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Chafing. It can happen to the best of us, though fitness enthusiasts and those that are overweight are much more vulnerable to this skin condition. Chafed skin is the always uncomfortable and sometimes painful consequence of skin repeatedly rubbing against skin or clothing. It’s most prevalent on the thighs and underarm area but can also happen anywhere else on the body.
If chafed skin happens to you, you can treat it by gently cleaning the affected area with fresh water, patting it dry and then applying a petroleum jelly product to protect it from any further chafing. Do note that if the area is swollen, bleeding, infected or extremely painful you should see you medical doctor for a prescription to help you heal.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION…
Of course it’s always better to prevent chafing in the first place, and the best way to keep it from occurring is to decrease friction to the area. To prevent it from happening:
- Apply powder to the areas of your body that are most prone to sweating. This preventive measure will help wick moisture away from the skin before it can cause problems.
- Change out of any wet clothes as soon as possible.
- Use a barrier product like petroleum jelly to help reduce friction in the area.
- Dress with care. Moisture-wicking clothing protects your skin better than cotton can. Wear compression shorts to help keep thighs from rubbing together. Choose smooth seamed clothing to help avoid excessive rubbing.
PREVENT CHAFING WITH THESE PRODUCT PICKS:
Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder ($9) is made with kaolin to absorb excess moisture and grated cocoa butter for a bit of non-greasy slip plus it has the most wonderful light jasmine and vetiver scent. Simply sprinkle it on potential problem areas before getting dressed to avoid chafing. So worth mentioning is that it also doubles as an aphrodisiac — To try it out, just add a bit to your sheets before hitting the sack.
Jack Black Performance Remedy™ Dry Down™ Friction-Free Powder ($20) is an ultra-fine, talc-free powder that soothes on contact and helps prevent possible skin irritations. A combo of pure cornstarch, lavender, cucumber, and organic green tea work to prevent friction and keep skin soft, smooth, fresh and dry.
Smith’s Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a Tube ($6) takes petroleum jelly to a whole new level. This balm blends 7 different rose essential oils with petrolatum and cotton seed oil for a protective, moisturizing aromatic skin savior. It can prevent or calm and heal irritations, soothe and heal minor cuts or burns and also multi-tasks as a quick fix for rough cuticles, dry lips, ashy skin and so much more.
NOTE: Products were sent for review. All opinions are my own.