How To Avoid Chafe At Work

How To Avoid Chafe At Work

Posted by Jack Miller on 19th Mar 2023

If you work in a physical job, it’s highly likely that you’ve dealt with chafing at work at least once before. If this is the case for you, then you know how uncomfortable it can be, and if left untreated, chafing can really affect your work. In this article, we’ll go over how to avoid chafing at work so that you can stay comfortable and avoid painful distractions.

Use powder or lotion

If you find that your skin is prone to chafing at work, you can try using a powder or lotion after showering. If you have sensitive skin, be careful not to put too much on as too much product could irritate the area and make it worse! Lotions and powders aren’t the best methods for chafing treatment, but in a bind, they can help to a certain extent.

Avoid tight clothing

Avoid tight clothing. Tight trousers, leggings and yoga pants can cause chafing legs if you're not careful. try to wear loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton, silk or wool instead of nylon or synthetics that are more likely to cause friction against the skin. This mitigates the friction while also keeping you cool, which stops you from sweating as much.

If you have sensitive skin, try wearing underwear made from bamboo fibres instead of cotton as they don't irritate the skin as much and are naturally antimicrobial (meaning they do not grow bacteria).

Wear the right amount of clothing

In addition to considering what type of clothing you wear, you may also need to consider the amount of clothing you wear. Wearing thick clothing can cause you to sweat, which encourages chafing. Layers are a great way to handle this, as you can add or remove as many layers as required based on your temperature. If you’re already dealing with chafing this may not provide an instant solution, but it helps to limit chafing.

Consider thigh guards

If you find yourself dealing with chafing quite regularly, then it might be a good idea to invest in a pair of thigh guards. These garments help protect your skin from rubbing against abrasive materials or clothing that could trigger chafing. What’s more, they’re designed to keep you cool and the fabric used is breathable so you won’t sweat or overheat.

Thigh guards are discreet, so they can easily be worn under a uniform or formal clothing without being noticeable. This ensures you can still follow your workplace's dress code whilst avoiding chafing.


We hope that you've found this article helpful and that it will help you to avoid chafing at work. We highly recommend looking into thigh guards when you’re working if you find that chafing is becoming a problem for you. For more information, get in touch with a member of our team today!