There’s an old adage that beauty is pain — and ladies, let’s face it: You likely put up with a lot in the name of meeting arbitrary beauty standards. Women throughout history have endured pain in search of beauty miracles. Just look at practices like foot-binding, lead-based makeup, tapeworm diets, and even the consumption of arsenic (an actual poison!) to enhance one’s complexion.
Luckily, you live in an era where women of all sizes, shapes, complexions, and appearances can be celebrated for their unique beauty and character. You don’t have to put up with pain to look and feel radiant, and there’s no need to struggle with irritation and discomfort due to your waist training regimen.
It’s not uncommon, especially for those new to wearing corsets, to notice new marks appear on the skin. Waist trainer marks might appear due to boning pressing into your torso or irritation like chafing and rashes. Fortunately, these issues are temporary.
Waist trainer marks are incredibly easy to address with a few simple tweaks to your routine, and you can go on enjoying the contouring and support offered by these age-old compression garments.
A steel-boned corset is a compression garment, which means that it’s designed to fit snugly. As a result, it’s not unusual to see some marks on your skin after several hours of wear, especially if the corset is in direct contact with your skin.
Luckily, there’s a simple fix: Just place a layer between your skin and the corset. Whether you don a soft camisole or a basic cotton tee or tank top underneath, adding an extra layer of fitted material should help alleviate some of the discomfort caused by boning channels pressing directly on your skin.
However, it’s important to pay attention to any unusual pain or discomfort, which could indicate that you’re lacing too tightly or that your garment isn’t properly sized or shaped for your body. Keep in mind that a new corset can also cause some discomfort until it conforms to your body through proper seasoning.
Corsets are typically made of robust fabric to withstand the tension of cinching. However, some come with a softer lining designed to protect your skin. If you’re not keen to wear an extra layer under your corset, this inner lining is vital, as it protects both your skin and the integrity of the garment.
Still, you might find yourself dealing with issues like chafing as you move throughout the day, or you might notice bumps or rashes appear if you run hot and tend to sweat in your corset. There are a couple of ways to deal with these issues.
The easiest solution is to add another layer of soft cotton, like a tank top, to help absorb moisture and provide a soft surface between your skin and your corset. If you already run hot and this won’t work, try applying baby powder to clean, dry skin before slipping into your corset. This may necessitate more frequent garment cleaning and care, but it’s worth it to protect your skin.
Dealing with Chafing and Rashes
If you’re late to the skin-protection party and you’ve already developed a rash, the best thing you can do is take a short break from waist training to allow your skin to heal. Keep the area clean and dry, and make sure to soothe irritated skin with a mild moisturizer that contains healing ingredients like aloe vera or coconut oil.
When your skin is back in shipshape, return to your waist training regimen armed with new knowledge that will help you avoid future irritation.
- How to Avoid Chafing & Rashes While Waist Training
- What To Wear Under a Corset
- Skin Issues While Wearing Your Corset
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My name is Rachel, I am the owner of Glamorous Corset, a small business founded by me in 2010. Back In 2005, I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated disk. Much to my surprise I learned steel boned corsets were beneficial to several medical injuries including mine. I was always intrigued with corsetry, their history and their beautiful aesthetic. I love sharing knowledge about corsets, educating my wonderful readers and breaking the negative stigma related to corsetry. In combination with my years of research and personal experience I hope my articles are useful and can help anyone who has struggled with some of the same things I have. More about me…