Effective body washes for HS

Effective body washes for HS


Hello to everyone on this site..........

I have suffered with HS since I was 18 (now 55!). I have had countless prescriptions for antibiotics, and had 2 underarm surgeries - each side -the latter being in 1998 when I required skin grafts, in 1998. I have HS in armpits, groin, inner thighs and under breasts. It is a miserable condition, and one that is not appropriate for social gatherings! please can anyone recommend a shower/body wash that helps to ease pain after showering? Sanex used to do a good one but I can't seem to find it anywhere now. Thanks for reading........

14 Replies

  • I am not sure in UK. in Canada Benzac wash is helpful either over counter or prescription.

  • Thank you FullEmbrace for your suggestion. I will investigate its availability in the UK.

  • Hi Dear,

    I just had given a name for what they called until now "ingrown hair"!!! after 4 years of telling me to not confuse my google research with their doctor diploma!!!

    However , I have been given an antiseptic to wash with. but was on a prescription from hospital and it's quite expensive also.

    If you would like to know the name tell me :)

    Hope you are as pain free as possible.


  • Hi AndreeaR

    I am very interested to know the name of your antiseptic wash. Are you from the UK?

    Thank you ;-)

  • I have had this disease since I was 15, it's painful and rather embarrassing for someone of my age- people judge me and not many can accept it.

    From what I've understood over the treatments I've tried- the "spots" have to get worse before they get better.. It's not exactly cheap but I've found Molton Brown Eucalyptus shower gel amazing. It brings them up very quickly but then once they begin to drain, it will ease them very quickly too, I have a very painful couple on the inside of my thigh and it's an absolute godsend. For now I genuinely wouldn't use anything different. Suggest you give it a go, because it's a kind of anti septic, and affordable in my opinion. Good luck :-)

  • Hello! The best advice I can give to anyone who has HS is to never use shower gel products of any kind. The best is " savon de Marseille " (well known French soap). My dermatologist told me that. All theset products are full of chemicals and are too agressive for our skin. Believe me ! Also the areas have to be dried. Best trick use a hairdryer. Hope this helps.

  • Hi, can you tell me which product exactly - there seems to be quite a few variations of Savon de Marseille - thanks

  • Hi! You should get the original ones it's a green chunky one with no perfume just made with olive oil. That's the original one. Don't use the ones with any perfume such as lavender, almond and so on ...these ones are cosmetics only. If you need anything else do not hesitate. Another thing as well if you have hs around the anal area toilet paper is prohibited. Use only water so a bottle is handy in your toilet as well as a towel. All the good dermatologist specialiseducation in HS will advise this.

  • I'd not heard about the toilet paper one before :0 Thanks for the reply I'll get onto Amazon now :)

  • Well, I know it may sounds disgusting but it's true. You can use toilet paper but have to use water afterwards. If you keep rubbing the affected area it will just flare up again. Dry and dry the area. You will see a difference!

  • Oh my gosh, I just figured out what has set mine off, I haven't had one in years and now one has popped up and it hurts!! I'm so glad I found your post you have given me so much insight into what I have and how to live with it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

  • Hi Ive had this since I was 21 I'm now 52...4 drains and I agree its a painful condition. However - I was given a useful piece of information about 15 years ago by a lady doctor I saw when mine was on holiday. Try TALC - I swear by it as long as you use it when they are spot like and just starting (if you can; I know they can 'balloon' up almost overnight) Put the talc on it seems to dry them out when they are in the early stages and then a dressing over the top to reduce the friction. This has saved me many a sick day over the years. Do the Talc everytime and everywhere you get them and apply the dressings. It might work - it's worked for me. Im not saying I don't still get them but if I catch them early using the Talc and dressings they go back down.

  • hi the hospital has prescribed me HIBISCRUB you can buy it on line i wash with it daily also my consultant has told me to bath in Milton sterilising fluid as that might help i find it rather embarrassing as both my underarms are filled with open leaking holes deodorant is a big no no i am so very conscious of smelling so the scrub does help

  • Thank you for sharing this joanne49. Will look this up on line.

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