Chafing on your bikini line can be very uncomfortable. If you are experiencing this, then don't worry, we have produced this handy guide with top tips on how to get rid of chafing.
Avoid wearing tight and synthetic underwear
To prevent chafing along your bikini line, you should avoid wearing underwear that is too tight or made from synthetic materials. You should also wear tights or thigh guards if you are wearing a skirt or dress as this can help prevent chafing.
Use anti-chafing products
Look for a moisturising anti-chafing product with ingredients like lanolin, silicone, and vitamin E. Steer clear of products with drying ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol or aluminium starch octenyl succinate.
Ideally, the product should be applied before your skin comes into contact with anything else — in this case, your underwear. Also, make sure you're using the right size and type of underwear: low-rise thongs are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to friction!
For those who are concerned about chemicals getting so close to sensitive areas, keep in mind that anti-chafing products are regulated by the FDA as cosmetics.
Exfoliate the affected area daily
Next, exfoliate the area with a loofah or some other mildly abrasive material. This will help to remove dead skin cells and encourage new cell growth. Exfoliating twice per day will dramatically reduce your chafing symptoms.
To exfoliate, first, use warm water to wash the infected area with a mild scrubbing motion in circular motions for at least 20 seconds. Make sure you don’t scrub too hard. Rinse the area with cold water and dry with a clean towel.
Do this twice per day (after showering in the morning, and right before bed.)
Use moisturising soap
Use a moisturising soap or body wash. Shower gels tend to be harsh on sensitive skin and can easily lead to chafing in your bikini line. Pick out a soap or body wash that's meant for sensitive skin and will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft afterwards instead of dry and itchy. Then, after you're done showering, simply pat the area dry rather than rubbing at it with a towel—the less friction there is in the area, the less likely you'll be to develop chafing later on!
Use a moisturising lotion or cream right after bathing when your skin is still slightly damp. This will help seal moisture into the skin so that it stays soft as long as possible without drying out throughout the day.
Moisturise your irritated skin
Moisturising the irritated skin can help to avoid further chafing and allow the current abrasion to heal faster. However, you need to bear the following in mind:
Avoid deodorant soaps: Deodorant soaps contain chemicals that can irritate your skin and actually increase the chance of chafing. Use hypoallergenic soap instead.
Avoid perfume-based products: Most perfume-based products have a high alcohol content, which causes dryness in your skin and increases the chance of abrasion because there is no natural lubrication between your thighs or elsewhere on your body when you move around. Choose a moisturiser that does not contain alcohol and apply a thin layer to any area prone to friction every day after you take a shower.