Below are seven tips to help you prevent chafing.
Buy exercise clothes made from synthetic fabrics:
Synthetic fabrics are designed to ‘whisk’ sweat away from your skin, helping to keep you cool and dry during exercise. Non-synthetic fabrics (such as cotton) trap sweat and moisture which can cause irritation against your skin.
If you know you’re prone to chafing in a particular area (for example your inner thighs), buy clothes that cover this area. For example, exercise in knee length shorts or pants instead of shorts that allow your skin to rub together.
Clothes that are too loose or too tight can create friction and rubbing against your skin.
Chafing can occur from waistbands or bra straps that are too tight and dig into your skin.
Wash your exercise clothes before wearing them. Dried sweat and chemicals can cause irritation against your skin.
Wear new clothes during a short workout before you wear them for a longer workout to see if you have any problems with chafing.
Common areas where chafing occurs include:
- inner thighs
- under the arms
You can apply certain products to your skin to minimize friction and help prevent chafing.
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