When you walk your thighs suffer because of the way that your legs are rubbing against each other. Subsequently of this rubbing appears redness, tingling, rashes and at times bruises.
This friction is particularly common in overweight individuals. However, this friction also can happen to thin individuals as well.
Thigh chafing, chub rub, whatever you want to call it, more people than you think experience it. In fact, the “thigh gap” is not as common as one might imagine.
So how do you stop thigh chafing? There’s no shortage of fancy products — goopy gels, powders, and more — designed to help prevent this unpleasant business. Most of them are targeted at runners, hikers, and cyclists. Some of them can feel a bit overkill for everyday use. Others can just get to be a bit expensive. And because everyone’s body chemistry is different, some solutions work better for one person than they do for others.
How to Use Antiperspirant
The Most Effective Method to Avoid and Prevent Friction Between the Legs
With a specific end goal to keep this rubbing, you can apply some antiperspirant stick or deodorant on the influenced area.
The antiperspirant will revive your inner legs and will spare your skin from friction. But however, you should keep in mind that you have to apply the antiperspirant onto perfectly clean and dry skin.
Solution #1: Deodorant Sticks
This might sound odd, but odds are you already have a deodorant stick — so why not give it a try? Rub the deodorant stick over your thighs where they rub against each other and you typically feel chafing.
Some runner products (check out our post here) work the same, but some people find that they leave a slimy or filmy feel, so it’s certainly not the best solution for everyone.
On the plus side, a small travel-sized deodorant stick is easy enough to keep in a purse. But you might need to reapply it periodically.
Solution #2: Talcum Powder (Baby Powder)
Talcum powder is a bit messier than a deodorant stick, but it’s also very common (you probably have some already) and inexpensive. A dusting on your thighs is an easy way to prevent thigh chafing. This isn’t a great all-day solution, or one for working out, but it’ll get you through some errands and other light tasks.
Like deodorant sticks, you’ll have an easy time keeping a small, travel-sized bottle of powder in your bag for reapplications, but you might want to consider sealing it in a plastic bag as a preventive measure.
Solution #3: Shorts and Shapewear
If deodorants and powders don’t work for you, or if they don’t feel comfortable, there’s always shorts and shapewear. Bicycle shorts are a popular choice. However, the charm of spandex isn’t that it’s breathable; it’s loved among runners and cyclists for its moisture-wicking properties. As a consequence, some might find that shorts under a skirt or dress feel heavy and uncomfortable, especially on the hottest days.
The other problem with running and cycling shorts is that they are typically compression shorts, which means they’re designed for athletic use, not day-to-day wear. They’re naturally constricting, the same way shapewear is. That’s great for when you’ve got a fancy occasion and are willing to sacrifice comfort for looking fabulous, but not so much for a casual summer day.
Solution #4: Use Bandelettes to Prevent Thigh Chafing
Bandelettes protect your thighs the same way that shorts do, but since they only wrap around your thighs, they don’t feel nearly as heavy or confining as shorts. Because they’re available in multiple colors and patterns, bandelettes give you the best of both worlds in terms of style and function. They are lightweight and breathable, but have non-stick silicone strips that ensures they stay put on your legs.