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10 Ways To Prevent Thigh Chafing That Actually Work

A walk on the beach is great — until you realize that your inner thighs are the same color as a freshly boiled lobster.

When it comes to chafing, the struggle is real — and it sucks. If your thighs touch, as mine do, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, but if your legs are rubbing together until they’re painfully raw, then it might be time to invest in some products that prevent chafing.

As a girl who wears biker shorts under every dress, I know the chafing struggle. Since it seems like skorts aren’t making a comeback anytime soon, wearing an extra layer of clothing under a skirt might seem like the only option to avoid chafing — but it’s not.

Thankfully, some products have stepped up to the plate to free your thighs from this “friction affliction” and stop chafing once and for all.

Whether you slather on an anti-chafing balm or slip into some surprisingly sexy thigh protectors, there are so many ways to keep your legs comfortable during peak romper weather.

1. These Garters That Actually Do Something

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Bandelettes Elastic Anti-Chafing Bands, $18, Amazon

Garters always look super hot, but they don’t really serve a purpose unless you wear old-timey nylons, which, if you are wearing retro stockings all the time, go you.

These bandelettes, on the other hand, may look like sexy lingerie but they’re actually way more functional. Each lacy elastic band features a non-slip silicone lining to hold the bands in place to protect your skin from chafing. Pair them with your short dresses, your pencils skirts, or let them peek out under your favorite shorts for a fashionable, functional summer accessory.

2. This Lotion That Stops Chafing Everywhere

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Fresh Breasts Lotion, $12, Amazon

One, I have to commend any product that just comes out and calls itself “Fresh Breasts.” It cuts to the chase and I like it.

Even better, this lotion isn’t just for your boobs, but anywhere you need a chafing solution. The lotion is cooling, soothing, and prevents wetness wherever you put it. It goes on as a non-greasy cream and dries into a light powder that won’t get all over your clothes. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic, and talc-, paraben-, and aluminum-free, so it’s safe to use.

3. These Super Lightweight Shorts That You’ll Forget You’re Even Wearing

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Jockey Women’s Skimmies Slipshorts (Sizes S-3X), $18-$20, Amazon

Regularly wearing two layers of clothing as the weather warms up can get really old. But these shorts are so light, you’ll forget they’re even there. They’re long enough to protect your thighs from chafing and they’re specially designed to keep the legs from rolling up or the waist from falling down. The nylon and spandex give it excellent stretch, but the gusset is all cotton to improve breathability and prevent chafing.

If you’re doing a lot of walking or just need some guaranteed chafe protection, these will keep you comfy all day.

4. This Powder That Stops Butt Sweat

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Lady Anti Monkey Butt Powder, $9, Amazon

The thighs aren’t always the center of the chafing problem. Sometimes butt sweat can make you uncomfortable. This powder is specifically designed to absorb sweat and leave a satiny smooth finish. It smells nice and its cooling power will last through any intense workout or day spent in the sun.

One hyper-enthusiastic Amazon reviewer wrote: “THIS right here has been life-changing! I use this EVERY DAY! I put it in many areas of my body that chafe and are often red and rubbed raw. My skin no longer has red and rubbed-raw areas.”

5. This Balm That Protects Your Sensitive Areas

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Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel, $11, Amazon

Monistat is probably your go-to brand for yeast infections, but this chafing gel is just as worthy of your money.

Newsflash: If there’s a place on your body with skin, it can chafe. That includes the bikini area and when chafing hits there, it can be seriously painful. This gel dries into a light powder and creates a barrier between your skin and any possible moisture. Plus, it contains vitamin E to give your skin an extra healthy boost.

6. This Incredibly Popular Body Lube

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Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm, $19, Amazon

More than 2,500 people have taken time out of their lives to write glowing reviews for Bodyglide.

This vegan balm is applied just like a regular deodorant, but you put it wherever you need chafing protection. The long-lasting, non-greasy formula protects your skin and won’t clog your pores or stain your clothes.

One Amazon user left this promising review: “This is a miracle product. You don’t feel it once it’s on, but it prevents discomfort and chafing. It doesn’t stain, it doesn’t smell. Like I said, it’s a miracle.”

7. This Cooling Cream That Is Technically Made For Men But Works For Women

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Fresh Balls Lotion, $11, Amazon

Sure, this lotion says it’s made for a guy’s balls, but don’t be fooled, this lotion works on anybody (and any part of the body). There’s no talc or parabens, and the gel dries into a cooling, smooth powder. If you dislike the scent of “feminine” products, this unisex lotion is an excellent option.

8. These Anti-Chafing Towelettes You Can Toss In Your Bag

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2Toms Sport Shield Towelette, $15 (10 Count), Amazon

I already have a ton of stuff in my bag, so personally, I’d rather not add a huge bottle of anti-chafing gel to the mix. Instead, these towelettes are individually wrapped and easy to stow in a backpack or a back pocket. Just wipe on and you have chafing and blister protection that won’t sweat off.

9. This Easy-To-Use Spray For Instant Chafing Relief

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TRISLIDE Anti-Chafe Continuous Spray Skin Lubricant, $15, Amazon

If you’d rather not slather on anti-chafing goop with your hands, then try this mess-free, spray-on skin lube.

It’s still sweat-proof and waterproof and won’t rub off and stain your clothes. Plus, this spray isn’t just good for thigh chafing, it can also help get you into wetsuits or other tight attire. Ah, yes — finally, you can wear those leather pants you love on a 100-degree day!

10. This All-Natural Balm For Happy Thighs

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Rocket Pure Natural Anti-Chafe Balm, $16, Amazon

If you’d rather use tea tree and rosemary oils on your skin than harsh chemicals, this natural balm is your answer. Made in the United States and paraben-free, this stick glides on with no mess and keeps your skin safe from chafing.

