A rash refers to any type of inflammation or discoloration that alters the appearance and condition of the skin. When the outside layer of the skin is breached or damaged, microbes like yeast and bacteria can invade the skin. This makes your skin irritated, leading to a rash or in more significant cases, an infection.
Diaper Rash: Most commonly caused by yeast from the skin being wet by urine and stool enzymes. Urine and enzymes increases the skin’s PH level and makes it more susceptible to irritation.
Heat Rash: This occurs when your pores become clogged and you cannot sweat from the affected area. Often found in folds of skin, such as a baby’s neck. More severe cases are called prickly heat, which is more common in adults. Prickly heat is more painful because in occurs deeper in the outer layer of skin. It severe cases, heat rash can led to dizziness and nausea from the inability to sweat.
Chafing: a friction rash caused by your skin rubbing against itself, or skin rubbing against clothing. Runners may suffer from chafing on their thighs, or chafing can occur on nipples constantly rubbing up against a shirt. Chafing can occur anywhere on your body, but is most common in the groin, thighs, underarms and nipples. Chafing looks and feels like a rug burn. Excessive chafing can result in blisters. The most effective cure for chafing is prevention.
Irritant Rash: Also known as contact dermatitis. This is your skins reaction to an irritant or allergic reaction. Your skin may have red patches or streaky marks. The severity of the rash depends on the length and type of exposure your skin has had to the irritant. In most cases healing begins as soon as the irritant is removed. Itching can be severe, as is the case with poison oak or poison ivy. These rashes can last for a few weeks. If you notice your rash getting worse, or other allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately.
Intertrigo: Like heat rash, Intertrigo is found in the folds of the skin, where the skin rubs together. Yeast, fungus and bacteria thrive in this dark, moist environment, causing a red, burning rash. The best way to treat Intertrigo is to allow the area to get some air and keep it dry. The key is prevention. Use a powder to keep the susceptible areas dry.
Seborrhea Rash: A red, itchy rash with white scales. When it is on an adult’s head, it referred to as dandruff. When infants get this rash, it is commonly known as cradle cap. Seborrhea can also occur on other parts of the face. The cause is not entirely known, but yeast plays an important role, aided by stress and hormones.
Tinea: Depending on where tinea is located, it has some common names. Tinea on the feet is athletes foot, and in the groin area is known jock itch. Tinea is a skin infection and can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. It is red and scaly, and may form a crust along the border. Treatment options include topical antifungals. In severe cases, a secondary skin infection may develop requiring antibiotics.
Candida: A common skin infection caused by a fungus that thrives in a warm, moist, creased areas like the armpits, groin and vagina (known as a yeast infection) and under the breasts. Sometimes hair follicles get infected and look like pimples. Dry powders may help prevent fungal infections, and keeping the skin dry and exposed to air (you have permission to walk around naked) is helpful.
Skin Rash Prevention Tips:
Whether you wear work boots, sneakers or high heals, your feet are going to sweat. In the summer I notice women going without stockings, so their bare feet are in their office shoes. It is going to get damp in there. Construction workers in protective boots, athletes in sneaker, kids running around the yard in whatever pair of shoes they threw on will all lead to sweaty, smelly feet.
You have 250,000 sweat glands in your two feet that can produce as much as half a pint of moisture in a day. When your feet sit in wet shoes and socks all day, you are more prone to fungus infections. When that sweat can’t evaporate, bacteria breaks down the sweat, which causes your feet to smell bad. How do you prevent your feet from smelling bad and stinking up the house?
Many of our customers put Squeaky Cheeks in their socks so it is right up against the foot. They have found that it helps control sweat and odor tremendously (read through some testimonials).
As many of you know, when you are overweight you can suffer from heat, friction, and moisture rashes. That rash can often lead to open, cracking sores. I thought all my concerns were addressed by having weight loss surgery. Not! Other concerns soon became apparent, namely problems caused by sagging skin, a side effect of rapid weight loss. I suffered with rashes as I had before. One February morning, I awakened with a horrible, burning rash in and around my navel. A friend gave me a bottle of Squeaky Cheeks powder to try. I applied it and within twenty four hours the redness was gone and the next day the area around my navel was back to normal! Squeaky Cheeks is a funny name, but is a serious product! Now it is a part of my daily personal hygiene.
