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March 17th, 2017
Posted In: Articles, How-To
For this Wetsuit Wearhouse Blog installment, we’re addressing How to Treat Surf Rash. In our most recent affiliated segment, we tackled the issue of surf rash with a blog titled How to Prevent Surf Rash. Most of you have probably learned the hard way and are wondering, sure that’s all fine and dandy, but what do you do once it’s too late? We hear ya! Whether it’s a DIY natural remedy, or your store-bought over the counter solutions, we’ll cover it all to keep you in the water, doin’ your thing!
DIY: The Holistic Way to Treat Surf Rash
If you’re anything like me, you scramble around the house fixing up your own remedy before you opt for running to the store. First, it’s important to know which herbs will be useful to you, and the healing properties they contain:
Make Your Own Surf Rash Salve!
These three herbs combined into a salve work together as a great healer to treat surf rash. A salve is an herb-infused ointment used to treat a variety of skin conditions. Salves are a great, convenient way to bring the healing properties of herbs deep into the tissues for repair. To make your own salve, you will need the following:
Now that the oil is infused with the properties of the herbs, it’s time to make the salve!
Even when you’re not catching waves, this herbal salve is versatile and can be used for scrapes and bug bites as well! However, if you haven’t got the items on hand or the time to make your own DIY remedy, you’ll need to know which store-bought solutions will work for you!
Store Bought Products!
Broadly speaking, there are two different types of products you can buy to treat surf rash, those that are petrochemical (i.e petroleum) based, and ones that are naturally derived. The petrochemical option/generic products will provide a layer over the skin to keep moisture in, but they don’t actually aid much more than that. The biggest concern with petrochemical options is that due to different refining standards, not all cancer-causing carcinogens are removed, and over time will damage items like your wetsuit or other gear. Plus, what you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream and also in this case, the ocean…. no thanks! With that aside, petrol products aren’t sustainable or eco-friendly, which is important to any water-sport enthusiast.
Let’s talk naturally-derived, eco and surfer friendly options! Let’s face it- if it isn’t as harmful as petrochemical option, it already sounds more appealing, and the best we’ve seen is SETT Surf Rash Cream! Designed to specifically to treat surf rash by soothing the burn and reducing the redness and sensitivity, it also ultimately will get you back out enjoying the waves again! The formula includes natural moisturizers like Coconut Oil, as well as other heavy-hitters like Manuka honey, Aloe Vera, Papaya and Seaweed to help remove the dead skin cells and keep your skin in great condition. SETT Surf Rash Cream is paraben free, sulfate free, silicone free and petrolatum free!
Wave goodbye to surf rash! No more walking like a crab because of board short rash, or having to explain the “hickey-like” chafe marks on your skin. Have any of these methods worked for you in treating surf rash? Perhaps you even have other tips to share with your fellow surfers! Leave your ideas in the comments below! Or, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to call us (866.906.7848), e-mail or catch us on live-chat! We love to hear from you!
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