“I’ve been riding at Soul and obviously love it, but what I don’t love is the irritated skin in the crotch area. I’ve gotten rashes, ingrown hairs, the works (and I know I’m not alone!). What’s the best way to treat this and prevent it from happening again? Also, is shaving or waxing a good or bad addition to this?”
The struggle can be really real with this one and this is such an important topic to discuss. I have tried many different cleansing, moisturizing and repair routines throughout my teaching career so I am happy to help.
When it comes to your crotch’s relationship with the SoulCycle saddle—and it is definitely an intimate one—it takes a good amount of riding before your pelvic floor is strong enough to maintain a subtle lift from the saddle during seated intervals. The longer and more consistently you ride, the less impact on your crotch, which is why we recommend gel seats for beginners. I can’t speak for men, so I’m hoping we can get some male input on this, but as far as your lady bits are concerned, I recommend using a cleansing cloth that works well with your skin type immediately after class, followed by applying tea tree oil to prevent ingrown hairs then changing into clean, dry clothes. If you already have ingrown hairs, the tea tree oil is also great for spot treating those areas. Using coconut oil to moisturize the area also works wonders, but if you’re already suffering from a rash, Aquaphor is the way to go (before and after class).
When it comes to shaving versus waxing, it's really a personal preference based on your comfort level but I do not recommend riding less than a few hours after getting a wax because the area needs time to heal.
Do you have another skin saving/healing regimen? Please share your tips and tricks by leaving a comment below and check out my SoulCycle schedule in San Francisco this week!