Thigh chafing is extremely common, if you’ve suffered from it, you’ll know that it can be very uncomfortable. When your skin rubs together, the resulting friction can cause irritation and redness, and this tends to be more common on the inner thighs, armpits, and buttocks. It's caused by a simple combination of skin friction and moisture. Therefore, anyone can suffer from chafing, but if you’re an exercise enthusiast, you work hard or play hard, you're going to be more susceptible. Don’t panic though – we have some at home solutions.
However high your pain threshold may be, ignoring your chafing is never the answer. The first thing to do is cleanse the affected area with warm water and a body wash. Let the area dry, and then you can try one of these home remedies.
Here we discuss 5 options that can help ease the effects of skin that has been chafed up:
1. Aloe vera
Even though it is completely natural, the aloe vera plant is known for its medicinal properties and has been used for a long time due to its effective results. The succulent contains a gel sap within its leaves, which was found to soothe burned or wounded skin. For this reason, it’s definitely worth a try on your chafed skin.
If you happen to own an aloe vera plant, simply squeeze the gel out of one of the leaves and carefully apply it to the area. Some natural food stores may sell aloe vera leaves, or you can buy the gel at a drug store. If all else fails, you’ll always find it online.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is thought to assist in wound healing, able to reduce inflammation, or kill bacteria. Simply dab some coconut oil onto the areas that need soothing and you’ll find yourself with some short-term relief. Unfortunately, coconut oil doesn’t tend to stay on the skin for long.
3. Petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly has been found to reduce irritation caused by chafing rash. If you’ve read any of our articles about preventing chafing, you may recognise petroleum jelly from these lists. The jelly doesn’t absorb into the skin quickly and results in the skin being fairly slippery, meaning it can also be used as a part-time prevention technique.
4. Shea butter
Shea butter is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties which can help heal your skin. As it is high in fatty acids, applying shea butter to any chafed areas will add nourishment back into your skin, hopefully removing some of the discomforts.
Like with any wounds and many forms of skin discomfort, chafing can begin to itch after a while. Enter cornstarch – this can absorb any extra moisture that has built up on your skin, and reduce the itching. You’ll find that applying cornstarch leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth, which can help to prevent any further friction, and therefore any further chafing.
Home remedies are never completely full-proof, and some may work better for you than others. If you’re looking to solve the issue before it even begins, why not take a look at some of our No More Chafe Thigh Guards? For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.