After training, your body is covered in a bunch of nasty bacteria. The most common ones in the grappling world are S. Aureus, the bacteria responsible for staph infection, and ringworm. Both of which can be spread through skin to skin contact. A skin infection will develop if you let these bacteria sit too long on your skin.
This is something I probably shouldn’t have to say, but I’m gonna say it anyway. SHOWER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER TRAINING!!! Having good hygiene is essential when doing any type of combat sport. It helps protect you and your training partners from developing any funky skin infection(s).
Showering with antibacterial soap can be expensive and many of them contain chemicals. I know many people aren’t too worried about chemicals in their soap. I mean seriously, it’s just soap. But why use an expensive type of soap filled with chemicals when you can use a cheaper and natural soap that does the same thing?
The product I am talking about is called Arm Bar Soap. Pretty cool name, right? The soap wrappers even have a gi and black belt design on them. But that’s not the point. Arm Bar soap contains all natural ingredients that help fight against a common enemy- fungal infections.
Arm Bar Soap Review-
>>There are 7 types of oils used in Arm Bar Soap- Tea Tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, bergamot, kukui nut, and lavender oil. These oils are used because of their antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. These oils help kill the bad bacteria and even help promote the healing of cuts and burns (such as mat burn).
>>What’s really cool is that these oils have other properties besides the ones listed above. Peppermint oil opens up the pores to allow the other oils to flow freely and do their jobs. Bergamot and eucalyptus oil also act as a natural deodorant. Lavender oil is used as an all natural pain and stress reliever.
>>There are other ingredients in Arm Bar Soap that serve as exfoliants. (exfoliants help remove the dead skin on your body) These ingredients are Kona coffee grounds, walnut shell bits, and steel-cut oats.
The ingredients in Arm Bar Soap definitely sound better than ingredients such as triclosan and tetrasodium EDTA found in other antibacterial soaps.
Good hygiene for combat sports involves other things too, such as trimming your finger and toenails, cleaning your gi, and making sure you have good-smelling breath. But the most important thing to do is to make sure that your skin is healthy, for your sake and for the sake of your training partners!