I am horrified. I just read an article from Amanda MacFarland who wrote yesterday on the blog, XOJane.com . Amanda described a mysterious rash she found on her breasts that plagued her for over two years.
She couldn’t figure out what it was. It made her breasts itch, and she tried all types of creams and even went to her doctor a few times and was given all sorts of ointments and medications to cure it, but to no avail. She was even diagnosed with ringworm at one point.
After trying all sorts of medications that were not working, Amanda decided that she needed to figure out what this rash was after all. With a lot of research on the internet, Amanda discovered something that I never even considered before. Amanda wrote:
“I was surprised to read that many women who had purchased bras that were manufactured in China were complaining of similar rashes developing on their breasts. I looked at the two bras I wore on the regular, and sure enough they were manufactured in China. I read on to learn that when bras are being imported to the USA from China, they get sprayed with pesticides containing formaldehyde. Many women believe formaldehyde is the issue behind their rashes. Some women even filed a class action lawsuit against Victoria’s Secret due to rashes they developed after wearing bras they purchased from the company.”
I can’t believe what I read! I never, ever thought that my clothing would ever be sprayed with toxic chemicals. Especially something so intimate like a bra that is so close to my skin.
You should check out her entire article with her experience and more information about formaldehyde on our clothes.
Obviously, I wanted to find out who supplied intimate apparel that was made in the USA and hence, didn’t need to be sprayed with chemicals before being imported.
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I actually have Bella materna bras and I think they are what’s causing my rashes. They say made in China on my bras… Not the USA. Just so you know.
Darlene Strong says
Sure enough, checked the labels in my bras and made in China, Indonesia and Mexico. I have one 18 Hour bra made in USA and an identical 18 Hour bra made in Mexico. I know that I have to go shopping starting tomorrow for a USA bra. I will also be mindful of ANY clothing I put on my body as I can not tolerate this horrible itching much longer. Doctors have said, “oh, you live in Arizona and have dry skin”. Really? And I ask what about the rest of my body? If I weren’t 78 and a size 38HH I swear I would go bra less. MAYBE TONIGHT, BEING ON THE COMPUTER I HAVE DISCOVERED THE PROBLEM,. MY BRAS BEING MADE ELSEWHERE AND SHIPPED IN TO OUR COUNTRY. I will go on line tonight to see where I can buy what I need.
Cherokee Smith says
Oh my goodness! I purchased a Playtex bra years ago, and it fit perfectly no problem! However recently I purchased two Playtex bras from Walmart, and the smell was so horrendous I couldn’t stand it! Even though I washed them thoroughly in a washing machine the smell never went away, even when I left them somewhere to air out, the smell was just too disgusting it permeated the entire apartment! These bras are also made from China and I also noticed that they were so tight on my body that I could barely breathe and it felt like they were digging into my skin! Even though they were the same size bra I have purchased previously but this time they were from China! Has anyone else had this experience? I couldn’t wait to get out of it and I too feel that if my bust weren’t so big (38 triple D), I too would go braless!