If you’re worried a natural option may not offer the same level of protection as its chemical-laden competitors, fear not. This balm has nearly 100 rave reviews on Amazon from happy (verified) customers.

Elite Daily may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Elite Daily’s editorial and sales departments.

Deodorant is also a great weapon for anti-chafing, since the product is designed to keep you dry. Just because it’s meant for armpits doesn’t mean we can’t take it down low and combat moisture between the legs. I highly recommend repurposing it for protection from chafing. My favorite is the Secret Invisible Solid in Lavender Clean. It’s nice and dry with a great fragrance.

2. You can also try a homemade remedy to always have an inexpensive option on hand.

I saw a homemade remedy of coconut oil and cornstarch on Pinterest and I thought I would give it a try. It actually works really well and gives just enough glide without feeling too greasy and gross. Some recipes also add lavender oil, but for simplicity you can mix one-and-a-half parts coconut oil with one part cornstarch. Apply before you go, or store it in a small container and keep it in your purse to use when chafing might become an issue. This works best for lower-sweat situations, like a summer day when you’re not necessarily exercising hard but will be outside in the heat.

3. Look for clothes that will give you a layer of fabric between your skin.

Buying longer shorts may seem like an obvious solution, but in many cases when we are shopping we are looking for outfits that suit us from a fashion standpoint and sometimes overlook the functionality of the pieces we choose. The current fashion trends are showing shorter shorts and I’ve found that finding longer shorts can be sort of a challenge. If you see them, scoop them up, because they are a definite way to eliminate chafing. The length and fit that work for you will be different than what works for me, but you can check out my list of 40 great plus-size fitness brands to get started.

4. Invest in undergarments specifically made to combat chafing. Yes, they exist, and they are awesome.

Thigh Society makes great garments specifically for anti-chafing. Like I said, longer shorts are hard to find these days, and if it’s a day you’re wearing a dress or skirt, all bets are off. Thigh Society undergarments come in sizes up to 4X and I love them for three reasons:

  • Thigh Society isn’t shapewear. The garments are not meant to control and restrict my body shape, but they have just the right amount of stretch to be comfortable to move around in.
  • They are multipurpose and can be worn under dresses for casual wear or under short-shorts for exercise.
  • They are very light and breathable so if I do plan to exercise in them, my crotch can breathe and everyone’s happy.

5. Do what you can to avoid poorly placed seams, even if it means ditching a layer of clothing altogether.

Seams in leggings or shorts can often be the biggest culprits of friction and chafing in the thighs. The same goes with certain bras and tops, either in the band (of bras) or in the underarm area. It’s really important if you want to get through a run or outdoor workout comfortably that you take your apparel seriously and look for any functional hazards.

If you are running, avoid prominent seams inside the leg that could rub. For tops, I recommend wearing a shirt that is fitted into the armpit (like a T-shirt) to avoid rubbing in that area. Tank tops can be problematic if your skin rubs while you run, so use some of my suggested remedies above if those type of shirts are your jam.

If you are cycling, I would avoid underwear altogether because added seams and unnecessary material can become your nemesis out on the road; I simply put on some padded cycling shorts or pants, add some 2Toms, and go.

A lot of this will come down to trial and error and preparation, but hopefully some of my tips and tricks will help you rock all your summer workouts in comfort.

Louise Green is a plus-size trainer, founder of the fitness program Body Exchange, and author of Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have. Follow: Instagram @LouiseGreen_BigFitGirl, Twitter @Bigfitgirl, Facebook @louisegreen.bigfitgirl

Ways to Prevent Skin Chafing

In order to prevent skin chafing, you must decrease the amount of friction to your skin. Here are some ways to do this:

Stay dry. Wet skin can make chafing worse. Before you head out the door, apply talcum and alum powders to areas that get the most sweaty. Powders can help wick moisture away from the skin. Don’t stay in wet or sweaty clothes.

Lubricate. Apply petroleum jelly, or a similar product, to hot spots. Lubricants can help reduce friction to the skin. Petroleum jelly is inexpensive and widely available; several types of lubricants are available over the counter. You may have to try a few before you find the one that works best for you. To reduce nipple chafing, petroleum jelly, patches, or tape can be placed on your nipples to reduce friction.

Dress right. When exercising, wear proper-fitting, moisture-wicking clothes, such as those made with synthetic fibers. Do not exercise in cotton. Compression shorts, such as those worn by cyclists, may help reduce thigh chafing. Also, less is more when it comes to dressing for exercise. If it is warm outside, consider running without a shirt if you are a man and in only a jogging bra if you are a woman. Lastly, choose exercise clothes and bras that have smooth seams to avoid rubbing.

Inner-thigh chafing (or “chub rub”) is an uncomfortable reality for so many of us — but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever. There are foolproof ways to prevent it or, if you’re already experiencing chafing, help ease the pain: no thigh-gap or weight loss required (embrace those curves!).

Here, the best expert-approved tips to help you conquer the most common chafing problems with confidence and ease the pain of chub rub once and for all.

Reduce Friction With Anti-Chafing Products

Too much rubbing for whatever reason — walking, working out, or wearing your favorite tight skinny jeans — could make your inner-thigh skin weak and wear away, which leads to painful thigh chafing.

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. Our editors also love Gold Bond Friction Defense to protect chafing-prone skin.

“Anti-chafing products film on skin that can reduce the friction between touching skin parts,” explains Birnur Aral, Ph.D., a senior chemist at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Aral suggests looking for ingredients like waxes and polyethlyene to create a film, paired with silica and zinc oxide, which are powders that impart a silky and non-sticky feeling. One of our editors swears by using antiperspirant on her thighs: it saved her from inner-thigh irritation while running a marathon (in the rain!).

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Nix the 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.

Limit Excessive Sweating to Protect Inner Thighs

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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 and helps skin stay dry. Dust on a fine layer before starting your day.

