Yep, Thigh Chafing Happens In The Winter, Too — Here’s How To Deal
Summer was only a few short weeks ago, meaning that your sun-kissed glow might be slowly going away — but your chafed thighs may have not. Granted, thigh-chafing isn't exclusively a seasonal issue — however, three months' worth of high-cut swimsuits, miniskirts, and short shorts lend themselves to the cause. And leads to thigh chafing happening in the fall and winter, too — even underneath all of our layers.
"Thigh chafing results from friction and rubbing of the thighs produced by repetitive skin-to-skin contact or from skin-to-clothing contact," Pearl E. Grimes, MD, FAAD, a Los Angeles-based board-certified dermatologist, explains. "Common causes ... include fatty tissue of the superior inner thigh."
And it's not just uncomfortable: Due to the friction and irritation from rubbing, it can cause hyperpigmentation, too. Coupled with improper drying of the inner thighs after showering, wearing moisture-retaining clothing during workouts, and frequently crossing and uncrossing your legs, chafing is often inevitable. And while you can easily slip on a pair of bike shorts, Spanx, or Bandelettes underneath your dresses, creating a barrier of fabric between your legs is only a temporary solution.
Instead, look to keep your skin hydrated, rather than damp, by opting for products like chamomile and almond oil, as well as ingredients like azelaic acid, kojic acid, and niacinamide to combat discoloration, Hedieh Asadi, MD — who also co-founded of DeoDoc — tells TZR. Ahead, find out from Dr. Grimes and Dr. Asadi, MD how to heal your chafing at home, plus grab some insight on the best products to do so.
Silky Underwear Dusting Powder
Grimes points out that common agents, such as baby powder or cornstarch, can help minimize constant thigh rubbing. This calming jasmine-scented powder is formulated with cornstarch and kaolin to help absorb moisture between your thighs, while key ingredients like cocoa butter help keep texture slippery — not damp.
Friction Free Anti-Chafing Spray
sweatWELLth's spray has an anti-inflammatory formula laced with cooling technology to soothe irritated skin, and hyaluronic acid to add a boost of moisture.
For Her Anti Chafe & Moisturizing Balm
You can this cooling balm on at any point of the day, as its stick formulation allows for maximum portability. (Hello, gym bag!)
Thigh Rescue Mini
Or, if you're pressed for space in your handbag or carryon, Megababe's baby-sized Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick fits in any space — and slicks on seamlessly, thanks to its aloe and lime oil.
Active Naturals 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream
"Intermittent use of over-the-counter hydrocortisone can help control more intense flares of irritation," says Grimes. It has healing ingredients like aloe and vitamin E, in addition to a hint of hydrocortisone to relieve irritation.
Intimate Calming Oil
Oils like chamomile and almond are light to touch, and shea butter calms and soothes any sore spots. Massage it on for maximum — and instant — relief.
Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub
Experts point out that constant thigh chafing can also bring about dryness — which leads to rough texture overall. Buff away the dullness with this body exfoliator infused with Kenyan coffee, sugar, shea butter, and baobab oil to keep your skin silky, smooth, and luminous.
Specialist Skincare Oil
Allow the cult formulation, made with chamomile, vitamin A, and vitamin E to seamlessly melt into your skin, as it targets uneven skin just like its expensive counterparts. Kim Kardashian, Mel B, and Kate Middleton are all huge fans, as the oil also combats dryness and post-pregnancy stretch marks.