How to Avoid Skin Irritations Caused by Shapewear

How to Avoid Skin Irritations Caused by Shapewear
updated: June 28th, 2020

One major hindrance to enjoying the fabulousness that the Waist trainer or Shapewear offers are the skin irritations that can develop from the abuse, overuse or wrong use of shapewear.

Today, we would like to share some information regarding a ‘hot’ topic. “How to Avoid Skin Irritation from Shape wears.” Many fabulous ladies or fashionistas have questions on how to deal with these embarrassing issues.

Enitan from our inbox says, “This problem won’t let me be fabulous in my waist trainers during sporting activities, I always have the Itch”.

Priscillia says,” I am forced to only wear my waist trainer on Sundays or important workdays alone, even though I am a very active Mom who just wants a killer figure.”

When it comes to waist trainers plus living in the tropics, this topic is the elephant in the room.

In this article we will be identifying the various skin irritation issues that may arise from waist trainers and proffer solutions on ways to avoid them, some of these solutions may need you to tweak them a little to suit your unique situation.



Please note that an intended side effect of wearing a waist trainer is increased perspiration especially during a high-intensity activity like exercises. (Remember to stay hydrated with water). Sweating is always a problem if your waist trainers or its liners are made from non-moisture absorbing synthetic fibres instead of breathable natural fabrics like cotton.

Sweating in a waist trainer is hot, wet, uncomfortable and suffocating. It can worsen an itch; chafing of your skin under the waist trainer. Especially if the waist trainer is two or three sizes too small. It can also cause your skin to become a breeding ground for microbes which multiply rapidly in dark, warm, moist, anaerobic conditions.

Also, the sweat from your skin can damage your waist trainers, causing the fabric to wash out or weaken faster. You also have to constantly wash the shapewear when it is soiled from sweat and skin sebum or oil, this constant wash also damages the fibres.


Itchy skin under a waist trainer is extremely uncomfortable. A lot of factors may lead to itching but sweating and hot weather can worsen it. If you have very dry skin, use a moisturizer after a shower and/or before putting on your waist trainer. As you get on in age, your skin needs more opportunity to breathe as the largest body organ. Small irritations may lead to itching under the waist trainer.


Some harmful microbes which are anaerobic love to breed in moist dark places. An example here is yeast. Especially the Candida sp. It loves the human body so much it is found in the most unlikely places in/on the body.

Not just your mouth or private regions but anywhere in the folds of your skin. If you are not careful and practical with your choice of waist trainer/shapewear brand and size, you may inadvertently open up your skin under the waist trainer for infections like Ringworm, Eczema, psoriasis etc.

Other Skin irritations to avoid when using Shape wears includes Chafing/Burning of the skin, Pressure points, Skin calluses and “toughening” of your skin and so on.


Skin irritations are common with people who have really sensitive skin. But there are a few things you can do to prevent it. While we can’t stop our skin from carrying out its primary functions, we can take a few measures to be both comfortable, look fabulous and have great skin too to booth!

Let’s look at some solutions:

    • Do you have a latex sensitivity? So many other options! There are many latex-free waist trainers that offer the same if not better, slimming power that you need.
    • If you are like Enitan, who wants unhindered airflow for your skin, consider a mesh waist trainer. The mesh will give your skin room to breathe. In short, you get the two in one advantage: Flattering Figure with comfortable high compression plus, a sensual, see-through design.
    • As much as possible, choose silk, cotton, wool, sport mesh or any other light breathable material for your waist trainers and liners instead of polyester, nylon, vinyl etc.
    • For those who like a bit of an edgier look to their waist trainers, real leather breathes better than PVC.
    • Always use a good moisturizing lotion. It does wonders for sensitive skin.
    • High-quality waist trainers have a specialized lining, made from materials like cotton plus spandex. This will absorb moisture and provide a soft layer on your skin so that it doesn’t get irritating.
    • Have you tried wearing a tank top, camisole or other lightweight cotton garments underneath the waist trainer? Give it a try? Thank me later! This can increase the airflow, helping your skin stay free of moisture.
    • Use waist or inner liners or shirts made from no less than 85% natural fibres like cotton or bamboo.

If you already own Waist trainers made from synthetic materials, fear not! Here are a few tricks to help you stay fabulous as you avoid skin irritations.

