When we were looking at the current market for sports soap we noticed everything out there was marketed to athletes as anti-microbial, anti-fungal or both. The most popular anti-microbial (Tea Tree oil) being one that can prevent M.R.S.A (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the most popular anti-fungal (Eucalyptus oil) to stop a the most common issue facing wrestlers, Ringworm. The essential oils, Tea Tree oil and Eucalyptus oil, have become popular over the years because of good marketing, not because they are good for your skin. These products work against your skins natural defenses by stripping away the good bacteria and opening up the opportunity for bad bacteria to colonize. This will actually lead to more frequent skin issues. Contact Sports Soap was developed out of a need which was not available to the sports market.
The skin is home to trillions of bacteria, some good and some bad. The good bacteria serve as the first line of defense against environmental damage and skin infections. After training or working out getting bad bacteria and fungus off the skin is everyones top priority. No one wants to be sidelined with skin infections that prevent you from doing what you love. Now think about the constant application of Tea Tree oil, Eucalyptus oil, Peppermint oil, Lemon Grass oil, and Bergamot oil which are the main ingredients in most BJJ soap or just about any wrestling soap out there. When applied to your skin these oils kill indiscriminately meaning both the good and bad bacteria are killed off. When your skin is left defenseless in this manner it can become host to the first thing it comes in contact with. This means if the bad bacteria or fungus comes in contact with your skin it will be able to more easily colonize, especially if your skin hasn't had enough time to recolonize good bacteria. This is where Contact Sports Soap comes in. When applied to the skin, probiotics make it difficult for harmful bacteria and fungus to take over because they allow the good bacteria to flourish and enhance the natural skin barrier.
Another reportedly common issue with soap for athletes is how drying it can be. The probiotics in our body wash soothe inflammation and have a naturally moisturizing effect by promoting ceramide production, which are healthy lipids naturally found in skin that trap moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. To further ensure your skin is taken care of we add avocado oil and omega 3s as natural moisturizers. Our probiotic soap combines the breakthrough technology of topical products with advanced natural cleansers and conditioners to keep you performing at the highest level without having to worry about conditions commonly associated with contact sports.