Chafing sucks. And if anyone tells you they don’t chafe after a long run, they’re probably lying (or incredibly lucky). There are a myriad of reasons and factors that effect chafing. And I’m not ashamed to tell you mine occurs after a good number of miles of skin-to-skin and fabric-to-skin.
To avoid this during runs, I use Body Glide. It’s something I’ve learned to just add to the running pack. For training runs I’ll just apply it to my inner thighs. And for races I’ll apply it to anywhere I might rub (usually inner thighs, armpits, and back where my tank top hits). It helps to create a slicker layer so whatever normally chafes will glide instead of rub.
However, there are some times when you can’t stop the friction and you’ve got to react with some damage control. When I do chafe, I use Skinfix Rash Repair Balm to help with irritation. This helps to create a soothing and restorative layer for when I end up with inner thighs that look like a cat attacked them, or a burning sensation when I step in the shower. I like Skinfix because it’s made with natural ingredients, and free of steroids and parabens. It’s also good for other uses (e.g. razor burn and insect bites), so it’s a multi-functional product.
So there ya have it. My 2 ways to deal with chafing. Preventative: Body Glide. Reactive: Skinfix Rash Repair Balm.
How do you deal with chafing?