6 Best Products to Prevent and Treat Chafing in 2018

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 and races much more comfortable and pain-free. Try some of these products to help prevent and treat chafing caused by running.


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.


2Toms SportShield Liquid Roll-On

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.


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.


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. Travel-size tubes of Aquaphor are 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.


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 windburn 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.


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 and it should clear up in about a day.


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