Dorian K , El Paso TX
They are both active ingredients in Squeaky Cheeks (What sets us apart from any other product on the market)
Bentonite Clay is often used in topical cosmetic products and pharmaceutical medications due to its absorption abilities. It has a particular molecule design that contains a negative ion that attracts positive ions in the body such as bacteria and fungus and draws them into the clay allowing the body to heal itself much quicker. When bentonite is used both internally and externally, it is effective for improving skin health. The clay is used in creams, compresses, and anti-‐irritant lotions. Bentonite is also commonly added to products such as mud packs, baby powders, sunburn cream and face lotions due to its healing properties.
Slippery Elm is a mainstay of herbal medicine for treating itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin as well as cuts scrapes, scratches, and minor burns. The topical application of the bark is known to create a film atop the skin similar to that produced within the digestive tract. The film relieves the inflammation and irritation associated with burns, wounds, abscesses and boils, which can help reduce pain and discomfort. The FDA has approved it as a safe agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, reliving minor pain and inflammation of the affected area.
Our proprietary blends of oils have many benefits. The refreshing properties of the oils smell great will make you feel fresh and energized while the cooling properties benefit by helping to relieve pain. They also have anti-‐bacterial and anti-microbial properties that assist the healing of a variety of skin problems and irritations.
People ask me all the time, "How Do Use It"? Well here are a few tips.
How have you used Squeaky Cheeks?
First and foremost, I'd like to apologize to Rock for getting this review out so damn late. Please don't take that to mean that I think it's a bad product or not worth your time. Quite the contrary! Time just seemed to get away from me a little, that's all.
From my first few days suffering through physical fitness training at the police training academy almost 14 years ago one thing became clearly evident, I was a sweater! Everybody sweats when they workout. But, my capacity to soak everything and everyone in a three foot radius became the stuff of legend! Gross and embarrassing I know. Me and me academy class suffered through it and graduated somewhat dry.
As an avid distance runner I've tried a lot of different things to deal with this problem. Wicking fabric typically found in running clothing works alright up to a point. If you're running outside and have a slight breeze, it does OK. But, when it's calm or I run inside on a treadmill I turn into a sponge. I remember one particular hot and humid day about two summer training seasons ago where it was so nasty that I had to stop and wring out my shirt. It was like a towel from a car wash. Even I was amazed that I could sweat that much!
Running with less clothing works. But, I've already survived a bout of skin cancer once before. I'm not anxious to repeat it. They don't make a sunscreen strong enough to resist my sweat for very long. So, this typically isn't an option for me. Take the sun serious my fellow runners. It's a deadly thing!
Another problem with running shirtless is that the sweat naturally travels down to your shorts. Once any part of your clothing becomes soaked you run the risk of chaffing. To say that this is one of my biggest problems is an understatement. It's a nasty thing because you don't always notice that it's happening until your run's over. Then it's too late to do anything about it. It hurts like Hell, makes you bleed all over the place and can take a long time to heal. There's several products out there to prevent chaffing. I tried many of them. One that I often use is Body Glide. It works fairly well and is similar to a slightly less gooey version of Vaseline. But, it doesn't do anything other than make you feel like a lubricated, wet robot. Depending on how much you apply, it may stain your clothing too. Forget reapplying it after you're soaked. It won't stick then.
Another big issue for me is soaked shoes. Just like the clothing, when your shoes get wet you can also get chaffing on your feet. Some runners claim that they even provide less support wet compared to when they're dry. There's nothing more disgusting feeling than slipping on your shoes the next day before a run and they're still soaked from the previous day's run. I coat both of my feet in Vaseline for every marathon to prevent chaffing. It's a lovely experience that feels like your putting your feet into mud. Better have a towel nearby for your hands! One way I combat soaked shoes is two train with two pairs. I rotate them after each run. I also use a product called Stuffitts to dry out my shoes. The Stuffitts are a shoe insert filled with cedar chips that absorb the sweat inside a wet shoe. It can get confusing rotating shoes and the Stuffitts only last so long before they loose their absorbency.
One product that many runners use to combat sweat and it's related issues is talc powder. Talc is actually a mineral and is used for a variety of different things. It's commonly put in sports related powders. I've used talc before. But, it doesn't absorb water and has a tendency to quickly clump up. It's messy as Hell too. It lasts only a short time. Not a very good combination for long distance runs! So, that's a no go for me too.
