Off topic, but...
Gov't spending on American products, purchased from a local surfshop helps everyone in the biz. Just sayin'
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See? We know you're just saying. We hear your uppity opinion and will disregard it because you don't believe in your thoughts enough to not cushion them with two redundant words.
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well, thanks for the advice and the ego check.
I have used Vaseline to protect against wetsuit rashes since the late 70's with no problem/damage to the suit.
I have used mineral oil - either baby oil or Banana Boat spf 15 dark tanning oil - for years with no problem. I rub some on my underarms and if necessary neck and voila - no rash.
Maybe try not turning your head!
they make stuff called 'suit juice' that works well... in the past I have just spread some shampoo over the area that is rashing before suiting up (my armpits a few suits ago)- works like a charm... i don't know if its good for the suit, but it sure does make it smell better.
A quick google search came up with this...
"You can use a little beeswax or special wetsuit lube on the zip, to prevent it from snagging the material. Never, ever use petroleum jelly." Runner's World
“Trislide will not damage the neoprene materials, when compared to the deterioration cause by commonly used petroleum jelly, other petroleum based products and/or cooking sprays.”* Amateur Endurance
"Whatever the case, do not use Vaseline. The chemicals in petroleum jelly can damage the material of the suit." eHow article
"But please note that petroleum jelly can damage neoprene suits." WaterAid; Triathlon Training Tips
"Do not use petroleum jelly, cooking spray, or other other oils on your wetsuit - it will cause the neoprene to break down" Triathlon Training for Dummies
Get a stick of Body Glide from any local sports store, runners use it in marathons to prevent rashes. It works perfectly and comes like a little deodorant stick that you can just rub on.
I used Ultra Glide on my neck and other parts that can get rash. Best product out there for rashes