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    Chemical burns from sportswear

    I have some sports bras that I really like, except that every time I wear one to workout I end with what can only be described as chemical burns. I get a redness and blisters. Very itchy. It is a polyester/spandex 80/20 mix, (yes made in Vietnam).
    Does anyone know any tricks to make this clothing less irritating to wear?
    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we will all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I have some sports bras that I really like, except that every time I wear one to workout I end with what can only be described as chemical burns. I get a redness and blisters. Very itchy. It is a polyester/spandex 80/20 mix, (yes made in Vietnam).
    Does anyone know any tricks to make this clothing less irritating to wear?
    I assume the garment has been washed. Look into detergents that might help with sensitive skin, or that are extra-effective at removing irritants found in textiles. First, I would try using body powder, to see if the problem is moisture/chafing. If that doesn't do it, I'd look into sensitivity to spandex, as this is apparently a problem for some folks, and can cause contact dermatitis. Call the company that makes the bra, and explain what you're experiencing; tell them you really like the product, and want to wear it, but it's causing irritation and do they have any suggestions? Maybe some colors are more likely to cause the problem than others, and they might be able to recommend the ones that are least problematic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mountain View Post
    I assume the garment has been washed. Look into detergents that might help with sensitive skin, or that are extra-effective at removing irritants found in textiles. First, I would try using body powder, to see if the problem is moisture/chafing. If that doesn't do it, I'd look into sensitivity to spandex, as this is apparently a problem for some folks, and can cause contact dermatitis. Call the company that makes the bra, and explain what you're experiencing; tell them you really like the product, and want to wear it, but it's causing irritation and do they have any suggestions? Maybe some colors are more likely to cause the problem than others, and they might be able to recommend the ones that are least problematic.
    Great suggestion, thanks. This is the only article of clothing which does this to me. Doesn't matter what color I wear either. I will try calling the company.
    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we will all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy."
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    Try american made equivalent garments. One of my buddies had foot issues with chinese made boots. Apparently bad shortcuts are made with ingredients used to expedite the process.
    1 Corinthians 18:20 I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.

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    I've had a similar problem - but mostly in the summer. I think it's all synthetics; if you look there are still some cotton bras out there. One thing that helped a great deal was a cream called "Fresh Breast" - it dries to a powder-like finish. (They make a similar product for guys btw).

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    Googling turned up a lawsuit aimed at Victoria's Secret for formaldehyde in their bras. Also the info that certain chemicals used to maintain elasticity can cause the burns. Washing makes it worse as it releases more of the chemical.
    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we will all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy."
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    A people who no longer recognize sin and evil, are not a people who will recognize tyranny and despotism either. Invar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Googling turned up a lawsuit aimed at Victoria's Secret for formaldehyde in their bras. Also the info that certain chemicals used to maintain elasticity can cause the burns. Washing makes it worse as it releases more of the chemical.
    This^^^ Also avoid washing with regular detergents as they can compound these issues, wash them with baby shampoo and by hand in cold water.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Icebreaker and smartwool makes excellent bras and panties. Can’t be beat.

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    So, it wasn't just me. I have a couple of athletic bras from WM that are impossibly itchy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Googling turned up a lawsuit aimed at Victoria's Secret for formaldehyde in their bras. Also the info that certain chemicals used to maintain elasticity can cause the burns. Washing makes it worse as it releases more of the chemical.
    Does the product have a wicking finish? Chinese textile companies are always taking shortcuts. Under price pressure, they use substandard dye stuffs, cut corners on application, etc etc. Formaldehyde levels that are in all dyes, get greatly compounded with cheap crappy dyes. With millions of garments involved, and the retail lobby in DC what it is, the garbage gets thru. Always, wash what you buy before you wear it. I know, I make the stuff.....

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    Cardinal, my rule: *any* clothing of mine that has been properly washed and is still causing rashes goes into the trash.

    Sears was carrying some crappy women's dress pants for awhile that were some sort of cotton/spandex blend, according to the label. They were from Vietnam. I started getting rashes on my thighs and on my skin under the pocket where I was keeping my wallet. In fact, I had an itchy red patch that required several applications of Cortizone 10 to get it under control. I've purchased pants there before and never had a problem, but this pair had an odd sheen to it and felt more like "plastic" than other pants I owned. They went in the trash.

    Last summer, I was in a hurry and ended up with a sale blouse of similar material. It was from Mexico. I started getting rashes under my arms.

    Lesson learned! Last time I was in Kohl's, I ran into some pants with that similar fabric. I left them there. I don't know if it's something in the processing or the dye or . . . ? And I really don't care. I think it's stupid that this problem even exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meemur View Post
    Cardinal, my rule: *any* clothing of mine that has been properly washed and is still causing rashes goes into the trash.

    Sears was carrying some crappy women's dress pants for awhile that were some sort of cotton/spandex blend, according to the label. They were from Vietnam. I started getting rashes on my thighs and on my skin under the pocket where I was keeping my wallet. In fact, I had an itchy red patch that required several applications of Cortizone 10 to get it under control. I've purchased pants there before and never had a problem, but this pair had an odd sheen to it and felt more like "plastic" than other pants I owned. They went in the trash.

    Last summer, I was in a hurry and ended up with a sale blouse of similar material. It was from Mexico. I started getting rashes under my arms.

    Lesson learned! Last time I was in Kohl's, I ran into some pants with that similar fabric. I left them there. I don't know if it's something in the processing or the dye or . . . ? And I really don't care. I think it's stupid that this problem even exists.

    purchase 100% cotton, linen, or wool only. Many of the mixed blend fabrics today contain plastic composites in the form of coatings that hide things like manufacturing errors.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    I would never wear any clothing that gave me a chemical burn more than once! You can get cancer from that. My mother had a pair of Keds that she always wore and she always had this huge chemical burn on the top of her foot. She always complained about it but she wouldn't stop wearing them even though I tried to explain to her that she was being poisoned. She did get cancer four different times after that and died from a rare cancer that we don't know where it came from. I wouldn't take the chance.

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    Don't just toss the offending garments, y'all. Take them back to the store, tell the manager, and get your money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bev View Post
    Don't just toss the offending garments, y'all. Take them back to the store, tell the manager, and get your money back.
    At this juncture getting my money back would be near impossible, I tossed the tags. So I am out close to $100.00 as I bought five or six of these.
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