An interview with Tracie Oehler, the owner and developer
of Crotchguard. An memorable name for a new product that approaches rider
comfort and protection from a whole new angle.
What exactly is Crotch Guard?
Tracie: Simply put, Ultra Pure Crotch Guard is a microbial oil
product designed to moisturize the skin, helping to promote healthy skin
conditions, and eliminate any bacterial based irritations.
Ok, so what does “microbial” mean? And how does Crotch
Guard protect the skin?
Tracie: To answer your first question, microbes are tiny organisms
that cause disease, or in a cyclists case, a variety of irritations most
commonly known as saddle sores.
As any cyclist knows, the inner thigh and
crotch area is constantly rubbing against the saddle during the pedal stroke.
This friction can create a breakdown of the top layer of skin, in some cases it
actually rubs the skin raw. Now the crotch area is a warm, dark environment, a
perfect breeding ground for bacteria, add the perspiration factor and the
bacterial level increases dramatically. When the natural protective barrier of
skin is broken down these tiny microbes can penetrate into the layers of the
skin and create havoc, typically resulting in rash, or in severe cases
Ultra Pure Crotch Guard is an anti-microbial formula. This
preventive quality actually prohibits the growth of bacteria on the surface of
the skin, eventually eliminating any bacterial based irritations. Many products
on the market have anti-bacterial properties, but as I will explain, Crotch
Guard has an entirely different approach.
How long has Crotch Guard been available?
Tracie: I spent two years of research, developmental testing, FDA
filings and registrations, and because the base formula is developed overseas,
filings with the US Customs Departments as well. I am pleased to announce that
we finally received clearance from the FDA in November of ’04. So we have
actually only been available to the American public for a short period of time.
Your readers are among the first in the country to learn of the healing and
moisturizing benefits of Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil!
I have to ask, who came up with the name “Crotch Guard”? I mean
besides the obvious, that we won’t likely forget the name… etc.
Tracie: Actually, I am totally responsible. You must remember I am
dealing with a sensitive topic. I believe the name Crotch Guard gets right to
the point, no questions necessary. Now, I understand the name Crotch Guard
might be considered bold, but by definition the word “crotch” is “a meeting
point between two limbs”. It’s very simple. I designed Crotch Guard
specifically for athletes who are serious cyclists. If you are in this category
of athlete, trust me, YOU GET IT! And yes, I have heard a number of jokes… on
some level the name Crotch Guard was meant to get a laugh.
But, please don’t take this product lightly, yes, the name
might seem humorous to most but, our manufacturing process involves the latest
technology that is available in skin care development. We only use the highest
quality of raw materials, to ensure the level of purity in all our products,
which explains the years of research, FDA filings and registrations.
Well, I don’t Tracie, I’ve been using Crotch Guard for over a month and
I’m happy to get away from the other products. It works
great by the way.
Tracie: Thank you.
So, explain what makes Crotch Guard work and the
technology behind it.
Tracie: The manufacturing process is essential for the quality of
the final product, but the science behind the oil to skin relationship is key to
the success of Crotch Guard. Let me explain:
I have taken a different approach than many of the other
products available. Grade school science class taught us that the skin is the
largest organ of the body. Its sole function is to protect. I created Crotch
Guard to act in conjunction with this basic task.
Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil is specifically designed to
match the natural lipids in human skin. Lipids play an important role in
strengthening your skin’s natural barrier function. The body creates lipids
using a combination of cholesterol and fatty acids to fill in the gaps and
spaces between the skin cells and the areas between the layers of skin. Just
like the cement mortar fills in the spaces between the bricks and layers of
bricks in a brick wall. This mortar/lipid component ultimately supports the
Strengthening the skin from within also reduces the
friction factor, a vital aspect to cyclists or any athlete.
Based on this technology, the body and skin understand the
molecular structure of Crotch Guard, and this method of action is what makes
Crotch Guard so unique.
