When are you jogging, have you ever ‘run’ into the problem of chafing? This skin-irritating issue is caused by repeated motion and leaves a painful stinging or burning sensation on the skin. Sound familiar? This problem isn’t fun, but it is preventable.
It is first important to understand how chafing occurs. It usually happens when skin rubs against loose clothing or another part of the skin, and moisture (from sweat or rain) makes it worse. Common places for chafing include the bra line for women, nipples for men, inner thighs and under the arms.
Running clothes made out of synthetic materials that wick moisture will prevent chafing. When cotton clothing gets wet it will stay wet, whereas the synthetic material will keep the moisture at bay. An ill-fitted sports bra can also cause chafing, so make sure your bra protects your tatas and your skin!
You can also protect yourself with certain products. Before a run, spread a layer of BodyGlide, which is made for chafing, or Vaseline, on certain areas of the skin to prevent it. If your skin is rubbed raw from chafing, try a skin-soothing product like Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm.