If your legs are red, bumpy, and irritated, don’t blame your soap or body lotion. It may be your skinny jeans. Those popular body-huggers may look hot, but they could be causing some very uncool things on your skin.
When you move in your skinny jeans, the material causes friction on your skin, which over time, can lead to folliculitis, inflammation of the hair follicles. If you have red, itchy bumps or pimples, especially on your thighs where skinny jeans tend to be tightest, then stop wearing them for a few days to let your skin heal. To treat folliculitis, you can apply warm compresses to the affected area for a few minutes twice a day. Sometimes over-the-counter topical antibiotics such as bacitracin can help. If the condition worsens, spreads, or doesn’t resolve after a week, then contact your doctor.
Before wearing your skinny jeans again, be sure to moisturize your skin well which makes it less prone to irritation from fabrics.
If all else fails, go shopping. According to fashionistas, spring 2012 is all about wide-leg jeans.
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*This blog post was originally published at The Dermatology Blog*