For more intense sweating, you might need to give your derm a call. “If you experience a lot of sweating, ask your dermatologist for a new prescription product called QBrexa wipes,” suggests Kavita Mariwalla, MD, Founder of Mariwalla Dermatology. “They are meant for people with excessive sweating,” she explains. “You just swipe them on once at night and sweating is decreased in a matter of days.”

How to Treat Thigh Chafing

If you’re already in pain (ugh), there are a few things you can do to ease the pain and expedite your healing process.

1. Use a mild cleanser and don’t scrub! Using harsh soaps can aggravate your chafed skin and make the situation a lot worse. Wash gently with warm water and a pH-neutral moisturizing bar like Dove.

2. Switch up your wardrobe. Wear soft, breathable cotton clothing during the day, and breathable cotton pajamas instead of a nightgown at night, says Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, a dermatologic surgeon at Stony Brook Hospital in New York. This protects your thighs from further irritation.

3. Moisturize. Use plain ol’ Vaseline to soothe, protect, and heal the raw skin. Stick with the standby petroleum jelly and avoid creams with fragrance or fancy ingredients; they will likely irritate you more. Another option is the derm-favorite Skin Fix Nourishing Cream, recommended by Dr. Gohara. “Apply it after taking a shower to prevent inflammation, moisturize, and protect.”

4. Invest in anti-chafing bands. Sometimes, no matter how many anti-chafe products you stock up on, thigh chafing is inevitable when wearing a dress on a hot and sweaty summer day. Get ahead of the rub by wearing anti-chafe bands. The best part? They don’t rub off like anti-rub creams and balms.

5. Call your doctor. If the chafing isn’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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What Causes Inner Thigh Chafing and How Do I Treat It?

There are several ways to help prevent inner thigh chafing. Try adding one or more of these simple steps before you get dressed in the morning.

Shapewear

Shapewear is worn under your clothing. It can help prevent inner thigh chafing by creating a barrier between the skin of the inner thighs.

If you prefer, you can wear leggings or yoga pants instead of shapewear. Be sure to choose something made from breathable materials.

You can also purchase anti-chafing thigh bands, which look like two wide elastic bands. They’re made from soft, stretchy cloth. Wear one on each thigh to prevent them from rubbing against each other and chafing.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is important for your overall health. It might also help prevent inner thigh chafing. When you’re dehydrated, your sweat has more salt and less water. This can irritate your skin and make it more sensitive.

Stay dry

Wear clothing that’s made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics. If you’re working out, wear loose clothing and avoid cotton, which soaks up sweat and moisture. This can cause friction and chafing.

If you’re sitting for long periods, avoid crossing your legs. This helps to prevent your inner thigh area from sweating or collecting moisture.

You can also try applying antiperspirant to your inner thighs. It might help you sweat less in this area.

Lubrication

Lubricating or moisturizing your skin may help prevent inner thigh chafing.

You can use petroleum jelly to lubricate and protect the skin. It might also prevent clothing from causing friction against your inner thighs. Apply about a teaspoon of petroleum jelly to the inside of your thighs.

You can also try chafing creams and balms, such as Body Glide, or zinc oxide ointment.

Everyday products that contain petroleum jelly and other moisturizers can also be used to lubricate your inner thighs. These include:

  • lip balm
  • shea butter
  • body oil or lotion
  • sunscreen

Avoid using products that might make your skin stickier or absorb too quickly. Also, be sure to stay away from products that are scented or perfumed, as they can cause more skin irritation.

Lose weight

If you’re overweight, you might experience thigh irritation more often, as excess fat and skin can become irritated faster. Talk to a doctor or nutritionist about the best diet and exercise plan for you.

How To Treat And Prevent A Chafing Rash Naturally Shaheen Naser Hyderabd040-395603080 October 30, 2019

Whether it was due to getting drenched in the rain or simply sweating it out in a pair of tight shorts, chafing has caught us unawares many a time. Chafing refers to the skin rashes that develop on your skin as a result of friction. Want to know more about chafing rashes and natural remedies to treat it? Continue reading.

Table Of Contents

  • What Is Chafing?
  • Signs And Symptoms Of Chafing
  • Causes And Risk Factors For Chafing
  • Home Remedies To Heal Chafed Skin Overnight
  • Prevention Tips

What Is Chafing?

Chafing is a very common skin problem. You must have observed that prolonged scratching of your skin due to an irritating fabric, friction, or moisture causes your skin to burn and sting. This results in skin rashes, which are referred to as chafing rashes.

Excessive scratching of your skin may result in the following signs and symptoms.

Signs And Symptoms Of Chafing

Chafing is often characterized by the onset of skin rashes. These rashes can be:

  • Itchy
  • Red and inflamed
  • Burning or stinging

More severe cases of chafing may cause your skin to:

  • Swell
  • Crust
  • Bleed

Chafing rashes have more to do with rubbing your body parts against each other or against your clothing. And that takes us to the factors that cause the rashes.

Causes And Risk Factors For Chafing

Chafing mostly occurs when:

  • Your skin rubs against itself, especially when wet.
  • The fiber of your clothing is irritating, and your skin rubs against the cloth.
  • Your skin or clothing is wet.

Some factors can increase the risk of chafing. They are:

  • Participation in endurance sports like biking and running.
  • Athletics
  • Obesity
  • Breastfeeding
  • Wearing soiled diapers for too long – This is true especially in the case of infants and older adults who use diapers.
  • Wearing a skirt – Without pants or leggings to protect your legs, your thighs may rub against each other and develop chafing rashes.
  • Wearing ill-fitting clothes – When a loose piece of clothing rubs against your skin, it can cause rashes.

All said and done, we need to know how to treat (and prevent) chafing rashes. Let’s see how.

