Products to Help Prevent and Treat Chafing

Products to Help Prevent and Treat Chafing

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Chafing, or when your skin is rubbed raw, can easily happen to runners during long runs, especially in chafing-prone areas such as the inner thighs, underarms, sports bra lines, and nipples (for men). Taking steps to prevent chafing can help make your runs much more comfortable and pain-free. Try some of these products to help prevent and treat chafing caused by running.

2Toms SportShield Liquid Roll-On

2Toms Blister Shield

2Toms Blister Shield Liquid Roll-on eliminates or greatly reduces the friction that causes painful blisters and chafing. This product is non-greasy and can be applied daily before running. It creates a water barrier that keeps your feet, hands, and skin dry. Runners love that it doesn't sweat off and lasts all day.

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BodyGlide is a lubricant that's designed to prevent blisters and/or chafing in vulnerable areas, such as your feet, inner thighs, sports bra lines and underarms. It comes in a stick and is applied like a deodorant, leaving no sticky, oily or powdery mess. To avoid chafing, I never do a long run or race before applying some BodyGlide.

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment


Aquaphor is a great alternative to BodyGlide, and unlike BodyGlide, it's available in most drugstores. You can also use it to prevent chapped hands and other body parts. I've gotten some travel-size tubes of Aquaphor in race goodie bags, and they're convenient and small enough to carry in your running pack or hydration carrier, so you can reapply on the run. Aquaphor is also great for cold weather running to protect your face and lips from the cold and wind.

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Vaseline Petroleum Jelly


Petroleum jelly is another great chafing prevention product, although it can be a bit messier and stickier than Body Glide. It's also useful to prevent wind burn and chapping on your face when running in the winter. You can often find petroleum jelly at the medical aid stations of major road races, such as marathons, so that you can reapply in the middle of a race.

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Although they probably don't want to admit it, most male runners have suffered from painful nipple chafing or bleeding at some point. Preventing that problem is as simple as adhering NipGuards to his nipples before runs, especially long runs and races.

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A + D Ointment

A + D Ointment

If you're already dealing with some painful chafed body parts, A + D ointment, which is most commonly used to prevent diaper rash, is an excellent treatment. Just apply some A + D ointment to your chafed areas -- it should clear up in about a day.

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Also see:  Products to Help Prevent and Treat Foot Blisters

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