Your body experiences different aches and pains during training, but chafing is one we tend to forget about until it’s too late. Chafing is the result of friction and can occur in many ways; from thighs rubbing together to wrong-size clothes. Simply put, chafing occurs when skin rubs against itself or clothing. Here are a few ways you can prevent chafed skin to avoid the excruciating pain in the shower:
- No cotton: Cotton absorbs sweat and stays wet so chafing is inevitable. Wear synthetic or wicking fabrics that pull the water away from your skin to help evaporate more quickly.
- No seams or tags: Seams and tags on shirts or bras can create havoc on the skin. When buying shirts or bras, inspect them first so they will not cause pain later.
- Compression shorts: Compression shorts can save your legs, especially the inner thighs, from abrasions. Buy the correct length of compression shorts that will give you the most coverage for your inner thighs.
- Cover them up: Nipple protection is critical for guys. NipGuards and Band-Aids are the most common shields to protect you from the dreaded bloody shirt.
- Grease up: Applying lubricant to the body areas that chafe can help reduce abrasions. Body Glide and petroleum jelly-based products are the lubricants of choice. Moisturizing your skin twice a day will also help reduce your chances of chafing.
- Hydrate: Drinking water will minimize the salt concentration of your sweat. It will reduce the sandpaper effect that salt creates against your skin.
If you happen to have some chafing after a run or workout, it is best to wash it up with lukewarm water and antibacterial soap. It will sting for a bit, but you will want to ward off any bacteria that could creep in the open wounds. Pat dry and apply some A&D Zinc Oxide ointment to the affected area.