Home Remedies To Treat Chafed Skin

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Olive Oil
  3. Essential Oils
  4. Vaseline
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Epsom Salt Bath
  7. Oatmeal Bath
  8. Turmeric
  9. Indian Lilac
  10. Cold Compress
  11. Cornstarch
  12. Baking Soda
  13. Apple Cider Vinegar
  14. Vitamins

1. Aloe Vera

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Take an aloe vera leaf and extract a tablespoon of gel from it.
  2. Apply the gel evenly to the chafed skin and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Wash with water.
Why This Works

Aloe vera speeds up the healing of skin wounds, which explains its efficiency in treating chafing. The anti-inflammatory property of aloe aids the healing (1).

2. Olive Oil

1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil

  1. Take some virgin olive oil in your palms.
  2. Gently massage it into the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off.
  4. You can also apply olive oil to the affected area at night, before going to sleep.

Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant that speeds up the healing of the affected area with its protective and healing properties (2), (3).

3. Essential Oils

a. Tea Tree Oil

  • 6 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  1. Mix six drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  2. Apply this concoction to the affected area.
  3. Leave it on until it dries on its own.
  4. Reapply as required.

The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil treat chafing rashes and prevent any possible infections (4).

b. Calendula Oil

  • 7 drops of calendula oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (or any other carrier oil)
  1. Add seven drops of calendula oil to a teaspoon of any carrier oil.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected skin.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse off with water.
  4. You can also allow it to evaporate naturally.
  5. Repeat this multiple times in a day.

Calendula oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can accelerate wound healing (5).

4. Vaseline

Vaseline or petroleum jelly (as required)

  1. Take a little Vaseline and apply it to the affected area.
  2. Reapply as necessary.

Vaseline keeps your skin well moisturized. It also forms a protective layer on the skin and prevents further infection in the affected area (6), (7).

5. Coconut Oil

1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil

  1. Take a little coconut oil in your palms and spread it all over the affected skin.
  2. Allow the oil to dry on its own.
  3. Reapply the oil as and when required.

The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil keep your skin lubricated and relieve inflammation and swelling (8), (9).

6. Epsom Salt Bath

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • Water
  1. Add a cup of Epsom salt to a tub of water.
  2. Mix well and soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Pat your skin dry.
  4. You can also soak in an Epsom salt bath before you go to bed.

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, which reduces inflammation and treats the symptoms of chafing (10).

7. Oatmeal Bath

  • 1-2 cups of oatmeal
  • Water
  1. Add one to two cups of oatmeal to a tub filled with water.
  2. Soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes and pat your skin dry.
  3. You can also replace your loofah with some oatmeal wrapped in a muslin cloth.
  4. Do this 2 to 3 times.

The excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-itch action of oatmeal work wonders in healing chafing (11), (12).

8. Turmeric

  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • Water (as required)
  1. Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder with enough water to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste all over the chafed area.
  3. Allow it to dry for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. Repeat this several times during the day.

The curcumin in turmeric can help in treating chafed skin with its anti-inflammatory properties (13).

9. Indian Lilac (Neem)

  • A handful of neem leaves
  • Water (as required)
  1. Take a handful of neem leaves and wash them thoroughly.
  2. Grind them with water.
  3. Apply the neem blend to the affected skin.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off.
  5. Repeat as and when necessary or until you notice an improvement.

The methanolic compounds in neem help fight the inflammation, itchiness, and swelling associated with chafing (14).

10. Cold Compress

A cold compress

  1. Take a cold compress or some ice wrapped in a clean cloth and apply it directly to the chafed skin.
  2. Hold the compress on your skin for about 2 to 3 minutes and remove.
  3. Repeat thrice.
  4. You can apply the ice compress at regular intervals for faster recovery.

The anti-inflammatory action of cold compresses offers relief from the itching and inflammation in the affected area (15).

11. Cornstarch

Cornstarch (as required)

  1. Sprinkle a little cornstarch on the moist and affected areas of your skin.
  2. You can also apply a layer of Vaseline over this.
  3. Repeat as necessary.

Cornstarch helps in keeping your skin dry and sweat-free. This remedy is especially effective when the chafing is a result of too much sweat or moisture (16).

12. Baking Soda

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • Water (as required)
  1. Mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply it to the chafing rash.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it off.
  4. Do this multiple times.

Two properties of baking soda play a role in the treatment of a chafing rash. Firstly, the alkaline nature of baking soda restores the pH of your skin and accelerates healing. And secondly, baking soda is a natural antiseptic that can prevent further infections (17), (18).

13. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar(ACV)
  • 1 glass of water
  • Cotton pads
  1. Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and add it to a glass of water.
  2. Mix well and soak a cotton pad in it.
  3. Apply the mixture to the affected skin.
  4. Allow the apple cider vinegar to dry on its own.
  5. Repeat at regular intervals.

ACV has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can work wonders in treating your chafed skin and its symptoms (19), (20). These properties can be credited to the presence of acetic acid in ACV.

14. Vitamins

Individuals suffering from chafed skin must include a diet rich in vitamins A and C. These vitamins work as antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for your overall health, including chafed skin (21), (22). Also, vitamin C is known to boost your immunity and can thus protect your skin from further infections (23).

You must consume foods like spinach, kale, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and guava to get the required amounts of vitamins A and C naturally. You can also take additional supplements if required, after consulting with your doctor.

You can also follow the below-mentioned tips to prevent recurrence of this condition.

Prevention Tips

  • Follow a healthy diet rich in all the essential nutrients.
  • Use a deodorant to avoid sweating too much.
  • Use a good moisturizer on the chafing-prone areas of your skin.
  • Wear clothing that allows your skin to breathe, especially while exercising.
  • Wear well-fitting clothes to avoid friction with your skin.
  • Do not stay in wet clothes for too long.

These are a few quick and useful tips that can help you steer clear of chafing.

