I’ve never liked bras much, they cost a lot of money and most of us just want to take them off the minute we get home. Having a sore, painful skin condition adds an extra complication to this every day clothing item. Have you ever wished your bra was softer, more comfortable and less irritating?
I’ve toyed with the idea of ditching the bra and just burning them all but as someone with a bigger bust and a loathing of being stared at, I feel I need to cover up and keep them secure. The nips do not always stay nicely behaved!
I also get cold in winter too and feel I need that extra covering on the extremities!
As someone going through topical steroid withdrawal, comfort is essential as it can be a challenge to find anything comfy. Let me tell you, having open itching, oozing skin on the boobs is not an easy thing to live with – it can make wearing bras uncomfortable and so here we are, discussing the best bras for comfort, skin sensitivity and healing.
Just a little round up of bras thanks to some Instagram research.
|Company||Cost||Bra type||Have I tried?||Comments and deals|
|1||ASOS||From £10||New Look Seamless bra||No||Download the app for 15% off everything|
With code: ASOSCREW
|2||Boody||£16-£26||Ribbed Seamless and Padded Shaper crop bras||Yes!||15% off 1st purchase if you sign up the newsletter.|
|3||Molke||£26||White Racer Back||Not yet! Thinking of buying!||Made in Scotland, all staff paid a living wage. Sustainable and the most diverse and inclusive brand I found.|
|4||M&S||£35||Various||No||Sells the Sloggi zero feel, Ever fresh and no wire bralettes|
|5||Primark||£10||Seam free bralette||No||Very affordable but not sure of their eco or environmental credentials or wages for production.|
|6||Scarlets||—||Mastectomy bras||No||This company do mastectomy bras and compression garments|
|7||Julie May Lingerie||£48||Approved by Allergy UK||Yes||Currently some non wired bras are on sale! I’m testing the silk back support full coverage non wired bra and knickers and they’re super soft and comfy.|
|8||Cosabella||£31.20||Free Wireless Scoop bralette||No||10% off first order if you sign up to their newsletter|
|11||Sloggi||From £10-15 upwards||Zero Feel and lots of underwired choices||Yes||This is an older well established brand and I remember having a lovely soft bra from then as a young adult.|
|12||Cotton Comfort||From £29 to £34||No wire, bralettes and front tie||Yes||I love this brand, they do briefs, tops, longs and more! Some bras on sale at time of writing|
|13||The Very Good Bra Company||From 99 AUD||The only Tencel Bra I could find. Australia based.||No||No wires and made from cooling soothing tencel material. This one looks good! Based in Australia.|
|14||Cottonique||$33 to $50 USD||Zero latex or Spandex. US based.||Yes||100% organic cotton and allergen free bras. Some available via Cotton Comfort above.|
This is probably not an exhaustive so please comment below if I’ve missed any fantastic brands.
The two that I’m wearing at the moment at Boody and Cotton Comfort from The Eczema Clothing company who also sell Cottonique bras.
I write this in England too so depending on where you live, these may or not be available..
How to wrap up a poorly boob
If you do have oozing TSW boobs or cracked sore skin it can be really hard to wear anything against the skin. But I find it’s more irritating to leave them bare, it seems to rub and chafe the nipples so I actually find a bra essential so that I can pop in some gauze and dress, treat and tend to my sore nips. When they were really bad I’d apply aloe vera (I have one with 99% aloe vera and tea tree in it too) liberally. Then I add a good dollop of Balmonds skin salvation balm, dab on and roughly rub in. Cover with Gauze or conforming bandage and gently tuck into the bra. It’s not easy but I found being braless caused too much friction and much more pain. I did also effect kind of pouches using really soft scarves, wrapping over shoulder, over boob and back round, tie off and pop on a soft tencel or cotton top. https://balmonds.co.uk/ Use code WHATALLERGY for 20% off.
For oozy bits I also use Lyonsleaf Zinc and calendula cream. https://www.lyonsleaf.co.uk/ Use code WA20 for 20% off
Anyway that’s enough about my boobs. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a favourite bra? Burnt them all years ago and go free and braless? Let’s share some bra and boob love!