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    wetsuit skin irritation

    Whenever I wear my wetsuit when i get home I have acne like bumps on my chest and back. I don't think its acne because it comes so quick and goes away quickly too. I'm wondering if it might be an allergic reaction or just a dirty suit, although i usually rinse it off every day or two of using it. Does anyone else have this problem and any tips on ideas what it might be or whats the best way to clean a wetsuit other than simply rinsing it.

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    you should def rinse all the salt water off after every use, then hang it somewhere shady. you might be putting it in the sun too long, which causes it to become almost hard or brittle, thus scratching up against your skin. as far as "washing" it goes, i like to wash mine every 6 or 7 uses, or if it starts to look dirty. make sure you handwash it and dont throw it in the washing machine. use dishsoap

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    Its not the suit you got the aids

    rinse everytime you use it and I use that cat 5 wetsuit cleaner aswell stuff works great

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    That is matt johnson!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    Its not the suit you got the aids t
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    thats it just got results back today.. thought h2o oc girls were cleaner damm

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    Quote Originally Posted by sosodel View Post
    Whenever I wear my wetsuit when i get home I have acne like bumps on my chest and back. I don't think its acne because it comes so quick and goes away quickly too. I'm wondering if it might be an allergic reaction or just a dirty suit, although i usually rinse it off every day or two of using it. Does anyone else have this problem and any tips on ideas what it might be or whats the best way to clean a wetsuit other than simply rinsing it.
    Go see the doc if you have insurance. There are all kinds of bacterial and fungal things that can accumulate on your body from wetsuits. The past couple of years, every fall, around september, I would noticed little spots on my shoulders and back. It looked like small little circles where I was peeling from a suntan... At first glance thats what i thought it was. Went and saw the doc and he told me it was a small something called "Blahb blah blah medical mumbo jumbo"... It was basically a "growth" (yes that sounds really nice) that was causes from the summer/fall heat and the bacteria etc in the water. So, basically the doc said that in Late august, my 3 mill becomes an incubator for random sea life etc..

    So, doc gave me some pills. I took like a pill a day for a week and it went away.

    Same thing happened the next fall in a brand new wetsuit. Went back to the doc and got more pills...

    Still dont know what exactly it is. But a bunch of surfers told me all about what it was. They said they used to always get it back in the day down in Baja on long surf trips and they would get the antibiotic or pills in TJ on the way back up...

    Long story short... It probably has something to do with the water quality and the heat in your suit. Sounds similar to what I am talking about... I am sure there are like 2000 different kinds of skin irritations...

    If you have insurance, see the doc. He will hook u up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    If you have insurance, see the doc. He will hook u up.
    even if you don't have insurance, go to the doc. it's better to be safe than sorry w/ crap like this (speaking from experience) & a lot of docs will throw you the free samples the pharm. company reps leave them if they know you don't have insurance. this scenario quite literally saved my life back in 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    even if you don't have insurance, go to the doc. it's better to be safe than sorry w/ crap like this (speaking from experience) & a lot of docs will throw you the free samples the pharm. company reps leave them if they know you don't have insurance. this scenario quite literally saved my life back in 2007.
    I'm listening. I think this may be an educational story for all of us.

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    i had something going on this past winter/spring whenever i wore my hood for a few days in a row i'd get these bumps under my skin - not acne, almost more like boils - wherever there were pressure points. ugly. they went away on their own and i haven't thought about it since but i hope to avoid it this winter. not sure, maybe just have to seriously rinse the hood after every session...

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    Vaseline!

    Vaseline = Wetsuit rash prevention