Whether you’re somebody who just has large thighs, a runner, or somebody who has gained muscle in the thigh area there is a strong chance you have suffered inner thigh chafing. The discomfort can be very hard to deal with.
Top 4 – How to Stop Inner Thigh Chafing
1. Gel, Lubes, Creams, and ointments
This is the most common method used by sufferers of inner thigh chafing. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can do the trick and is very widely available, but if you want to go further, there are some specialized products available out there specifically made for runners that pretty much do the same job such as Hike-goo, Run-goo, BodyGlide, and Red11.
I’ve always used petroleum jelly Without a problem. The products like the Run Goo and BodyGlide aren’t that easy to access for me unless I order them online and the Red 11 I found to be very gooey and runny. So I continue to use good old petroleum jelly when I can.
2 Sports shorts/Compression shorts
I have a few pairs of these
which do help both for when I’m working out and going about my normal day to day activities. Compression shorts are snug, tight and don’t have seams in awkward positions that make the problem worse. Some compression shorts even go as far as to add extra padding to the inner thigh areas to help with thigh rubbing.
Pairs that I’ve had in the past have actually worn down after regular use and a good quality pair of compression shorts can be costly if you have to keep replacing them after a month of use. Ensure you get a good pair and keep an eye on the material wearing down. Importantly – don’t use harsh detergents when washing them as this can wear the materials of the shorts down even more.
If you don’t like creams there are some powders that work really well. Plain old talcum powder or baby powder is a common and easily accessible solution. For a more specialized solution, there are things such as ‘Anti Monkey Butt Powder’ which has a male and female variant, ‘Silky Underwear’ by lush and Cornstarch.
Baby powder and cornstarch have worked great for me in the past, but they can be quite messy especially if you’re wearing black you can get powder marks on your clothes which are a bit of trouble.
4. Taking care of yourself Post Run
It’s not the end of the world if you don’t use any of these solutions for inner thigh chafing. If your thighs have already chafed then there is something you can do. Clean the area as soon as possible so get in the shower. Pat the area dry, don’t rub the area. Now moisturize the skin by applying some coconut oil or shea butter to the area. If the skin is raw and very irritated then forget moisturizing and after patting the area dry apple some nappy rash cream that contains zinc oxide, Sudocream works well. The zinc is a well-known antibacterial which will soothe the area and speed up healing. Once the area is healed sufficiently then you can think about moisturizing the area.