the silhouette of a standard bra for work, though. They don't all itch as bad. I'm just trying to figure out why some itch and some don't

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Date: 8/2/13 1:05 PM

Quote: poorpigling
You might try some corn starch for the itch .. esp in this weather.. I have no idea what new styles/bras are on the market. but I have been intending to buy some sports bras soon. This weather aggravates everything.. I don't even like my hair down when it gets this hot..
PS.. I am tempted to go buy 75 bucks worth of undies at Victorias Secret just to get the PINK and white tote bag.. Let me know if you want to go bra shopping..

I forgot about cornstarch - that should help where it's the elastic that bothers me...

I'm sitting here typing this with my hair up in a braid, which is my standard summer hairstyle I can't stand for the ends to touch me when it's hot..

Sorry, no Victoria's Secret for me. Everything I've ever bought there has been unwearable. I have much better luck with Bali and Warners

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Date: 8/2/13 1:07 PM

I get itchy (bra area only - undies seem fine. And mostly in the "bridge") sometimes and sometimes not. Heat and sweat are part of the equation, but I have had times when I thought it would be horrible and it wasn't at all bad. And sometimes I don't get the itch until some hours after the fact or even the next day. Same undergarments. Mystery. Oh yes - no rash, just itch.

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Date: 8/2/13 1:19 PM

I don't think it's a detergent issue, or I think all of my bras would itch. The one I'm wearing today is one of the better ones, except that the underwire is cutting me on the sides... It has a very smooth, soft piece of fabric at the end of the band that goes under the hooks area, so this one doesn't itch under the hooks at all... And it's big enough that I'm on the middle hook.

If I ever make my own I think I will try a front hook. I've never had an RTW front hook that fit, I always seem to be between band sizes...

Fall clothes - I'm with ya. I'll be in sandals til about Thanksgiving... I still have a couple wool sweaters I keep because I love them, but they usually only get worn once or twice until it gets too warm again (mid-February...)

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Date: 8/2/13 1:26 PM

The "bridge"? You mean between the girls?

I have a completely different issue if I leave a sports bra on too long after a workout. Like sit down and cool off in front of the computer and realize I've been sitting there for two hours in sweaty clothes. Then the band area can get really itchy, epecially in the front, but that may be a bacterial or fungal thing... I even developed a rash at one point. It seemed to help to make sure to wash all my sports bras in warm rather than cold, and to take them off right away when done with the sweaty activity...

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Date: 8/2/13 4:46 PM

My daughter and I both have a severe nickel allergy, and yes, the hooks CAN irritate your skin.

Ever get the Band-Aid rash? Certain elastics can cause an allergic reaction similar to the adhesive in band aids. A dermatologist can verify this with a allergy panel via skin test.

Now, about that heat. I think this is probably the biggest culprit right now. I wore a strapless bra two weeks ago when we had mid-90 degree temps and high humidity. I was miserable with an itchy rash that outlined the entire back (silicone backed elastic) and sides of my bra on my skin. It was so bad it was really hard to sleep. My daughter got it too, ditto with my mom.

I called up my dermatologist right away and told him my condition and asked if he could call something in for immediate relief. He called in two topical creams that worked in less than 12 hours! I love that man.

When I'm miserable, I waste no time in getting relief. I see my dermatologist regularly so he didn't have a problem calling it in without seeing me since this issue (heat rash) is already in my file.

It's worth it to call a doctor to get a prescription. Heat rash is no fun. It's miserable and causes insomnia.

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