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How to Treat and Prevent Chafing

One of the many irritating things that can happen while you're out running or even from walking -- your legs can rub together and it creates a sore, rough patch of skin in between your thighs. This irritation is known as chafing, and it can be one of the most annoying and downright painful things that can happen while working out. Sometimes it isn't even limited to just in between your legs either, but it can also occur in your underarm area from too much arm swinging. We know just how frustrating it can be so we've pulled some of the best ways to prevent and treat chafing so you can be better prepared and know just how to cure it once it's happened.

    Preventative care

    Just as with most anything else, you'll want to prepare if you know that you're going out for a long run. One way that you can prevent yourself from getting any kind of rash against your skin is to rub some baby powder on your legs. Sometimes we can forget that babies aren't the only ones that can use baby powder. It's made for very sensitive skin and helps make your skin feel extra smooth. That way if your thighs do end up rubbing together, they'll simply slide past each other and they won't create any friction. Another way to prevent chafing is to put on something like Body Glide. This is made specifically for chafing and is extremely easy to apply; it looks exactly like deodorant and can be applied along your legs that tend to get the most action and underarms as well. Taking the necessary precautions is the key way to save yourself from pain later.

    Clothes are just as important

    Another way to stop chafing from happening is to wear the correct clothing. You'll want to avoid cotton because cotton absorbs sweat and causes more irritation on your skin. Moisture tends to make the skin more irritated which leads to rashes and of course, chafing. Wear clothes specifically designed with sweat wicking technology. They're made with special fibers to wick away at sweat whenever it forms on your body to keep you from getting any kind of irritation on your skin. These are handy for runners, joggers, or anyone that's worried about getting their skin rubbed raw from activity. Try and find tight fitting clothing as well. Loose material hanging near your legs can create even more friction for your body to have to fight against, and more sore legs for you to worry about later.

    When the worst happens

    In the event that you didn't get a chance to prepare against chaffing and you tried your best to prevent it and it still happened, there are ways that your body can heal from the damage that's been done. One easy and simple way to heal your sore legs is to spread them apart while resting. This way while you're finally relaxing, you'll have a chance to recuperate and your skin can heal. After resting, be sure to apply some smooth substance over the area like Vaseline in the event that you have to stand up and walk around. Overall, the best remedy is to not bother the area for a while.

Overall, chafing can greatly be one of the most painful non-serious things that can happen to your body. In can be even worse on occasion when it wasn't even due to exercise. In this case, be sure to use the preventative measures and you'll be closer to hopefully never having to suffer from that ailment again. Sometimes, it can even be for walking for long periods of time and your legs weren't prepared for it. Stock up on the supplies you need so you won't have to worry about chafing now or hopefully ever again.

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2 years ago.
I’m on a swim team and we have practice 5 days out of the week and I can’t really ‘rest’ the area as suggested any other helpful tips
2 years ago.
Hi Meaghan!

You may use anti-chafe lubricants. We have several items you can choose. Just search for anti-chafe on our search box. Also stay hydrated and dry quickly the affected part after you swim.
2 years ago.
Hi I have got it in between my thus I have a athletics comepetition soon like tommorow and need a way to cure it please try help me.
Thank you ??
2 years ago.
Hi! It seems impossible to cure it for a short time but you may use the products below to avoid having such.

1. BodyGlide For Her Anti-Chafe Moisturizing Balm 1.5 [Product Code: 8149314]
2. Body Glide Cycle Anti Saddle Sore Balm 1.5 oz. [Product Code: 8143435]
3. BodyGlide Anti Blister and Chafing Stick 2.5 oz [Product Code: 11276]
2 years ago.
My 8 your old son got a terrible rash on the inside of his thighs after swimming in the ocean. I think his swimsuit trunks cause the problem. What kind of swimsuit can you recommend for a boy. Thanks
2 years ago.
Hi Kate,

