Thankfully, it isn't widespread. It isn't itchy. It just sort of sucks when it pops up. I've learned to manage it usingcocoa butter and a variety of skin oils. Sometimes I use an antifungal, but I haven't concluded if the yeast is in fact a component of the rash.
Because of this little rash, I have stopped using all potential irritants...which means I don't use soap unless it is 100% natural with synthetic chemicals. I've pretty much transformed my way of life. I don't wear makeup. I don't color my hair. Just me and that's it.
Now just because I have gone all natural doesn't mean I don't stay clean. Actually, I find that a good exfoliation routine keeps the rash at bay. I know this because the rash always seems to show it's ugly self if I've gone a week without showering consistently (don't judge me...I'm out in the woods a lot okay).
So, I've come up with a nice, textured soap made with sea salt. Not the super chunky sea salt and not the large crystal Kosher sea salt. Just the smaller version. Just enough abrasion to help slough off skin, but not so rough that I get cut up. That would be awful.
- 11 ounces coconut oil, unrefined is best
- 3 ounces apricot kernel oil
- 1 ounce castor oil
- 1 ounce shea butter
- 6.5 ounces fine sea salt
- 2.3 ounces lye
- 6 ounces water
- Prepare your mold. I use a wooden box that I made, but anything will do.
- Measure the water and the lye. Add the lye into the water and stir.
- Set the lye-water mixture aside until it reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While you are waiting for the temperature to drop too 100F, combine the oils in a nonreactive pot and heat. The oils need to match the temperature of the lye-water mixture within 10 degrees.
- Add the lye to the oils.
- Using an immersion blender, whip that baby up until you have a light trace.
- Stir in the salt with a wooden spoon and add the soap to the molds.
- Unmold after 24 hours and allow the soap to cure for 6 weeks.