CHAFING is caused when heat causes us to sweat, our thighs touch, causing this painful rash. As women, this can occur whether or not we are overweight, (although it has been nicknamed “Chub Rub”), as many women carry more weight in their thighs, so the tendency for skin-on-skin contact in this area is quite common. Not that many women have the good fortune of having thighs that don’t touch. The video you are about to watch below, offers several great tricks for preventing the pain of chafing from occurring this summer.
WHEN EXERCISING wearing shorts, leggings or any compression type material will prevent your thighs from touching and causing the pain of chafing. If you enjoy WEARING SKIRTS OR DRESSES, there is no need to skip them; wearing a bike short underneath will do the trick. Not only are they designed to wick moisture away from your skin, but they will keep your thighs from touching. A more appealing and prettier choice that is less bulky, are BANDELETTES which slip around your thighs to keep them from touching.
There are also creams, oils and ointments that can be applied for prevention, which won’t get on your clothes as they get absorbed into your skin. According to “Runner’s World”, any DIAPER RASH CREAM that contains ZINC OXIDE will protect your skin, just as it does for babies! ANTI-PERSPIRANT works, but there is a much better solution known as BODYGLIDE which you can get in sports stores or through Amazon. COCONUT OIL, the natural wonder, is a great solution that not only smells great but has anti-bacterial properties.
The Problem: Lots of Friction
Too much rubbing for whatever reason — walking, working out, or wearing your favorite tight skinny jeans — could make your skin weak and wear away.
How to prevent it:
Body glide is a great solution, says Dr. Allison Hanlon, a dermatologist in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s an invisible protective balm that works really well — lots of runners and bikers use it. You can also try the Vaseline in your bathroom cabinet. Either way, a little dab in the morning can work wonders.
The Problem: Excessive Sweating
Moisture can break down the top layer of skin leaving it chafed, irritated, and painful.
How to prevent it:
Talcum powder does a good job at protecting your skin from perspiration. Dust on a fine layer before starting your day. For a little more coverage, roll on some antiperspirant in your most sensitive areas.
The Problem: Irritating Workout Gear
If you’re not wearing the right type of exercise clothing, your thighs will really pay (and we don’t mean with new muscles) for all those rep moves. And who wants to spend an hour kick-boxing if you’re going to leave with red, raw skin?
How to prevent it:
Ditch any loose fitting cotton pants — they’ll just “trap moisture and irritate the skin further,” says Hanlon. Instead, she recommends choosing moisture-wicking materials that cling to your body. You could also consider alternating the days you do upper and lower body training to give your thighs a break.
Too late and already hurting? Try these tricks:
1. Choose a mild cleanser and don’t scrub. Using harsh soaps can aggravate your skin and make the situation a lot worse. Wash gently with warm water and a pH neutral,moisturizing bar like Dove.
2. Wear soft, breathable cotton clothing during the day, and cotton pajamas instead of a nightgown at night, says Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologic surgeon at Stony Brook Hospital in New York.
3. Use plain Vaseline to soothe, protect, and heal the raw skin. Avoid creams with fragrance or fancy ingredients, they will likely irritate you more.
4. Go see your doctor. If things aren’t getting better, you may have an infection. When the skin is broken, yeast and bacteria can settle in and you may have to use a medicated cream.
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