How to avoid chafing between your legs

How to avoid chafing between your legs

You may experience this problem when it's hot or when you're physically active. Chafing on the inner thigh occurs and causes stinging and discomfort. At times, it may take up more of your attention than it really should.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid chafing between the legs. It doesn't have to stop you going bare-legged during the summer or from going for a run - luckily there are other solutions. In the coming sections, we'll help you get rid of chafing.

3 tricks to avoid chafing between the legs

If you love wearing a dress and skirt in the summer or are generally very active, here are our best tips for avoiding chafing between your legs.

Other tips to avoid chafing


If you're going to the beach or it's really hot, you might not want to wear more clothes than you really need. Instead, apply a cream to protect your skin from friction irritation. You can prevent chafing sores with a chafing cream. Just remember to apply it to the vulnerable area before heading out into the summer weather.


Another alternative to inner shorts and shapewear is vaseline. It is not absorbed by the skin and acts as a protective layer on vulnerable skin. Vaseline is then especially useful in the summer heat and during activity, when the moisture and heat make the skin more sensitive.

If the damage is done – what you can do about chafing abrasions and sores

Of course, it's best to prevent chafing from happening, but if you've already got chafing burns between your legs, there's help for that too.

First of all, try to avoid long walks so that the skin on your inner thighs has a chance to calm down and heal again. If you're near a beach, you can treat your chafing by going for a swim. The salt water has a healing effect and also cools irritated skin.

If you are not near water, the treatment for your abrasions can consist of an ordinary zinc ointment. It’s mild and acts as a protective layer on the damaged skin. It gives the skin time to heal and find its natural balance again.

We've previously talked about inner shorts, shapewear and running tights in relation to preventing chafing. Of course, it's worth mentioning that they're also ideal for preventing chafing sores from getting worse. They effectively keep the vulnerable area protected, preventing further irritation to your thighs, and helping you get rid of chafing sores faster.

Why does chafing happen?

It's a particular problem when it's hot and you're physically active. Sweat is produced, which releases salt onto your skin. Combined with the moisture and heat, this can especially result in irritated skin on the inner thighs when your thighs rub together. When this friction occurs, it can eventually feel like the skin is being rubbed with sandpaper.

Chafing sores most often occur in the more delicate areas where your skin is thin, such as between your thighs and buttocks. Of course, the irritation is not helped by the fact that this is an area where there are often many hair follicles and ingrown hairs. Chafing starts as abrasions, but if you don't act on them, they can develop into full-blown sores.

Enjoy the summer!

Whether you experience thigh chafing when walking or running, of course it shouldn't be something that overshadows your summer. With the advice above, you can have a great summer without having to worry about chafing.