This is not a topic that is commonly discussed, but starting about this time of year many women begin suffering from a rash under their breasts. Any place that allows moisture to accumulate (toes, groin, breasts) can create ideal conditions for fungal infections to thrive.
We have been amazed at the number of unusual remedies visitors to this website have discovered over the years. Because we are all unique, what works for one person may not work for someone else. That is why trial and error are an essential part of the process. Here are just a few suggestions we have received to combat breast rash:
“I control under-breast rash with coconut oil that I apply after I shower. It doesn’t stain my clothes and it doesn’t lose its effectiveness after years of use.” E.P.
“I just saw my gynecologist about this problem last week. He advised against using corn starch as fungus spores actually feed on it and hence exacerbate the problem. I’ve been using a generic antifungal cream for athlete’s foot/jock itch at night and the same brand of powder during the day with good results. The Dr. said that clotrimazole, tolnaftate, terbinafine, or miconazole may all work and to just try one for a few days and if it doesn’t work switch to another active ingredient. I first tried a spray powder, but the propellant burned my skin where it was raw from scratching.
“There is also a super-absorbent powder on the market, Zeasorb, that is cornstarch free. It is a good product, but I can’t stand the medicinal smell of it during the day.
“So far, clotrimazole products are working for me. Dr. also prescribed a Diflucan oral dose that helped jumpstart the healing.
“The secret to healing is keeping the skin dry. I live in a very humid climate and work and exercise outside a lot. I have found that if I fold a Viva paper towel (they are as soft as cloth) into a strip about 2” wide and put it under my breasts on top of the powder and under the band of my bra it is an enormous help. It also serves as a cushion between my bra band and my irritated skin. I even keep a spare towel in my purse in case I need to replace it during the day. The towel is completely undetectable under my clothes. I have also tried strips of soft cotton cloth, but find the disposable towels easier and more convenient.
“I hope this info helps. I know your misery and feel your pain!” L.C.
“During the humid southern summers I am plagued with underarm rash and from time to time rash under my breasts. I mix one part cheap MOM (milk of magnesia with no flavoring) and one part Super Medicated Witch Hazel or Listerine type mouth wash (amber colored) and use this to cure any rash. I also apply a zinc oxide based baby diaper rash ointment to the areas affected by rash. It keeps me comfortable all during the hot weather.
“PS I also dry my underarms and under my breasts with paper toweling rather than cloth and use paper towels or even toilet paper as a sweat barrier between my bra and breasts.” L.H.G.
“MOM! Milk of Magnesia works well! Dab it on, let it dry, or use a hair dryer to accelerate.” F.G.
“I have been using the People’s Pharmacy MoM (milk of magnesia) roll-on deodorant under my breasts for itchy fungal rashes. I use my hair dryer to dry the MoM. The rash usually clears up in 2 days. I LOVE MOM!” Joanne
“I use Desitin Ointment to clear up the itchy rash. Then I use People’s Pharmacy Milk of Magnesia roll-on deodorant to keep the areas dry and rash free. It works well during hot summer days.” H.B.
Anyone who would like to learn more about our aluminum-free formulas of milk of magnesia (MoM) roll-on deodorants may wish to go to this link. By the way, we discourage using antiperspirants on the breast as one reader recommended. Aluminum in the antiperspirant is worrisome, since there are growing concerns about aluminum absorption through this delicate tissue. A recent review offered these observations about aluminum and cancer:
“Aluminium salts are used as the active antiperspirant agent in underarm cosmetics, but they are also present in antacids, food and aluminium-based adjuvants in vaccinations. However, application of aluminium-based antiperspirant salts (which are xenoestrogens) to the underarm provides a specific high and lifetime exposure level in the local area of the human breast.
“Flarend et al. demonstrated the unequivocal absorption of aluminium across the skin and its excretion in urine. Studies using human breast tissue have shown that aluminium can be measured in a range of breast structures (malignant and healthy breast tissues) at higher levels than those in blood. Clinical consequences of the dermal absorption of antiperspirant salts were described in a case study in 2004 reporting bone pain and fatigue associated with toxic blood levels of aluminium, both of which disappeared after discontinuing antiperspirant use.
“Much more recently, aluminium has been shown to result in DNA damage in animal and human mammary epithelial cells and, therefore, has the potential to generate genomic instability in breast tissues. Also the ability of aluminium to increase the growth of MCF10A human breast epithelial cells in semi-solid suspension culture shows that aluminium can affect anchorage-independent growth which is a parameter related to tumour growth in vivo.
“Other authors described how exposure to aluminium salts can increase migratory and invasive properties of human breast cancer cells, changes which are essential for cell metastasis…
“Additionally, aluminium salts have been described as pro-oxidant, proinflammatory factors in the breast microenvironment in both in-vitro and in-vivo models and in this way promote carcinogenesis.”
Here is a link to learn more.