Best Anti-Chafing Products for Fitness

Chafing Prevention Preparations and Gear

If you have ever experienced chafing you know how much it can hurt. It can end your walk. You chafe wherever sweat and skin meet. The most common areas are the underarms, chest, crotch, thighs or nipples. To prevent chafing, you need to reduce the friction and protect your sensitive skin areas. There are simple solutions. Once you've experienced chafing, you won't leave home without these preps.

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2 TomsSport Shield Silicone Liquid Roll-On

2Toms Sport Shield Roll-On
2Toms Sport Shield Roll-On. Courtesy of Amazon.com

This silicone-based roll-on provides long lasting lubrication to prevent blisters and chafing. It is odorless and non-greasy, so you don't have any problems with it staining your clothing or being hard to launder out of fabrics. It is very useful to prevent underarm chafing and inner thigh chafing. You can also use it your feet to prevent blisters. Just don't get it on the floor or you'll create a slipping hazard. It also comes in towelette packets.

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Body Glide

Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Body Glide is a plant-based, no-petroleum stick that goes on like a deodorant stick. It works great to prevent chafing. It won't stain your clothing. It comes in a few different formulas. You can also find smaller sizes of packaging that are great to take along in your pack.

  • Body: the original anti-chafing version is scent-free.
  • Sun: anti-chafing, scent-free and includes SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Her: moisturizing, anti-chafing and scent-free.
  • Foot: anti-blister and anti-chafing, scented.
  • Body: cream rather than stick, anti-chafing and anti-blister.

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Squeaky Cheeks Performance Powder

Squeaky Cheeks Body & Foot Powder
Squeaky Cheeks Body & Foot Powder. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Review: Squeaky Cheeks
This anti-chafing powder stays in place all day and has a pleasant minty scent. It comes in a convenient large bottle, and you may also be able to find it in single-use packets. The drawback is that if you avoid scented products, this won't be for you. However, walkers who don't have that problem give a big thumbs-up to Squeaky Cheeks.

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überlube

Uberlube
Uberlube. Courtesy of Amazon.com

This medical-grade silicone lubricant is both stylish and convenient. It is completely odorless and non-staining. It will prevent chafing for as long as four sweaty hours, enough for a half marathon walk, a full marathon run, or a long bike ride. You can get it in a travel-ready 15-ml refillable container as well as the at-home 50 and 100 ml sizes. They also tout is as an intimate lubricant and to use to keep your hair from frizzing.

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Gold Bond Friction Defense

Gold Bond Friction Defense
Gold Bond Friction Defense. Courtesy of Amazon

This stick goes on like deodorant. It is unscented, which is a bonus for those who are allergic to many scents. You can use it wherever you are bound to chafe and use it on your feet to prevent blisters. It contains aloe vera to moisturize your skin. However, it can be a little sticky to the touch after you put it on. It works well to prevent under-bra chafing, but you may prefer to use the SportShield silicone roll-on for your underarms.

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SportSlick

Sportslick
Sportslick

This easy to apply gel combines silicone, polymers, and petrolatum for long lasting waterproof lubrication. It includes aloe, antioxidant vitamins E and C, natural plant extracts, Tolnaftate antifungal agent and Triclosan antibacterial agent. A drawback for some people is that it is scented, which may trigger allergies.

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Compression Shorts

Under Armour 7-Inch Long Compression Shorts
Under Armour 7-Inch Long Compression Shorts. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Spandex sports shorts are the best way to prevent thigh and crotch chafing. You can wear them as your only pants or layer them under loose shorts, leggings, or running skirts. These spandex and nylon shorts will keep your thighs from rubbing together to produce chafing. Look for these or similar models. You'll want to choose a length that will cover all of the areas of your thighs that are likely to rub together.

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NipGuards

NipGuards
NipGuards. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Everyone has nipples. Men and women soon discover that nipples are a prime target for chafing (more so if you don't wear a bra). Some try lubricants or bandages. But this item is specially designed to fit over nipples and provide the needed protection. Don't be embarrassed, it is a very common problem for runners and you are definitely not alone in needing an anti-chafing solution for your nipples.

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Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline
Vaseline. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Petroleum jelly is cheap and you probably have a jar of it in your medicine cabinet. For many people, it works great against chafing. But it can be hard to wash out of your clothes, and for that reason, you may not want to use it with your favorite workout gear. But any port in a storm, and if you don't have any of the fancier anti-chafing solutions, grab the petroleum jelly and give it a try. For a laundry solution, sources suggest using an oxygenated laundry powder and pre-treating for 10 minutes with a paste of the powder and water before laundering.

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