When you start to corset train, one of the things you don’t realize is how much of an effect it will have on your skin and its overall condition. It’s not until you start to tight lace on a daily basis for 8 hours or more, that you start to get skin problems. Corset training puts a lot of pressure on your skin and inhibits it breathing properly. This can cause everything from dry skin to pressure sores. There are several things you can do to minimize discomfort.
Firstly make sure you get a well fitting corset, if you can (and if you waist train seriously you should) have the corset pattern custom fitted to your measurements, it will ensure an even level of pressure all over so you’re less likely to get sore spots.
Your corset should also be made of, or at least lined with, cotton. A cotton lining will ideally be 100% cotton coutil (a non-stretch heavyweight cotton with a herringbone weave). Cotton allows the skin to breathe so is a must if you’ll be wearing it 8 hours or more every day. You should also get some cotton corset liners; tight fitting vest tops are ideal. These will absorb the salts and perspiration from your skin and can be changed and washed each day, keeping your skin clean and prolonging the life of your corset.
The proper treatment of skin is under some debate. Some people don’t moisturise at all, claiming that the skin toughens up and becomes more resistant to sores, they will often use talc powder to keep the skin dry, before putting on their corset. I personally go the moisturiser route as I have naturally dry, sensitive skin. This involves lathering your skin in cream anytime you can. So whenever you take your corset off grab the moisturiser! But make sure to let it soak in and the skin dry before you put on your corset. You can also add a little talc after the cream has been absorbed if you sweat a lot.
If you can afford to, get a second corset – make sure it’s made using the exact same corset pattern if you can – and alternate between the two from day to day. They’ll last longer and therefore be more comfortable. It also allows them to air out between wears and prevent bacteria growth and that musky smell you get from material that’s been damp for too long.
Lastly if you get sores while corset training consult a doctor and apply creams as directed but loosen your corset for a few days until they clear up properly – look after your skin and your body!