Top Chafing Prevention Products

Stop Painful Chafing With These 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.

2 TomsSport Shield Silicone Liquid Roll-On

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

This silicone-based roll-on provides long lasting lubrication to prevent blisters and chafing. It is odorless and non-greasy. I use it to prevent underarm chafing, as well as on my toes to prevent blisters. It also comes in towelette packets.

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Body Glide

Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
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Body Glide is a plant-based, no-petroleum stick that goes on like a deodorant stick. I use it 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. You can get it in convenient single-use packets. I avoid products with scent, so I passed along samples to my walking buddy Krista. She loved Squeaky Cheeks.

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Uberlube. Courtesy of

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. I used it for a half marathon and only chafed in the spot where I stupidly forgot to apply it. That was proof it worked for my underarms and upper thighs. 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. I love that it is unscented, as I am 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. I found it to be a little sticky to the touch after you put it on. It worked well to prevent under-bra chafing, but I prefer to use the SportShield silicone roll-on for my underarms.

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Sportslick. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

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 me is that it is scented and I'm allergic to the scent.

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Compression Shorts

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

Spandex sports shorts are the best way to prevent thigh and crotch chafing.These spandex and nylon shorts will keep your thighs from rubbing together to produce chafing. Look for these or similar models.


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.

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Petroleum Jelly

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It's 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.

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