How to Avoid Inner Thigh Chafing while Running
Posted by Jack Miller on 3rd Jan 2022
Chafing is a common issue for runners, and the inner thighs are one of the most commonly affected areas. There are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk of chafing and keep your running comfortable:
1. Wear shorts that are made of a material that doesn't rub against your skin - this will help to prevent friction.
2. Apply Vaseline to the inner thigh area before running - this creates a barrier between your skin and your clothing that should act as an extra layer of protection against chafing.
3. Change clothes after you're done exercising, or at least shower afterwards - this will help remove any sweat or bacteria that may have built up and lead to irritation.
4. Try wearing tights under your shorts for additional protection from friction - this can be especially helpful during the winter when temperatures are colder and there is a greater risk of chafing.
5. Use baby powder on sensitive areas if they tend to get irritated easily - this will help to keep them dry and free from friction.
6. Try fabrics like nylon, polyester or lycra. This may be easier said than done if you run in hot weather; one way to avoid the issue is to wear shorts over your tights (if it's cold) or running skirts (if it's not).
7. Take a break from running if you're experiencing any chafing - this will allow your skin to heal and prevent the issue from getting worse.
8. Invest in a good quality pair of anti chafing shorts - this may be more expensive than regular shorts, but it's worth it if it means you'll be able to avoid chafing.
9. Seek medical attention if the chafing is severe or doesn't improve with treatment - this may be a sign of something more serious, such as dermatitis or infection.
10. Use a body glide or other anti-chafe products that are designed specifically for runners - these can help to create a barrier between your skin and your clothing.
11. Try using tape as a makeshift solution if you're having trouble finding shorts that don't rub - this may not be the most comfortable option, but it will help to prevent chafing from happening.
12. If all else fails, consider wearing a pair of men's boxer briefs as underwear - they are generally made from a more breathable fabric than women's underwear and will help to reduce the risk of chafing
There are plenty of ways to avoid inner thigh chafing while running, and most of them are simple and easy to implement. By following these tips from No More Chafe, you should be able to keep your running comfortable. To learn more about our wide range of chafing solutions, browse our range at No More Chafe Thigh Guards.