Your allergies have different possible causes. Primarily, the fabric. As much as we want to recommend the best suit for you, we would highly suggest to contact your dermatologist to undergo a skin test. By then, they would be able to identify what fabric specifications would be suitable or not for you. Lastly, the sizing. Sometimes, once you've chosen a fitted suit, it may cause rashes. Once it causes friction, your skin might not tolerate it.
1 year ago.
My son choose to wear the spandex racing bathing suits under his his trunks. They protected his things
2 years ago.
I live in a tropical climate (the Bahamas) and constantly struggle bc of the high salinity. Body glide works, but the BEST that I’ve found, is blue steel cream on amazon. It’s more expensive but it works overnight!
2 years ago.
Hi Haley,

We offer several body glide too however, we don't ship to Bahamas at this time. For more details you can call our Customer Service Team at 18006914065.
2 years ago.
Where can I get the Body Glide ointment or stick?
2 years ago.
Hello Cindy,
You can view and purchase any of these products at the following link:
2 years ago.
When I wear my competition suit it always rubs on my shoulders and creates raw sores. What can I do to prevent it?
2 years ago.
Hello Merry,
Since it is only your shoulders, the suit is more than likely too small for you in the torso length. You might want to consider sizing up.
3 years ago.
Is currash powder good for our 10yr old Who has chaffing on both sides on the inside of her thighs
3 years ago.
Hello Megan!
Since the chaffing has already happened, it's best to let the area breath and get as much air as possible.
3 years ago.
I am a lifeguard all summer so I am in a bathing suit everyday all day. While constantly going in and out of the water throughout my 10+ hour shifts. The past two years I've been dealing with chafing between my legs. At first is was due to my guard shorts so I started taking off my shorts when wet to allow them to dry but now my bathing suit bottoms are causing chaffing on my upper inner thighs. Last year I used a A and D vitamin ointment to pretreat and treat the chaffing after but it is still a major problem. Is there anything new I can try to prevent the problem from happening in the first place? Or different guard bottoms? I have already shied away from the bottoms that are worse or should I try a bigger/smaller size?
3 years ago.
Hi Blair! To help prevent chafing you can use things such as baby powder as stated above. We like to recommend using Body Glide as well. Also you want to wear clothing that it fitted. Loose clothing will create even more friction so fitted clothing is the best. The material of your clothing also plays a major role. Stay away from cotton! Try moisture wicking material clothing. They're made with special fibers to wick away at sweat whenever it forms on your body to keep you from getting any kind of irritation on your skin. An Example is the TYR Women's Lifeguard Della Skort
4 years ago.
I was working out at the gym wearing a tight, 100% organic cotton shirt. Now, my left underarm area and left shoulder blade area are very sensitive when shirts move across it- even after a few days from working out it's still very sensitive and annoying with not much noticeable relief. Any suggestions? Thank you.
4 years ago.
Hi Jon,
A suggestion is to wash the area with warm water then dry the area completely and apply a topical cream (preferably a healing agent and lubricant). To prevent this in the future, consider purchasing an anti-chafe stick. For example, 2Toms SportShield Roll-ons 1.5oz.
4 years ago.
how do you prevent/ treat chafing in the crotch area from a swimsuit?
4 years ago.
Hi Patricia,
You can use the BodyGlide Anti-Blister & Chafing Stick 1.5oz (Product Code 2470). I personally use this when swimming and it works really well to prevent and treat chafing.
Emily James
4 years ago.
Is there anyway to prevent it when you're wearing clothes and going to get wet
4 years ago.
Hi Emily, When going to the beach or anywhere and there is a possibility you will get wet, it's good to have a anti chafing stick handy. For example, the BodyGlide Anti Blister and Chafing Stick .45 oz. It's compact and you can easily apply it before entering water.
5 years ago.
To prevent chafing, use a chafing stick or zinc oxide. To heal chafing, use pure corn starch from the baking section!! Works a lot better than baby powder; you will be amazed.
Itanaman Dakar
5 years ago.
I have found that after getting chafing the best thing for it is Diaper Rash cream. I use A & D Diaper Rash Creme overnight after chaffing, and it clears it right up.
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