How to get rid of a rash under breasts

Posted by Maria on May 31, 2013 under Books, Magazines, Music, Energy Healing, Fitness, Home spa, Ingredients, Massages, Nutrition, Self-Care, Skin Care, Sleep, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | 5 Comments to Read

by Maria Koropecky

Having a rash under the breasts can be very debilitating. Unsightly rashes can undermine your confidence and make you feel self-conscious. A rash may keep you from wearing a cute bikini this summer, or from getting a massage, or from going out on a Saturday night.

To see what I’m talking about, do a Google Images search with the keywords “rash under breast.” You’ll notice many examples of people with reddish patches from the size of a dime to a tennis ball or larger, on the fold of skin beneath the breast and/or throughout their torso. Sometimes the patches are smooth and sometimes they’re bumpy.

Often these rashes will burn, itch and feel uncomfortable and may eventually grow larger or lead to dry skin, cracked skin, blisters, sores, scarring or infection, if they’re not treated.

Sometimes this type of skin rash can appear because of excessive sweating and by wearing an ill-fitting bra. Other causes may include having an allergic reaction to laundry detergents or by just living in a humid environment.

Also, this type of skin rash is known as Candida, a type of fungus. The rashes result from the accumulation of perspiration and this dark, moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for fungus.

Unfortunately, these common and stubborn skin rashes won’t go away on their own. You have to be proactive if you want to get rid of a rash under the breasts and lucky for you, I may have a speedy solution.

1) Change your diet

When my friend learned she is Celiac, she had to make drastic changes to her diet right away without delay. She no longer eats anything that has wheat (gluten) or contains dairy. (She has also chosen not to eat other foods as well). Not only has she lost over 100 pounds in less than a year, she also told me that after a few months, the rash under her breast went away.

That comment got me thinking. It’s common knowledge that the food choices you make will show up on your skin, for better or for worse. So maybe a rash under the breast can be treated with proper nutrition?

If nothing else, reduce the sugar in your diet. Candida infections are fueled by sugar, among other things, and reducing your sugar intake will go a long way to clearing a Candida infection.

If you’d like some guidance on testing whether or not certain foods are good choices for you, please read JJ Virgin’s, The Virgin Diet. In seven weeks, you’ll learn if soy, peanuts, corn, eggs, sugar, dairy and/or gluten are contributing to your skin and health problems.

Update: Here’s another tip I’ve just learned! Take Omega 3 supplements each day and see if that helps!

2) Cleanse your skin with Extra Strength Selsun Blue:

Selsun is a well-known dandruff shampoo. Make sure you buy the Extra Strength formula. It will say 2.5% on the label. The active ingredient you’re looking for is “Selenium Sulphide” which helps with Dandruff, Seborrhea and Tinea versicolor. Don’t be tempted to buy the regular strength even though it costs less and comes in a bigger bottle because it won’t work. My doctor said so.

So while you’re being careful with your nutrition, cleanse the affected skin with Selsun. Massage it into your skin for about a minute and rinse. Pat your skin dry with a towel. Make sure to cleanse the skin each time you shower or bathe.

3) Spray on Micatin:

Micatin Spray Powder is available over-the-counter in most pharmacies. The active ingredient is Miconazole Nitrate 2% which helps with athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm. After you cleanse your skin with Selsun, make sure your skin is completely dry. Shake the can well. Spray a thin layer of Micatin on your rash. It will feel cool which you may appreciate. Start by spraying twice a day, morning and evening. Spraying it on right before you go to bed may help you sleep better because you’ll feel some relief from the burning and itching.

If you cleanse your skin with Selsun and spray on the Micatin and avoid foods that don’t agree with you, you’ll start seeing the redness of the skin rash fade in three, four or five days.

Of course there are also many other home remedies you can try to treat your rash like:

  • Remembering to keep the skin dry at all times as moist skin is more prone to fungal infection than dry skin.
  • Dusting baking soda, cornstarch or bentonite clay on skin to whisk moisture away.
  • Applying ointments made from ingredients like aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, oil of oregano, tea tree essential oil, or turmeric topically for their anti-fungal properties.
  • Applying Calamine lotion to soothe itching.
  • Placing a cooling ice pack on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes a day.
  • Washing clothes, especially underwear, in hot water, and using vinegar or unscented detergents.
  • Not using dryer sheets when drying clothes.
  • Washing bed linens often.
  • Wearing clothes made of natural fibers which allow the skin to breathe.
  • Not sharing towels, hair brushes or other personal grooming supplies.
  • Showering promptly after a workout.

And if none of these suggestions work, as me about Energy Healing. An Energy Healing session will definitely speed things along.

This Homespunspa article shouldn’t be used as a replacement for medical advice and please see your doctor is your symptoms persist for several more weeks.

Rest assured, rashes under the breast can be treated. You’ll be sitting poolside and getting a massage in no time! Please leave a comment if you found this information helpful.

Does Being Pregnant Make Your Nails Grow Faster?

Posted by Maria on May 11, 2013 under Dear Homespunspa, Homespunspa, Ingredients, Manicures, Mobile Spa, Newspapers and Newsworthy, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa Party, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

Yesterday, Homespunspa Mobile Spa was invited to give mini mani’s to new mothers at the MotherFest at Mothering Touch. It was a pre-Mother’s Day mini mani marathon for me and Ranjit and the nail polish was flying!

The most popular colour choice? Good ol’ Lucky Lucky Lavender. See if you can spot the bottle in the photo below.

Homespunspa's collection of nail polish colours.

Homespunspa's collection of nail polish colours.

The new mothers brought their babies to the event and had a choice of treating themselves to all kinds of pampering services from Thai Massage to Belly Painting to a Photoshoot. At one point in the afternoon, there must have been at least 60 babies in the store at once. It was truly an honour and a really joyful experience for me to be so close to so many infants at the same time. One was only three weeks old! So cute!

Anyway, back to the question at hand: Does Being Pregnant Make Your Nails Grow Faster?

As each of the women sat in front of me to get their nails filed and polished, I asked many of them, just out of curiosity, if they’re finding a difference in their nails now that they’re pregnant. The surprising answer was “Yes” and most, if not all of them, had noticed how much stronger their nails were and how much faster they grew while they were pregnant. One woman said, “It must be the prenatal vitamins we’re taking.” :)

Prenatal vitamins are designed to help ensure better health for fetus and mother. These vitamins and supplements contain high concentrations of folic acid, calcium and iron and low amounts of vitamin A. Some brands also include Omega-3’s and DHA.

As it turns outs, it’s not the prenatal vitamins that make the nails grow stronger and faster — it’s the pregnancy hormones that are key. During pregnancy, the woman’s body starts to produce a bigger batch of hormones than usual and these hormones have a number of tasks and responsibilities. For one, they boost circulation and send a constant deluge of vital nutrients to the skin, which in turn makes nails grow faster.

So that answers that.

If you’re a new mom and can’t keep up with trimming your nails during this special time and want a little treat for yourself, please call me, Maria, at Homespunspa. I’d be happy to come to your home and give you your choice of a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage at your convenience. And the beauty of a mobile spa is…you don’t have to worry about getting a babysitter because you’ll be within earshot of your little ones the whole time. And why not invite some friends over and make it a spa party?

Anyway, I’d like to take this moment to wish all of the moms and mother figures out there and especially my own dear mother, a very happy Mother’s Day. Cheers to you!

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