This wash helps to prevent ingrown hairs

It’s great to multi-task-but not always the best choice when taking a shower. Dads often praise two-in-one shampoos and conditioners, but few others find these products appealing. You might want to use a moisturizing body wash instead of lotion, so you can completely skip it. What is the reason for this? It’s easy to understand.

Folliculitis can develop more easily as a result of these products that contain sugar-derived surfactants. Researchers at Sweet Spot Labs are aiming to solve this problem with their Microbiome-Balancing Body Wash ($20).

Inflammation of hair follicles causes folliculitis, which is often accompanied by bacteria and yeast. Interestingly, lipophilic ingredients such as ceramides, fatty acids, esters, and amino acids, which are all great for dry skin, can feed yeast and bacteria, further irritating prickly hair follicles. “We wanted to develop something that could, on one hand, help purify sebum or bacteria, but also importantly [that wouldn’t trigger] Malassezia yeast growth,” says Julie Chamberlain, Sweet Spot Labs general manager. “There is a growing amount of research being conducted in that area, whether it applies to fungal acne or fungal folliculitis, and we really want to be on the forefront of that.”

Even the surfactant – or soaping agent – itself had to be analyzed in order to create a new body wash. In most cases, coconuts are used as a source of surfactants, but some of these contain sugar that feeds yeast. Thus, the chemists used a clay-based surfactant to absorb and nix debris in combination with green tea seed and green tea leaf extract to soothe the skin, without feeding the flora that live on the skin around the bikini line.

According to Tamika Cross, MD, a gynecologist, all of this chemistry is vital since modern methods for removing pubic hair can increase the risk of developing folliculitis. You make microscopic cuts every time you shave your legs and leave tiny openings. “You don’t necessarily need blood to know that it’s bleeding, but just a few small scratches are fine,” she says. You might be able to see improvement in folliculitis if you wash with a formula that both kills bacteria and fungi (and does not feed them with ingredients to help them grow further).

My biggest fear with the body wash was that it would drier my skin than I’ve experienced with other formulas, but I can honestly say the formula feels really creamy and my skin is still highly moisturized after using it. Furthermore, I’ve experienced less folliculitis flare-ups since using this body wash while training for a marathon. Besides being unscented, pH-balanced, and containing peptides and prebiotics, the formula minimizes the appearance of scarring in the long run.

The formula could be beneficial to anyone with yeast on the skin, despite being specifically designed to treat inflamed follicles. Sometimes, patients have yeast on the skin without having folliculitis, such as when they just have irritation or tiny bumps on their skin. In microscopically ridding our skin of these aggressors, we can hope to achieve happier, healthier skin in the future. Obviously, this is more for intimate parts, but it can be used anywhere.

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