You would probably marry your leggings. They are comfortable, versatile, and always look good. But your favorite pair of leggings or yoga pants could contribute to these unexpected health issues.
Chafing is the act of making skin sore by rubbing against it. When wearing leggings or other tight clothing, you have to worry about the friction this causes on your skin, explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Chafing contributes to cracks on the outer layer of skin, a lack of hydration of the skin, and inflammation. The best way to treat chafing: remove the “offending” agents, says Dr. Zeichner. This means taking a break from your leggings and loading up on moisturizer. Your skin wishes it could tell you these secrets to a better complexion.
Folliculitis is a fancy name for the inflammation of your hair follicles. You have probably noticed a few red bumps after shaving your legs. Well imagine the discomfort of that, but between your legs. Bacterial or fungal infections are the main causes of folliculitis, and the issue will normally clear up in a few days with proper self-care: moisturizing, not wearing leggings 24/7, and cleaning the infected area. However, if you notice that the hair follicles look more infected, Mayo Clinic recommends consulting with a doctor and applying antibiotic cream or antifungal cream. You may also want to try aloe vera to add moisture back into the skin. Here are more beauty uses for aloe vera.
Any health problem with the word “worm” in the name has major ick factor. But keep your panic in check: Ringworm has nothing to do with an actual worm. It is a fungal infection caused by excessive sweating in tight exercise gear, says Dr. Zeichner. This infection presents as a red, scaly, and sometimes itchy rash on the skin or in the groin. To get rid of ringworm, Zeichner suggest an over-the-counter antifungal cream or seeing your doctor for a prescription if your case is more severe.