How to avoid inner thigh chafing

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How to avoid inner thigh chafing
Wear smooth fabrics like cotton to avoid chafing. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Walking in a summer skirt or participating in any activity in hot, humid weather can lead to chafing. Chafing occurs when your skin rubs against fabric or your other inner thigh to the point of irritation. The result is a painful cluster of hivelike sores with potential bleeding. Certain environmental factors increase the possibility of chafing, such as non-breathable fabric, humid weather and a heavier body size. Instead of limiting your activity, use preventive measures to avoid chafing.

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Things you need

  • Breathable fabrics
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Baby powder

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    Wear smooth, breathable fabrics. When not exercising, or engaging in some other high-perspiration activity, choose loosefitting clothing with natural fibres like cotton and linen. When working out, choose stretchy, wicking, high-tech fabrics that move with, not against, your skin. Wicking fabrics also won't hold perspiration near your skin which can aggravate friction.

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    Lubricate your inner thighs with petroleum jelly. This method works if you're prone to inner thigh chafing while wearing a skirt or dress. Apply a quarter-sized amount of jelly to your inner thighs. The jelly eliminates friction, moisturises and soothes. Continue applying throughout the day whenever your inner thighs begin feeling tender or sore.

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    Dry your inner thighs and reduce friction with a liberal sprinkling of baby powder. Pour the powder into your hand and rub it into your inner thighs after getting dressed or as needed. Frequent powder applications will absorb perspiration and leave your skin feeling soft and comfortable.

Tips and warnings

  • Make reapplying easy by carrying a small bottle of baby powder and petroleum jelly in your bag.
  • Wear flexible cotton shorts under your skirt while walking. Duck into a rest room and remove them at your destination.
  • Prevent chafing before it occurs. Don't wait until your inner thighs are swollen and raw.

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