The most effective ways to prevent chafing

It’s getting hotter which means the chances of getting chafe are higher. There’s nothing worse than that painful, sore feeling you can get between your thighs, buttocks and breasts, but luckily there are some great ways to alleviate the pain and enjoy the sunshine with the worry.

Prevention has always been better than cure. Before chafing on the groin area occurs, patients should constantly keep the body hydrated. Proper hydration with at least 8 glasses of water a day is the most basic way of preventing groin chafing. Patients can also mix Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to prevent the skin from developing more blisters.

Here’s how to prevent it:

Change of diet

Chafing is caused by frequent friction among body parts, and sometimes those who are affected by the condition commonly dismiss it as nothing serious. Constant friction is never something to ignore as it can cause wounds on the skin that may become infected.

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So what is the best diet for those who suffer chafing?

  • Include Vitamin C in your diet via fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Zinc should also be included in the diet of a person suffering from chafing.
  • Another nutrient that is good for those who experience chafing is vitamin A because it helps to maintain normal healthy function of the skin.

Reduce your weight

It might seem obvious but some people who suffer from chafing don’t consider losing weight as an option. If you are overweight, take measures to reduce your weight – not only to stop chafing, but for your overall health.

Keep the area between buttocks dry

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Bacteria loves moisture and one of the best places to breed is in a skin fold on between two rubbing limbs on a hot day. So one of the best ways to avoid chafe is to keep your areas dry, including your buttock crack. Sprinkling talcum powder or baby powder may be useful in keeping the area dry and free from moisture.

Allow free movement of air

The more air is able to pass between the areas you get chafe, the less it will occur.

Be sure to:

  • Wear looser underwear
  • Avoid g-strings
  • Clean out dirt in skin folds or buttock cracks
  • Avoid tight clothing and pants if possible
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Lace bands

You can buy or make lace bands to put on your legs, sort of like garters. They look nice and prevent sweat and chafing.

 

Shapewear/bike shorts

Some shapewear can be constricting and when you want to avoid chafing, you want as much air flow as possible, so with that said, you need to choose undergarments that aren’t super tight and will more protect your thighs than anything.
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Stick deodorant

Some people swear by using stick deodorant (oval-shaped) to ward off chafing as it decreases friction.

Coconut oil

Rub coconut oil between your legs and other areas you get chafe and you will see a noticeable reduction in chafing.

Lubricant
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It might not sound pretty but personal lubricant is one of the simplest ways to avoid friction in high risk areas for chafe.

Tell us, what has been the most effective remedy for getting rid of chafe for you?