So, since I've got lots of issues with sweating; I'm always on the lookout for new ways to combat this sticky topic. My friend, Coach Jeff of the Running Podcast offered up a chance to grab some free swag a couple of months ago on his show. I was lucky enough to get a free bottle of a product called Squeaky Cheeks. Funny name! He'd been rambling on about it since forever. I was anxious to see if it was as good as he claimed.
Squeaky Cheeks was created by Rock Toone out of Utah. Rock's an amazing guy and a Fireman. If there's anybody who'd know about sweating and chaffing besides runners, it'd be the guys and gals who run into burning buildings wearing 70-100 lbs. of gear!
Squeaky Cheeks resembles talc. But, has none whatsoever. It's composed of an unique mixture created by Rock containing corn starch, bentonite clay, slippery elm bark and other natural ingredients. It's got a pleasant, fresh menthol scent to it.
I've gotta be honest here and say that I was disappointed when I first opened my 5 oz. bottle. It just looked and felt too much like the talc powder that I'd sworn off years ago. But, it couldn't hurt to give it a try. Here's the lowdown after testing it for a while now.
The 5 oz. bottle has a flip open squeeze type lid. Which was really handy when putting the product into my shoes, socks and shorts. Unlike the typical pepper shaker type lids you find on talc powder bottles; this design made it a lot less messy. It helps to stand in your bathtub when squirting it in your shorts. That way it's an easy clean up.
Some people who've used the product claim to be slightly irritated by a tingly sensation. My guess is the menthol component. While it was tingly, it didn't irritate my skin at all no matter how long it was applied. It actually felt nice!
I've tried out the product over several different time frames. It lasted much longer than I remember talc ever lasting. Although, I've yet to test it on anything longer than an hour and a half of running. I did give it a try in my work boots. It did last my entire eight hour shift of walking. It absorbed sweat very well. Something that talc doesn't do at all. It didn't stain any of my clothing like some gels have in the past. It's even effective when you're already soaked and have to reapply.
My initial opinion has gone out the window. It's definitely something that I think I'll use while training. If Mother Nature ever smacks down Old Man Winter here in upstate NY long enough for Spring to arrive, I'll definitely be giving it a try during some longer runs and races. I'll be bathing in it during my upcoming 50K!
My 5 oz. bottle costs $13 US and is marketed to last a month. I've been using mine on and off now for about two months. So, it depends on how much you apply and how often. Rock also sells two other sizes: a carton of 50 single use packs for $45 US and a 28 oz. bottle marketed to last six months for $44 US. Both bottles have the handy squeeze top. No matter what size you purchase, you get free shipping.
I like the marketing, I like the price point, I like product and Rock's very approachable if you have any questions! As you put some miles into your life give Squeaky Cheeks a try. It'll keep you dry, chafe free and smelling like you didn't just run a 50K for 10 hours straight!
The unmentionable and embarrassing bodily effects of repetitious exercise — chafed thighs, armpit rash, butt burn — traditionally have been managed with greasy lubricants. Petroleum-based salves or sport-specific rub-on products help eliminate the painful skin-against-skin chafing and chapping common in running, cycling, hiking and other outdoor sports.
Squeaky Cheeks’ namesake product is a non-greasy alternative lubricator. Made of corn starch, bentonite clay, slippery elm bark and other natural ingredients, the product fights chafing by keeping your skin dry.
The company recommends using Squeaky Cheeks under sports bras, in biking shorts, under the arms, in your shoes or any other place that may get clammy, sweaty or chaffed. Squeaky Cheeks is marketing the product to everyone from marathoners to golfers to fly fishers.
Testing it out during a marathon and several adventure races this summer, I’ve been happy with the product’s performance. The powder lasts pretty much all day long, keeping me dry and chafe-free in tender areas.
As a powder, Squeaky Cheeks is a little cumbersome to apply, especially if you’re already out on the race course. Pouring white powder in my shorts definitely got me a weird look or two.
For day trips, I put some in a baggy and keep it in the top of my pack or in a pocket. If and when things get rough, the magic powder is there and ready to soothe, dry and get me on my way again.