How else is Crotch Guard different from products like
Tracie: There are many reasons Crotch Guard differs from the
As I explained, Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil is
based on a proven scientific foundation. It is specifically designed for the
skin as an organ. Most other products are just designed as a topical support
which creates a thick coating to distance the skin from rubbing against other
surfaces. But, unfortunately they have not considered the actual “skin” as an
organ. Based on the ingredients alone, most of these products will eventually
block the pores of the infected areas, and cause further irritations from the
dyes and fragrances they contain.
Ahhh, so no artificial dyes, no fragrances, colorings or
chemicals that would cause some kind of an allergic reaction, or make us smell
like a daisy field? I hadn’t even noticed, but I started avoiding chemical dyes
and colorings in any of my skin products years ago. Personally, if a scent is
completely natural I might use it but not if it is chemical based. I’m not
particularly an allergic type, but why put stuff like that on your body when I
wouldn’t put it in my body.
I have to say I like the fact that I can just spray it
on and go, seems like the skin just absorbs it.
Tracie: Yes, Guard Skin Care Oil absorbs quickly and completely
into the surface of the skin. And even though it is an oil based product, it
does not leave a greasy film on the surface of the skin. If you were to break
down the molecular structure of your body’s lipids, and break down the molecular
structure of Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil, then compared them under a
microscope, you will find that they mimic each other. As I explained, the oil
is designed this way. You see, the body understands the elements of Crotch
Guard, recognizes it and accepts it as its own. This is why it completely
absorbs into the skin, unlike the thick chamois creams.
Oddly enough, this is the most beneficial aspect of my
product, and my largest hurdle! Even though they are completely protected for
up to 8 hours, many cyclists are so familiar with their shorts being gooped up
with thicker products they are hesitant of Crotch Guard. I had one customer
from Texas who was training for the Ironman in Hawaii. Eventually, he trusted
me, and finally committed himself to Crotch Guard. After his event, he called to
share his excitement of being completely protected in a very “clean and natural”
CLEAN and NATURAL protection – I LOVE THAT! That single
statement made the two years of stress during research and development totally
Tracie, you’ve used “Ultra Pure” in your description of
Crotch Guard, so what does “Ultra Pure” specifically represent about Crotch
Guard? Does it include mineral oils that I’ve heard can dry out your skin?
Tracie: No, I do not use mineral oils of any kind. Mineral oils
consist of thousands of compounds which are practically impossible to control
and define. The patented process during the manufacturing reduces the
oil into the purest state possible. So pure, in fact the oil can be claimed as
organic and hypo-allergenic, I prefer the phrase “Ultra Pure”.
Doesn’t alcohol also dry the skin? I noticed on the
Crotch Guard website that there is none in your product.
Tracie: That’s right, Crotch Guard does NOT contain alcohol.
Alcohol is another irritant to the skin.
But most importantly, Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil
does NOT contain water. Many of the petroleum based products contain water, a
lot of it actually. Just check the ingredient panel. Water content can be very
damaging in a skin care product for many reasons. Eventually, the product will
melt away, and once this breakdown occurs – the protective barrier is lost.
Also, once water is added to a product, it becomes
necessary to add preservatives to increase the shelf life. Crotch Guard does
not contain preservatives of any kind. Most of these artificial preservatives
are irritants, why would I, as a customer, want to apply irritants to already
And most importantly, water creates damage from a process
known as TEWL.
Ok, so what is TEWL?
T = Trans
E = Epidermal
W = Water
L = Loss
When water evaporates from the surface of
the skin, it actually draws additional moisture from the skin increasing the
amount of dryness and chapping. Any hairdresser, doctor or dentist who
constantly have their hands in water can attest.
Once the skin is cracked and chapped, tiny microbes and
bacteria will penetrate creating redness, rash and quite possibly infection. And
those are the main causes of saddle sores.
Ahhh, ok! So if your using a product with water in it,
it could actually be causing more problems? And like riding on a dry windy day
your skin can get chapped with the loss of moisture, right?