How to control sweating when you already have a waist trainer made from synthetic materials?

    • Powder your skin before you put on the waist trainer. It’s same as using baby powder to prevent diaper rash. Try cornstarch powder if you are worried about Talcum powder causing cancer.
    • For the hardcore fab ladies, this is trick you can use, if you work in a well air-conditioned office or airy place, you can take your waist trainer in your bag – wear at work, and take it off again when you leave for home. This way you will still be able to waist train successfully.
    • A liner containing 5-10% Spandex or Lycra will be stretchy enough and still be sufficiently breathable to avoid itching.
    • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, can’t stress this enough. As you moisturize wear clean breathable inner liners before your waist trainers.
    • Own more than one or two high-quality trainers so you don’t worry too much about accumulating microbes on one.

Pro Tip:

Have an itch you can’t ignore under your waist trainer? Always carry a ruler or bobby pin in your hand-bag. Use when necessary. For Guys, a pen will do. Any long, thin or flat object will do the trick. Thank me later!

Always choose the right sized waist trainer. Don’t know how to determine your size or shape? Next, see how to choose the perfect shapewear.

When choosing your shapewear always go one dress size down. You still get the results and stay comfortable. Have you experienced any of these skin irritations? How did you overcome them? Let’s read your story in the comment section.

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58 thoughts on “How to Avoid Skin Irritations Caused by Shapewear”

    June 28, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks Damidols.I love the Pro tip ! Lol! It works all the darn time!

      July 2, 2020 at 3:12 am

      Thanks camisole,I never knew shapewear even cause rashes on the skill

    June 28, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks Damidols.I love the Pro tip most ! Lol! It works all the darn time!

      Awe Blessing
      July 1, 2020 at 9:16 pm

      Hey, damidols, thanks for the update, honestly I wasn’t considering using waist trainers before, but now I see that it is no big deal.

        March 9, 2021 at 2:05 am

        Thanks 🙏 I’m reading now getting excited still to wear in 2 days

      Nwankwo Samuel Chimaobi
      July 1, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      Hello, damidols, thanks for the update, honestly I wasn’t considering using waist trainers before, but now I see that it is no big deal.

      July 2, 2020 at 6:07 am

      I love the tips given make sense will like if u will explain that precautions on what to wear more

    July 1, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks to damidols this is best to read of, more wisdom

    Yhutee Francis Edet
    July 1, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    This is article has been really helpful to me

      Arleth San Miguel
      February 18, 2021 at 4:01 am

      Thank you I never knew that waist trainers can cause irritations and lead to a rash, this was a great tip !

    July 1, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Well to me this is a eye opener, more of a classroom teaching to enlighten us on these facts.
    Kudos to the authors of this wonderful lecture..

      Ibraheem Damilare
      July 2, 2020 at 5:29 am

      This is so helpful in avoiding skin irritation due to waist trainers. Thumbs up to the writer

    July 1, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Well to me this is a eye opener, more of a classroom teaching on these facts.
    Kudos to the authors of this amazing lecture.

    Yahaya Ayuba Adetunji
    July 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    This article is really nice, there are a lot of things we don’t take note of before, but now, one can really understand them thanks to Damidols.Keep up the good job👍

    Usman Badamasi Alhassan
    July 1, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    This is article has been really helpful to me

      Akingbolu Ayodeji
      July 1, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      This is a well educative article. Atleast i now know what waist trainer is and when and how to use it. I have better understanding on how to prevent some skin irritation caused by waist trainers.

    Oladele Ridwan
    July 1, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    This write up is really great and educating. Thanks for this, really helpful

    Bankole Osalope
    July 1, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    The best thing is to avoid sweating when wearing waist treamer and if sweating occurs you have to make sure we take a proper bath to avoid infections and ladies shouldn’t be adamant of wearing waist treamer everyday.

    Akintoye oluwasegun Victor
    July 1, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Waoooh!!! I really love this blog and most especially this post ,it’s really educating,I enjoy it and am looking forward to learn more about how to avoid skin irritation

    Masud Aliyu
    July 1, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    This is a knowledge well appreciated about the waist treamer, I always have this thought of how it does it work with no side effect, now I found out. Keep up, nice article heare

    July 1, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks Damidols. This write-up was great and fantastic and thanks for the solutions proferred

    July 1, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Very educative and informative article, most especially for female, keep it up!