Chafing is a condition that can be easily managed, and with the help of the remedies discussed here, it will not be bothering you for long. Do you have more doubts regarding chafing? Why not ask us in the comment box below?

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How long does chafing last?

Chafing usually lasts only for a few days, depending on how fast you fix or get rid of the irritant causing it.

Can you get boils from chafing?

Yes, boils can surface on the areas of your skin exposed to repetitive chafing.

Does baby powder relieve chafing?

Baby powder absorbs the unwanted moisture and sweat from your skin. This keeps your skin dry and soothes the irritation caused by chafing.

Which body parts are commonly affected by chafing?

Chafing is most likely to occur on your body parts that either rub against each other or against your clothing, such as your inner thighs, buttocks, nipples, groin, feet, and armpits.

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This article was medically reviewed by Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and member of the Prevention Medical Review Board on July 11, 2019

It’s such a familiar scenario: After a day of (sweaty!) fun in the sun, your inner thighs are red, raw, and painful. Or when you get back from Zumba class, the skin under your sports bra straps is burning like crazy.

Yes, you’re experiencing skin chafing, a rash-like inflammation (medically known as intertrigo) that happens when moist skin rubs against other moist skin or clothing. It’s common in skin folds where sweat becomes trapped, such as the groin, the armpits, and under the breasts, and between the thighs, especially after walking or other forms of exercise. Wearing tight or loose clothing, long-distance running or cycling, hot weather, and having sensitive skin or being overweight can also increase your risk of chafing.

The most common signs of skin chafing include itching, red and inflamed skin, burning, stinging, and sometimes even bleeding or swelling. And because raw, moisture-laden skin invites microbial overgrowth, a skin infection can follow.

“Abrasion from moisture and friction makes microscopic cuts in the skin, and salt from sweat can exacerbate the irritation,” says Cameron Rokhsar, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In more severe cases, skin chafing can cause painful blisters, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Want to avoid chafed skin this season, or at least lessen its severity? Follow the dermatologist-approved advice below:

How to treat and soothe skin chafing

Cleanse with care

Wash inflamed areas with a gentle body wash or plain lukewarm water to soothe irritation from dried sweat and help control fungal growth. Pat dry, don’t rub—then, if you can, let the inflamed skin air out for a few moments to make sure all dampness is gone. “You might even dry the area with a fan or a blowdryer set on cool,” Dr. Rokhsar says.

Calm it with ointments

Treat chafed skin twice a day with a zinc oxide ointment (often used in diaper rash products) or a balm, such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Eucerin Original Healing Cream to soothe the abrasion and restore damaged skin. If you need something stronger for a one-time incident, try applying a topical over-the-counter corticosteroid twice a day for three days, then taper off and quit before the two-week mark. “You don’t want to use steroids long-term due to potential side effects like thinning skin, stretch marks, and spider veins,” Dr. Rokhsar says.

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Consider medical options

If chafing is from excessive sweating, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which can be treated with prescription-strength aluminum chloride antiperspirants, Botox injections in the problem spots, oral meds, or MiraDry, an FDA-cleared treatment that destroys sweat glands in the underarm area. Talk to your dermatologist, who can figure out the best in-office treatment plan for you.

How to prevent skin chafing

Interrupt the friction

Applying a thick, slippery product like petroleum jelly on chafe-prone areas reduces friction and prevents abrasion. “Products with silicone, beeswax, or shea butter provide the same benefit,” says Temitayo Ogunleye, MD, an assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Don’t rely on oily lotions, which won’t last as long. “You want a product that you have to scoop out of the jar or is specially formulated for chafing,” Dr. Ogunleye says. If needed, reapply after about three hours.

Try an antiperspirant

Over-the-counter antiperspirants, like Certain Dri, contain aluminum chloride, which can block sweat in any moisture-prone skin fold, such as under the breasts or in the inner thigh or groin area—not just armpits! Apply a light layer and let it dry before any activity. Consider adding an antifungal powder (like this one) to help further wick away moisture and protect against infections, but avoid putting it on or around orifices meant to be moist, including the vagina.

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Wear protective clothing

Moisture-trapping cotton is not your friend when it comes to chafed skin—instead, choose synthetic fabrics like polyester or Lycra, which aren’t as absorbent. Look for garments that have flat seams or are seamless, and remove any interior tags; this also helps prevent skin irritation. Even when you’re not working out, wearing tight, moisture-wicking athletic gear like sports bras and compression shorts (slip them on under a flowy dress) can reduce friction and create a barrier between two skin surfaces or between skin and clothing.

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Skin Chafing: How to Get Relief and Prevention Tips

Chafing is the term given to skin irritation caused by repetitive friction. When your skin repeatedly rubs against skin or clothing, it may become red, irritated, and extremely painful.

This problem usually occurs in areas like the inner thighs, armpits, nipples, groin area, and neck area. It is more common in people who are exercise enthusiasts, runners, those who are overweight, and those who have sensitive skin.

This uncomfortable condition is very common and anybody can suffer from it. Severe chafing is also known as friction burn.

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What Causes Skin Chafing?

The main causes that lead to this condition include:

  • Excessive weight: Being overweight increases the risk of chafing. Excess body weight makes it easier for the inner thighs or the armpits to rub together.
  • Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding mothers may also experience chafed nipples due to the regular use of pads and bras.
  • Rigorous physical activities: Those who are into endurance sports are also at a higher risk due to repetitive movements, loose-fitting clothing, or excess moisture from sweat.

Other reasons behind skin chafing are:

  • Wearing skirts or dresses, particularly in hot and humid weather
  • Wearing ill-fitting clothing
  • Wearing clothes made of rough materials
  • Excess sweating
  • Sand from the beach drying on the skin
  • Use of diapers or sanitary pads

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Chafing

Chafing is accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Red marks or sore patches
  • Rashes
  • Pain
  • Burning sensations
  • A stinging sensation when the affected area comes in contact with water

In severe cases, chafing may also cause:

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Crusting

Treatment for Chafing Skin

Ignoring skin chafing could only worsen the damage, make your condition significantly more painful, and even give way to infection.

