Chafing can be extremely uncomfortable and very painful. It is also very common, so you have likely experienced it at least a few times every summer. The good news is that it's entirely preventable; with the right protection, but it can be treatable, if you already have it. Here are 6 home remedies you can use to help soothe chafed skin.
1. Aloe Vera
It is no surprise that this wonderful, cure-all plant can help relieve chafing. Whether you are getting it directly from the plant or out of a bottle, Aloe Vera will help relieve the irritation and inflammation that chafing causes.
2. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly is used as a key ingredient in many lotions and creams because of its effectiveness at minimising friction and preventing moisture loss. This is why it is such an effective chafing treatment. It also serves as a skin lubricant and can stop further skin irritation from chafing.
3. Coconut Oil
When people joke that coconut oil fixes everything, they might just be right! Not only is it deeply moisturising to the skin, but it is also antibacterial and very effective at reducing inflammation. You can apply coconut oil to help soothe and heal chafed skin. However, because it absorbs into the skin, it won't prevent further chafing.
You've probably seen gymnasts cover their hands in white powder - well, this is basically the same concept as using cornstarch to alleviate chafing. Cornstarch absorbs excess moisture which will reduce itching and irritation on the skin. It also creates a moisture free surface to prevent further chafing.
5. Shea Butter
If your skin needs some serious love after chafing, shea butter can work wonders. It is high in fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties that may help your skin heal. Again, it is best to apply after chafing has occurred and won't do much to prevent further chafing.
In a serious pinch, it is possible to use any brand of cosmetic skin moisturiser on the affected area. Sensitive skin moisturiser is definitely preferred because of the sensitivity of chafed skin, but any moisturiser will help replenish and guard the skin, allowing it to heal more quickly.
All of these remedies are safe to apply to mildly or moderately chafed skin. If your skin is blistered or open, you'll want to stay away from powders and lotions that can further irritate badly damaged skin. In this case, you will need to let the skin heal naturally. You can keep the area covered with a bandage or use petroleum jelly to prevent any further chafing while healing takes place. There is no real chafing cure when it comes to creams and gels, that's why it is best to prevent chafe from occurring entirely.
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