    Bright Nwosa
    July 1, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    this information is good for will help to maintain their skin while using the waist trainer

    July 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    This search has been really helpful for mi

    July 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Please the best idea for women’s men thanks

    July 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Wow this is cool I really appreciate this lot thanks

      Davies Ganiu
      July 2, 2020 at 3:16 am

      Thanks man ,I need knew shapewear could even cause rashes on the body, this has been really been helpful

    July 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm Ñuel.this search has been really helpful for me

    July 1, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    This is article has been really helpful to me

    Chukwudi Uche
    July 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Nice this article was helpful and i relly enjoyed reading this

    July 1, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Really helpful write up.. Even most people that don’t take there hygiene seriously would do after reading this .. Great one kudos

    Favour David
    July 1, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you for this article it is very helpful,there were a lot of things I didn’t know before but thanks to you I know them now.

    Bright Nwosa
    July 1, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    this is very helpful information to all women out there, who want to maintain their shape and skin.

    Daniel osei
    July 1, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks Damidols. This information would help a lot of ladies using waist trainer to avoid skin irritation

    Samson Olujinmi
    July 1, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks Damidols. This article is really helpful,and it is an eye-opener in really knowing how to avoid skin irritation.

    Tally Kingsley
    July 1, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I might not have gone through or experience this challenge before but I can relate with the fact that its very itchy especially when the user is not dehydrating. thanks to the author of this article, its truly very helpful.

    July 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Information is power, this article seem like its just meant for just me,thank you so much

    July 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Thanks to damidols for this lovely tips, now I have no fear of using waist trainers.

    Precious Ajibare
    July 1, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Great article, really learned a lot on skin irritation, thanks

    Wamuo Chinemerem Moses
    July 1, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    I love this so much. Very impress and I’m pleased. Thanks for information

    Nwankwo Samuel Chimaobi
    July 1, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Hello, damidols, thanks for the update, honestly I wasn’t considering using waist trainers before, but now I see that it is no big deal.

      MUSA paul
      July 1, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Hello Damdols… wasn’t a waste of the reading this article ,I must say kudos to you,looking forward to more great content like this soonest.

    July 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    I just got to know the reason of some of my skin itching.

    July 1, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you very much for all this wonderfull tips i will realy try to use it

    Victor Ogbonna
    July 1, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Very interesting indeed…I have learnt alot from this tips…It’s so amazing and I am happy I visited this website. Thanks

      July 2, 2020 at 6:09 am

      Very interesting indeed…I have learnt alot from this tips…It’s so amazing

    July 1, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    This write up is really great. Thanks for this,z really helpful to me

    Bello Ayomipo
    July 1, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Oh my God! I’m so glad I read this. It is absolutely enlightening.

    Fashanu Modupe Peculiar
    July 1, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    At first I didn’t know wearing a waist trainer can cause or bring about skin irritation, because on my part I wear it mostly for fun. Thank you so much for the insight this is really an eye opener

      July 2, 2020 at 12:57 am

      This is very informative and educative, thank you so much for this.

    July 2, 2020 at 12:54 am

    Wow. This has been so helpful. I have never actually thought about wearing a cotton singlet under my waist trainer. Will try this ASAP. Thanks a lot. Looking forward to the next post.

    David Owuda
    July 2, 2020 at 3:47 am

    sweating is the most terrible cause by waist trainers.It make the body uncomfortable and hot and it also lead to itching which is another condition of waist trainers

    July 2, 2020 at 6:35 am

    So gorgeous, thanks for sharing this

    July 2, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Thank you very damilola, at least this will go along way to help the ladies out there battling with this itching of a thing.

    Nzemeke Precious
    July 2, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Thanks so much damilola. Indeed I learnt alot from this article. I never really knew much about Skin Irritation before, but I’m well enlighten through this post.

    January 4, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Gain Huge Knowledge about Skin Irritations due to shapewear !! Thanks for sharing

    August 22, 2022 at 11:44 am

    Hey ladies,
    I wore a waist trainer on a hot summer day with no powder and now I have lines on my stomach from the heat burn that’s refusing to fade away. Please help!

    January 2, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Hello I hope someone can help me. I washed my trainer before I wore it but still some black stains is on my stomach that won’t go away. What can I do or use to get rid of it?

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