BOARD RASH REMEDIES
Some surfers swear by vaseline, smearing it on affected areas. But experts suggest products like Neosporin, diaper rash cream, A & D Ointment, or cortisone cremes. An even better alternative is Headhunters Rash Guard Cream. Quickly apply this before your surf session and rashes will be a thing of the past.
There are also some holistic options out there for some DIY solutions:
- Calendula is a flower with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and is most commonly used externally for wounds, burns, rashes, etc. It helps to soothe and rejuvenate the skin as a powerful, yet gentle healer. You can also purchase natural salves and lotions made from this.
- Plantains are a powerful anti-inflammatory with astringent properties. They have been used to draw out toxins, poisons, impurities, and infection from the skin when used topically. Consider making a pomade from plantains to help.
- Comfrey is another alternative that contains anti-inflammatory property and boosts the immune system. Comfrey can also be purchased in a cream and speeds wound-healing up,encourages new skin and promotes cell growth.
Often, board rash is just part of surfing and at the end of a great swell it simple become a battle wound with sweet memories of an epic swell (or at least we hope). Just keep in mind that if a rash ever becomes irritated, swollen, or extremely painful, then be sure to check with a doctor to prevent a possible infection.