Thigh chafing – or “chub rub,” as some of us like to call it, is an issue for plus-size people and smaller people alike – if you have thighs, you *might* have thigh chafing! Wearing a skirt with nothing underneath, especially in the summer, can make your chafing thighs scream in agony, and can result in a painful rash if you go for too long without treating it.
Chub Rub Fix: 15 Ways to Stop Thigh Chafing Now
There are two basic ways to help thigh chafing: stopping it from happening in the first place – thigh chafing solutions – and treating the pain of chafed thighs after it happens – thigh chafing treatment. We’ll talk about thigh chafing solutions first – they can help you avoid the chub rub in simple, relatively cheap ways that will last you all summer – or longer!
How to Prevent Thigh Chafing
Basically, they’re lace thigh bands – a wide, lacy elastic garter that you wear on the part of your thigh that chafes, and somehow they actually STAY UP, I PROMISE. They come in 6 sizes, fitting anywhere from a 21″ thigh to a 32″ thigh. Plus, they come in a variety of lace styles and colors (and also come in non-lace if that’s not your thing).
The weirdest part of wearing the bandelettes is going to the bathroom, because you don’t pull them down! It feels…strange. But it’s definitely worth it to keep my thigh chafing practically non-existent.
One really nice thing about the slipshorts is that they’re not Spanx – they’re JUST there to prevent chub rub, not suck in your belly or constrict you like a sausage. Plus, they come in a ton of cute colors, so you can even match them to your outfit!
These are also *not* made to suck you in – and you can actually just wear them in place of undies if you want a smooth line under your clothes. Plus, they’re *specifically* made to prevent chub rub so there are NO seams on the inner thighs! Score!!
One nice thing about these is that they’re designed for you to cut them off at the length you need – so no matter your height or style, you can prevent thigh chafing.
A bonus use is that apparently some people use it as a makeup primer?? Who knew??!
Both of the bodyglide options come in a tube like a stick deodorant does, so you won’t get it on your hands when applying. However, there’s also a tube version for applying to smaller areas like your arms!
Instead of sprinkling the powder on, you simply spray it on the areas you’re anticipating chub rub, and let it dry. You might need to re-apply later, depending on what you’re doing that day, but it’s a really effective way to apply powder-based thigh chafing solutions.
A powder is sometimes the most effective way to prevent thigh chafing because it keeps you DRY, and sweat, humidity and stickiness are the main culprits when it comes to chafed inner thighs.
Thigh Chafing Treatment
Now that we’ve run down some of the best thigh chafing solutions, let’s talk a bit about thigh chafing TREATMENT. We’ve all had a day when we’ve been out rubbing our thighs (or other body parts!) together and come home to throbbing, red skin on sensitive parts of our bodies. What to put on chafed inner thighs? A few of these things might help.
Try Aquaphor, a lotion specifically formulated for diaper rash, or this all-natural Burt’s Bees version that comes in an adorable container. There’s also the old classic, Desitin, which you can get in a tub or a tube!
This 24 oz. bottle of pure aloe vera gel is a great option if you need a lot of aloe vera for not much $$, or this version from Earth’s Daughter is a cold-pressed organic version if that’s more your speed. Simply apply the gel to the chafed areas and let it sit for a bit – this might be a good time to catch up on your favorite Netflix shows or read a book!
This Aveeno oatmeal bath packet can soothe your skin AND keep your plumbing pipes clear. Another option is a nice baking soda bath – add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender or cooling peppermint, to create a nice scent while you relax. If you’re not sure what kind of essential oil you like, a sampler might be nice!
Conclusion: Let’s End Chub Rub
Those are a few possible thigh chafing solutions and thigh chafing treatments that will help you prevent chub rub – and if you DO get chub rub, you’ll know what to put on chafed inner thighs. Hope you have a summer free of chafing thighs!