8 Things No Woman Should Do to Her Breasts to Keep Them Healthy
It’s not enough to self-examine yourself to have healthy breasts. You still may have constant pain which is the most common problem that occurs in 70% of women. Besides this, sometimes you may feel irritation or itching. Such a sensitive area needs special attention to minimize all these problems.
We at Bright Side understand that this part of a woman’s body is a treasure that requires the right care and would love to share 7 things that we shouldn’t do to keep breasts healthy.
1. Removing hairs
It’s normal to want to look perfect and there’s nothing criminal in wanting to get rid of long black hair on your nipples. But we should be very careful here — it could hurt your breasts. Removing, waxing, and pulling hairs in this area can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and inflammation.
What you should do:
Don’t remove the hair yourself but instead, go to a dermatologist who has special knowledge in this area and can help remove it safely.
2. Running in a sports bra or without a bra at all
More than 50% of women experience breast pain during exercise. Breasts move up to 21 cm while running or jumping. That’s why it’s necessary to pick the right bra for sports and not to use a normal bra for your daily fitness routine.
How to pick the right sports bra:
- For each kind of sport, you need a different bra. There are low, medium, or high impact bras to choose from. Consult with a shop assistant if you don’t know which one to buy.
- The fabric of the cup should be smooth and tight. If you see wrinkles in the fabric, the cup is too big.
- Remember that sports bras will last around 30-40 washes.
3. Wearing the wrong bra
If you chose the wrong type or size of your bra, you may feel constant pain or discomfort. The bra shouldn’t evoke a feeling of wanting to take it off.
How to find a perfect bra:
- Your bra shouldn’t dig into your sides. The nipples should be about halfway between your shoulders and elbows.
When you try on bras or if you change band sizes, you also have to change cup sizes.
Straps shouldn’t be too tight and dig into your shoulders.
Check that the fabric of the cups is smooth and that the edges lie flat against your chest.
Check and try different types of bras to find the most comfortable one.
4. Piercing your nipples
Of course, everyone has the right to do whatever they want with their body, but piercing is very dangerous for your breasts.
Why piercing is dangerous:
- Some women can be allergic to metal.
- Piercing can damage milk production and cause problems if you’re planning to breastfeed later.
- It increases the risk of developing an abscess and pain.
5. Using duct tape to fix your breasts
It’s an easy solution if you need to wear a dress with a big neckline or an open back, but you should remember that it isn’t a healthy option for your breasts.
Why it’s not recommended:
You may be allergic to the tape. The risk of getting a rash around your nipples is high, so it can cause inflammation and itching.
6. Not moisturizing your breasts
We use creams on our faces, hands, and legs but sometimes we forget about other sensitive areas like our breasts. They deserve everyday care as well.
Why it’s necessary to moisturize your breasts:
- The skin of this area is extremely thin.
- Breasts develop itchy flakes and lose their elasticity.
If you want your breasts to stay young and not get saggy, use creams and lotions.
7. Forgetting to put deodorant in your bra
Hot summer days and training can make our breasts sweat a lot and bring on lots of discomfort. The sensitive skin of this area reacts immediately and becomes irritated.
How to stop breasts from sweating:
- Don’t buy bras made with synthetic fabric.
Invest in a special moisture-wicking bra.
Use aluminium-free deodorant.
Try specially made breast lotions to combat sweating.
Try baby powder.
8. Flattening and squeezing the breasts
Flattening and squeezing your breasts may cause bruises and swelling that can lead to painful touch and tenderness.
Don’t be harsh with this sensitive zone because you can easily cause an injury.
What is recommended:
- While self-checking your breasts, be soft — you don’t need to squeeze them too hard.
- Get a bra that doesn’t flatten your breasts too much.
What other habits can harm your breasts? At what age were you finally able to find your perfect bra? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Illustrated by Polina Chernevina for BrightSide.me