We are officially in the midst of summer, which means we are relaxing, vacationing, and yes, sweating more than usual. While sweating profusely may be great for a workout, it’s not so great for your inner thighs, which can suffer from some seriously uncomfortable chafing. Inner thigh chafing is the result of skin rubbing against skin and can cause itchiness, redness, burning, and in extreme cases, blistering.
Chafing can occur no matter what size your body is. The only ingredients required are skin, friction, and moisture. Want to know how you can avoid the dreaded “chub rub” this summer? Here are five ways to combat chafing!
Put deodorant on your inner thighs
This is by far the easiest hack on the list since it doesn’t require you to go out and buy any extra products. Simply take the deodorant you’d normally swipe on your pits, apply it to your thighs, and go! As long as the skin isn’t cut, irritated, or inflamed, you should be fine putting deodorant on the affected area.
Try moisture-wicking underwear
Underwear made with sweat-wicking fabric is designed to eliminate moisture quickly so you can stay dry even when you’re breaking a sweat. Many brands take it a step further and combine their moisture-wicking fabric with odor-eliminating, antibacterial, and temperature-regulating technology, helping you combat chafing while remaining comfortable.
Use anti-chafing balm
For those of you who don’t mind spending a few extra dollars, you can forego the deodorant and opt for an anti-chafing body balm that’s actually made for keeping your thighs chafe-free. These balms provide a barrier for your skin that’ll prevent chafe and blistering when you go for a summer run.
Use anti-chafing powder
No, it’s not only for babies with diaper rash. For those who’d prefer a greaseless finish, anti-chafing powder is a great option. Some brands even include calamine, which will cool you off while absorbing your sweat, keeping you happy and friction-free. Bonus tip: anti-chafing powder can also be used to stop under-boob sweat. It’s a win-win!
Wear anti-chafing shorts
Those who need a little more than sweat-wicking underwear may decide to use anti-chafing shorts, which resemble biking shorts and offer full coverage for your thighs and groin area. Certain brands use quick-drying microfibers, as well as mesh panels on the side for temperature control. Others carry more fashion-forward options featuring stylish patterns and lace. Whether you’re fighting your friction in comfort or in style, the result will be the same: happy, pain-free thighs this summer.