It is, therefore, important to stop all those activities that can further aggravate the condition and tend to the affected area at once.

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Moreover, if you suspect that your clothes are contributing to the skin irritation, change into something that does not rub your skin the wrong way.

The first line of treatment entails gently cleaning the chafed area with water and to dry it thoroughly. After cleaning the area, apply an appropriate anti-chafing lubricant such as petroleum jelly, which will help reduce friction and allow surfaces to glide against each other instead.

Moreover, applying a gentle talcum powder can help rid the affected skin of unnecessary sweating and moisture.

In the event that the area becomes painful, inflamed, starts to bleed, or develops a crusty surface, your health care provider may recommend a medicated ointment to provide relief.

Natural Treatment Options for Chafing Skin

Here are some home remedies for skin chafing.

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1. Keep the Area Clean

Whether it is in case of skin chafing or any other minor wound, keeping the affected area clean is a must in order to ensure optimal healing and reduce the risk of any infection.

  • For cleaning, use water and a bar of mild, unscented soap.
  • Once you are done with washing the affected area, dry the area properly using a clean cotton towel. Pat your skin dry and don’t rub as this can further irritate the skin.

2. Apply Cold Compress to the Affected Area

You can soothe your chafed skin by applying cold compresses over the affected area. This will reduce the redness and itchiness and relieve the irritation.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, cold compresses help with skin issues that cause itchiness, which is one of the main symptoms of skin chafing.

  1. Wrap a few ice cubes in a towel.
  2. Place the ice pack on the affected area for 5 minutes.
  3. Take a break and reapply.
  4. Repeat a few times daily for a few days.

You may also wash the affected area with cold water.

Note: Do not put ice directly on the affected skin.

3. Keep the Area Dry

Excessive sweating can make chafing worse as sweat contains minerals that can further irritate the skin. Hence, it is very important to keep the affected dry and sweat-free.

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For this, you can use talcum powder, baby powder, or even cornstarch. All these products help absorb moisture, keeping your skin dry and reducing friction.

  1. Clean the affected skin with a bar of mild antiseptic soap and lukewarm water.
  2. Thoroughly pat dry the area with a soft towel.
  3. Lightly dust talcum powder, baby powder, or cornstarch over it.
  4. Reapply two or three times daily.

Note: Do not apply talcum powder on moist skin

4. Reap the Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera can be very effective in calming irritated skin.

The glycoprotein present in aloe vera helps reduce pain and inflammation, and the polysaccharides stimulate skin cell repair. Aloe vera also speeds up the healing process and reduces the risk of infection.

  • Slit an aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel. Apply the gel directly on the affected skin two or three times daily. If you don’t have an aloe plant, purchase 100% aloe vera gel from a pharmacy.
  • Alternatively, mix together ¼ cup of aloe vera juice, 1 cup of brewed green tea, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle and use it on your chafed skin twice daily.

5. Take an Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal comes loaded with medicinal properties. It can cleanse, moisturize, and help soothe the affected skin.

A study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggests that oatmeal acts as an excellent anti-inflammatory agent to help soothe and protect the skin.

Another study published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology demonstrated that colloidal oatmeal is a safe and effective ingredient in personal care products due to its moisturizing, cleansing, antioxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Mix 1 to 2 cups of oatmeal powder in a bathtub filled with lukewarm water. Soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off your body with lukewarm water. Pat dry your skin using a soft towel. Use this remedy at least once daily.
  • You can also use any cream or lotion containing colloidal oatmeal on the affected area, two to three times a day.

6. Turmeric Paste can be Beneficial

Turmeric is rich in curcumin, which is believed to possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can protect your chafed skin from infections and reduce the healing time. Furthermore, it reduces the risk of scarring.

A study that can be found in the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (2007) suggests that curcumin works as a potent nontoxic agent for treating skin problems.

It protects the skin by eliminating free radicals and reducing inflammation through the nuclear factor-KB process.

  1. Make a paste by mixing 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder with enough water (about 2 tablespoons).
  2. Apply the paste on the affected area.
  3. Cover the area with a soft cloth and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. Repeat this two or three times a day.

7. Coat the Area with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used to treat chafed skin due to its powerful moisturizing property. It also helps by facilitating the healing process.

Coconut oil can also help keep away infections and prevent scarring. After taking a bath, take a few drops of coconut oil on your palm. Apply it directly on the affected skin. Repeat this remedy a few more times throughout the day.

You can also use olive oil or vitamin E oil to treat chafing.

8. Trust the Healing Potential of Calendula

Calendula is believed to be a safe and effective remedy for chafing, diaper rashes, and skin inflammation.

Being rich in flavonoids, calendula protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It even speeds up the healing process.

  • Apply a few drops of calendula oil directly on the affected area two or three times daily.
  • Alternatively, boil 1/3 cup each of dried calendula flowers, green tea, and dried chamomile in 8 cups of water. Allow the mixture to cool, strain it, and add the liquid to a lukewarm bath. Soak in it for 20 minutes, and then pat your skin dry. Enjoy this healing bath once daily for a few days.

9. Dress Accordingly

When it comes to treating chafing, you need to determine the cause of the friction and stop it from occurring to help the chafed skin heal. One common cause of this friction can be your clothes.

  • Belts, tight underwear, and clothes that cause you to sweat may lead to chafing.
  • Clothes made of materials that are coarse, scratchy, or moisture retaining should be avoided.
  • While exercising, do not wear clothes made of cotton as it absorbs sweat and stays wet. Wear clothes made of synthetic, sweat-wicking fabrics instead.
  • Wear seamless and tag-less clothes to avoid skin irritation.
  • Wear clothes with an ergonomic fit. Loose-fitting garments increase the chances of rubbing, particularly in hot and humid weather.

