If you are a serious cyclist you’ll know what I mean when I say saddle burn is the least comfortable part of your ride. Or at least the one that unexpectedly catches up with you when you least expect it. It could come ten minutes in or two hours after you first down pedal and can really sour your outing.
The constant up-down, back-forth on the saddle and the friction of the inner upper thighs can start with a superficial skin irritation that can quickly develop into a full blown boil. Boils, if left untreated, can be painful enough to keep you off the pedals longer than you would like as your body tries to heal itself.
If you grit your teeth through the pain you are just asking for ulcerations to develop. These are where assorted bacteria will run wild on your deeper layers of exposed skin resulting in a more serious infection that might involve a dermatologist. There are ways to avoid, or to minimize this nasty condition with your riding technique, choice of apparel and/ or saddle. Then there is “chamois cream”, marketed as healing solution that kills the culprit bacteria and lubricates for a smoother, pain-free ride. Sounds good, right? Think again.
Saddle burn affects women cyclists more frequently
Women cyclists fall victim to friction related sores more than their male counterparts. It is not fully understood why this happens but what is known are the negative side effects of some remedies the ladies try to tackle their sore spots.Powders, marketed to treat the problem contain talc, has been linked to ovarian cancer.
Similarly many of the commercially sold chamois creams use mineral oils or petroleum based ingredients that will clog your pores and may introduce nasty chemicals that are a product of processing the petroleum into a final product. Other creams claim to be made with natural or organic ingredients but with unspecified sourcing or actual percentages of claimed natural ingredients. For all you know the “natural” component may be tiny and sourced from a pesticide laden farm.
That is the amazing assurance you get with USDA certified organic skincare products: you know that at least 95% of the product you are about to apply to your body is truly organic and that includes the land where the ingredients were grown.That is why we are proud to offer our Amla Repair C Balm as a healthy and effective choice to soothe saddle sores because of the ingredients chosen and the USDA Certified Organic sourcing.
Enso Beauty Company’s Organic Amla Repair C Balm has the following beneficial ingredients:
Alma Fruit Extract: High Vitamin C content as well as antibacterial, and anti fungal properties.
Sunflower Seed Oil: With a high Vitamin E content, this oil increases the lubricating properties of the cream.
Marigold Flower Extract: A natural antiseptic/ anti inflammatory used as a skin healing ingredient.
Jojoba Seed Oil: Anti inflammatory properties used to alleviate chaffing and chapping.
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Analysis Finds Link Between Talc Powders, Ovarian Cancer.- April 11, 2000