Tracie: Yes, and as we spoke in the past, I would absolutely
recommend using the product to protect the skin on your face before a ride on a
cold and windy day.
I started using it as an after shave and on my face and
I swear that some of my crows feet around my eyes and other wrinkles have seemed
to get smaller… what’s up with that? I mean should I be using it on my face?
It’s pretty far north of my crotch.
Tracie: Remember, Crotch Guard is a moisturizing “skin care
product”. The anti-bacterial properties promote healing and make it suitable
for a variety of applications. The act of scraping a razor against the skin
while you shave will cause irritation, which explains those little red bumps
that occur. The base formula in Crotch Guard will absolutely restore the skin
back to a healthy condition.
And about those eyes, by understanding the method of action
we just spoke about, you will understand why the oil absorbs completely, which
is why those fine lines and wrinkles have filled themselves in.
Remember that customer who was training for the Ironman? He
also had irritations on the back of his neck, and under his armpits from his
wetsuit. Now that he understood the technology behind the oil he applied Crotch
Guard to those areas as well and had a tremendous event. It really is an
If someone has chapped or irritated skin now, is it ok
to use Crotch Guard? Or wait until it heals? Will Crotch Guard help heal it
faster? Will Crotch Guard protect a rider from boils?
Tracie: To maintain healthy skin conditions, the anti-bacterial
properties of Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil will prevent the growth of
bacteria and eventually the spread of further irritations when used in a
consistent manner. As I mentioned, the product will also promote healing from
already present irritations.
Remember, the skin is a very complex organ. A boil is a
skin infection involving an entire hair follicle. Hair bearing areas on the
body where your most likely to sweat or experience friction will create bacteria
that can enter through a scratch or other break in your skin. When this occurs,
white blood cells rush to the site to fight the infection. This leads to the
inflammation and the formation of pus filled bumps under the skin. When an
irritation has become infected, as the case in boils, it is always wise to check
with a medical professional before applying a new treatment.
After all this time, I’m amazed at how much I have left
in the bottle. I’m really surprised that so little product can do so much in
Tracie: The oil has a very silky texture and spreads easily to
cover quite a bit of surface area. Once applied the protective qualities can
last up to 8 hours. That is a little product for a lot of protection! I
recommend re-applying after a shower to maintain the anti-bacterial benefits of
Ok, I have a 4 ounce bottle, and it really is lasting a
long time, how long can I expect my bottle to last? And what is the cost?
Tracie: I offer the 4 ounce bottle on my website for $19.95. This
bottle is capped with a fine mist finger-tip spray pump. I personally chose
this closure for many reasons. Crotch Guard has a fresh, silky feel and in mist
form has a great cooling effect against the surface of the skin, especially if
the skin is irritated. This spray top also has a controlled out-put of product,
so I can guarantee the 4 ounce bottle should last up to 3 months. I think that
is a quite a value for under $20.
I think so too Tracie. We discussed getting the readers of Daily Peloton some
Crotch Guard to try when we last talked. How are we going to do that?
Tracie: I would like to introduce Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care
Oil to your readers and to the visitors of www.thedailypeolton.com by offering a
FREE SAMPLE KIT through my website at
This sample kit
consists of 2 foil lined packets each containing 2ml of product. The packets
contain a cotton towel-ette wipe saturated with Crotch Guard. The oil spreads
easily and will cover the entire area of the crotch that comes in contact with
the saddle. I am certain these athletes will see and feel a difference in skin
conditions after just one treatment, so I designed each packet for a single use
application. Just click on the “Product Catalogue” page and follow the
I am very interested in hearing the thoughts and comments
from your readers once they have tried Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil. I will
personally answer all inquiries that come through the “Contact Us” link on the
I am certain that the healing and moisturizing benefits of
Ultra Pure Crotch Guard Skin Care Oil will help each athlete ride longer and
Indeed Tracie… etc
This is Serious Protection for Serious Cyclists!!
Watch for a product review in the near future of Crotchguard, protecting
your near and dear crotch.