How to Prevent Skin Chafing?

The following tips can help you prevent chafing:

  • Wear properly fitting clothes, especially while exercising.
  • Obesity can lead to chafed thighs. Eat a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole-wheat grains. Exercising regularly may help prevent excessive weight gain and aid in weight loss.
  • Incorporate foods rich in vitamins A and C, zinc, and beta-carotene into your diet.
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated and eliminate dryness that can lead to chafing.
  • Keep your skin dry. You may apply talcum powder to sweat-prone areas to keep them dry and fresh. Change wet or sweaty clothes immediately.

When to See a Doctor

Though it is not dangerous at all, chafing causes a lot of discomforts. It can lead to broken skin, which increases the risk of infection and other complications. The symptoms may aggravate and worsen if not treated timely.

Visit your doctor if you experience symptoms including bleeding, discoloration, swelling, and crusting.

In some cases, people suffering from this condition may need a prescribed steroid to soothe the skin and help in the healing process.

Mild cases of chafing can be treated without the intervention of a medical expert. To ease the pain and burning associated with chafed skin, you can use some simple home remedies and lifestyle changes.

Additional Tips

  • Find out what is causing the chafing and adjust as needed to prevent it from recurring.
  • Apply calamine lotion on the affected area to provide relief from itching and speed up the healing process.
  • Applying a lubricant such as petroleum jelly over the area also helps reduce further friction.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothes. Belts, tight underwear, and tight clothes can cause you to sweat, which can worsen your chafed skin.
  • Use unscented baby powder to keep your skin dry.
  • When exercising, wear clothes made with synthetic fibers. This help reduce perspiration and dry faster than natural materials. Use compression shorts, spandex cycling shorts, and athletic tights that stretch and cause no friction.

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How to Prevent Chafing

Even if you manage to get rid of your chafing, you still need to prevent it from reoccurring.

Otherwise you will be constantly applying ointments and bandages without ever getting rid of the rash.

A waste of your money and time.

This step will help you eliminate what’s causing your chafing. That way your skin will have time to heal. And you will prevent chafing from happening down the road.

That being said, here are some prevention guidelines that you should follow to decrease the chances of getting chafed skin in the future…

Avoid The Rub

The most common cause of chafing is relentless friction.

In other words, constant rubbing or what some people call, the chub rub.

The best way to avoid this rubbing is to wear protective clothing.

If the chafing is on your thighs, you can purchase some anti-chafing shorts.

If you’re worried about fashion, ladies can wear bandelettes instead.

But if your chafing is somewhere else, put a bandage over it. Just make sure this bandage is changed every day.

If your chafing is near the armpit, try some of the other suggestions here since bandages are awkward for that region.

Stay Dry

You may notice that your chafing gets significantly worse when it’s hot out or you sweat.

This is because chafing is worsened by certain types of moisture.

There are many ways to ensure the area stays dry. But here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Don’t stay in wet or sweaty clothes. Remove them as soon as possible.
  • If you are going to sweat, try dry-fit clothes. The material absorbs sweat and quickly dries off.
  • Don’t apply skin lotion to areas that commonly chafe. Instead, use the aloe mixture when the area feels dry.

Ditch Your Traditional Soaps

Traditional soaps and body washes you find in the store often contain chemical irritants.

These irritants can cause or worsen your chafed skin.

Instead, invest in an organic bar soap that has no added toxic chemicals or artificial fragrances (3).

If you’re not sure where to get a safe and natural soap, you can try this one.

Avoid too Much Activity

While your chafed skin is healing, it’s important to avoid too much physical activity.

That’s because when you move, it can aggravate the chafed area.

You don’t want to make the problem worse as you try to heal it.

Of course, exercise is tremendously important for your health. So make sure you get back into it once your chafed skin heals.

Eat Right

There’s no diet that will cure chafing.

But your diet plays a huge role in your skin’s health.

If you consume processed or sugar-filled foods on the norm, your skin will be starved of nutrients.

This kind of diet also promotes the growth of a yeast called Candida albicans. This yeast can cause nasty skin rashes, sores, and destroy your gut health.

If you eat a balanced diet, on the other hand, your skin will be much happier.

This means your skin will be getting the nutrients it needs to regenerate, heal, and fight inflammation. All of which are important for avoiding chafing.

Other Home Remedies to Consider

If for some reason you can’t use the home remedies for chafing mentioned in the guide, there are several other alternatives you can try.

I always suggest using the manuka honey for disinfection. You can, however, experiment with these natural remedies that can soothe chafing:

Lavender and Calendula Oil Soak

Try adding 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of calendula essential oil to your bath water.

Lavender has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties (4, 5).

Paired with the therapeutic effects of calendula, this herbal bath could help ease your chafing.

You can get lavender essential oil here.

Turmeric Salve

Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects (5, 6).

But there’s countless substances out there that have these properties.

So why turmeric?

Studies suggest that the active compound in turmeric can speed up wound healing (7).

As you could imagine, this is really helpful for chafed skin.

If you want to try this method, you first need to pick up this organic turmeric root powder.

It’s important that you get the recommended product because a lot of turmeric powders out there contain suboptimal levels of curcumin. This means they won’t have the desired effect.

Instructions:

  • Once you have the powder, make a paste by mixing one tsp. of water with three tsp. of turmeric powder.
  • Spread over the chafed area and let it sit for 30-45 minutes. Cover it with a bandage if necessary.
  • Be careful with the turmeric! It will literally stain everything it comes into contact with, including your skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another home remedy that can help alleviate your chafing.

That’s because coconut oil can fight infection (including fungal infections) and soothe inflammation (8, 9).

Coconut oil also moisturizes the skin. Thanks to these three properties, coconut oil can provide significant relief for some people.

