How to Prevent Swimsuit Chafe when Swimming in the Ocean

How to Prevent Swimsuit Chafe when Swimming in the Ocean

Posted by Jack Miller on 16th Jul 2021

Although we're in the throes of winter at the moment, it will be summer before we know it. Bring on the thrill of the ocean, new water activities and… chafing? Sadly, some things never change.

How can you keep chafing at bay while you ride new heights on Australia’s waves? Here are 4 tips and tricks to keep in mind.

Why do I only chafe when swimming?

Chafe occurs through a combination of irritating fabric, moisture, and friction. This can be skin-on-skin rubbing that causes excess moisture build-up or through contact with tight swimsuit fabric.

Chafing is most common in summer, however, its effects can be worsened when swimming. This is because saltwater accelerates chafing. Moisture from open water swimming can cause the top layer of your skin to rub and promote chafing, which causes abrasions. Saltwater causes skin cells to break open and exposes skin underneath to further damage and potential bacteria.

However, swimsuit chafing can be prevented with these simple steps.

Wear sunscreen

Not only can sunscreen protect you from the sun, but it can also be a chafing treatment. This is because sun damage irritates the skin and makes it more susceptible to abrasions and open wounds.

Most sunscreens cater for sensitive skin, so they are less likely to cause irritation, which is always a possibility with perfumed or high-active moisturisers. It's also water-resistant, so it will protect you when you're exploring the seas this summer.

Stay hydrated

Hydration promotes healthy skin and makes it more resistant to breakages which chafing can cause. Also, drinking lots of water allows you to sweat freely. This generates healthy moisture and prevents friction.

Keep your swimsuit clean and dry

You may be a little confused as one minute we’re telling you to promote body moisture and then we’re telling you to keep your clothing dry.

Dried salt and dirt will increase friction between your skin and your swimsuit. Remember, sea salt is great for cleansing your skin but when it’s applied in face masks and other skin cleansing products, it’s not meant to stay on for longer than a few minutes.

Be sure to rinse your body and swimsuit immediately after swimming in saltwater and get changed into fresh clothes. Sitting in your swimsuit in the sun for too long will cause salt crystals to form, which doesn’t bode well for those who suffer from chafing.

Wear a swimsuit that fits well

You need a swimsuit that fits you snuggly but that doesn’t hurt in motion areas, such as on the thighs or arms.

If you’re an avid swimmer who suffers from chafing, it may be worth investing in a sports detergent that deals with high-performance swim fabrics. This will ensure that any debris or salt crystals are removed between usage.

From formal wear to casual summer clothes, chafing is always a possibility. Yet extra care and protection are needed when it comes to swimming in open water.

No More Chafe offers high-quality chafing underwear which are perfect for under your swimming costume or shorts. Browse our range today.