To use this remedy…

  • Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a small fraction of your chafed skin. This will allow you to see if your skin negatively reacts to the coconut oil. Because in rare cases, some people do not tolerate coconut oil well.
  • If your skin doesn’t worsen from the coconut oil, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your chafed skin twice a day.
  • That’s it!

Just be sure to only get organic extra virgin coconut oil.

Otherwise the product could be low quality and contain unwanted chemicals.

This is the coconut oil I use.

The Bottom Line

If you suffer from chafing, it can be a miserable experience.

It’s uncomfortable, painful, and it just looks plain awful if it’s an area that’s exposed.

Fortunately, the cure to chafing is quite easy. The process can be summed up into three steps:

  • Step 1: Disinfect the chafed skin. Infection is common with chafed skin so it’s important to clear out any bacteria or fungi to allow the skin to heal. Manuka honey is, hands-down, the best natural way to clear out any skin infection.
  • Step 2: Heal and soothe with a mixture of aloe vera gel and calendula oil.
  • Step 3: Prevent the chafing from occurring. Consider dry-fit clothes to absorb any excess moisture and to protect your skin from constant friction which results in chafing.

By following these steps, it’s possible you can find relief in no time—without the use of any harmful chemicals.

But I also urge you to also consider this…

While this guide may help you find relief, it’s always important to look at the root cause of things.

In this case, it could be that you’re carrying a little extra weight.

Suffering from chafing may be your cue to get in shape.

I know it’s hard, but I have a mega-list of tips you can use to lose weight. Consider a few of the tips at a time, and you can drop pounds before you know it.

Other Names for Chafing & Confused Terms

Chub rub, inner thigh rash, armpit rash, nipple rash, chafed skin between legs, heat rash.

What causes rashes on the inner thighs?

There are many possible reasons for an inner thigh rash. Both women and men are susceptible to inner thigh rashes, although the causes may vary between the sexes.

Potential causes include:

1. Atopic dermatitis

Share on PinterestA rash on the inner thigh may be accompanied by itchiness, oozing lesions, and scaly patches.

Atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, causes red, itchy, and dry skin. The condition is more common in children, although it can occur at any age.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of children worldwide have eczema, while just 1 to 3 percent of adults do.

Eczema may begin in the creases of the elbows or knees, but it often spreads to other areas of the body, including the inner thighs.

Over time, this skin condition may cause:

  • a leathery appearance
  • dry skin
  • lightening or darkening of the skin
  • permanent bumps

2. Chafing

The inner thighs are especially prone to chafing because they can rub against one another or be irritated by clothing and pantyhose. Physical activities, such as running, may also lead to chafing.

Chafing is characterized by redness and blistering, although these symptoms should clear up once the cause of the chafing is addressed.

3. Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis causes a rash to flare up following skin exposure to an irritant (irritant contact dermatitis) or an allergen (allergic contact dermatitis).

Irritant contact dermatitis may be caused by a variety of substances, including:

  • bleach
  • detergents
  • fragrances
  • soap

Allergic contact dermatitis is less common and results from exposure to substances such as:

  • latex
  • nickel
  • poison ivy

The inner thighs may be especially prone to contact dermatitis because they come into close contact with clothing and detergents on a regular basis.

4. Heat rash

Heat rash, also known as miliaria or prickly heat, occurs when the pores become blocked and trap the sweat in the skin. Although it can be itchy and irritating, this skin rash is not dangerous.

It appears as tiny bumps on the skin and can affect any area of the body, from the back and chest to the groin and inner thighs. Symptoms usually resolve once the skin cools down.

Heat rash occurs in hot and humid environments and most commonly affects infants, children, and people on bedrest.

5. Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurative (HS) is a rare rash that presents as blackheads or pimple-like bumps under the skin, which may burst and ooze pus. It occurs where skin rubs against skin, so it is common in the inner thighs, groin, and armpits.

The cause of HS is unknown, but it is most common in people who:

  • have excess weight or obesity
  • smoke
  • have depression, anxiety, or both
  • have diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or both
  • have follicular occlusion tetrad, a syndrome that combines HS with acne conglobata and dissecting cellulitis of the scalp
  • have squamous cell carcinoma in the affected areas

HS affects three times more women than men, and it usually begins between puberty and menopause, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

6. Jock itch

Despite the name, anyone can get jock itch, not just athletes. It is more common in men than women because men tend to sweat more, especially around the groin.

Caused by the same fungus that leads to athlete’s foot, jock itch can itch, burn, and cause a flaky and scaly rash on the genitals, inner thighs, and buttocks.

This rash is highly contagious, especially through direct contact or by sharing towels or other items.

7. Pityriasis rosea

Share on PinterestRashes that get worse or do not fade after a couple of weeks should be assessed by a doctor.

This common rash often appears in the spring and fall, with symptoms including small, scaly patches on the thighs, neck, upper arms, back, or chest.

Approximately 75 percent of all cases of pityriasis rosea begin with a “herald patch,” which is a single oval, scaly patch, followed within 2 weeks by more patches.

The condition affects women more than men and is more common in younger people. It rarely affects those over 60.

The cause of pityriasis rosea is not known, but the rash usually disappears completely within a few months.

8. Razor burn

Razor burn is caused by shaving, especially with unclean or dull razor blades, or when using improper shaving techniques.

Razor burn can develop on any part of the body that is shaved.

9. Swimmer’s itch

Swimmer’s itch, medically known as cercarial dermatitis, is an allergic reaction to certain parasites that live in some lakes, ponds, and oceans.

Symptoms include tingling or burning skin, reddish pimples, and small blisters that arise within days of swimming in infected water. Most cases do not require medical attention unless symptoms persist or get worse.

Swimmer’s itch can occur anywhere in the world but occurs more often during the summer months. However, there is no risk of getting swimmer’s itch from properly chlorinated pools.

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