pbakwin wrote:colokeith wrote:pbakwin wrote:Chafing & blisters are usually the result of dehydration. First make sure you are staying well hydrated.
I would disagree. Chafing and blisters are primarily caused by friction (improper clothes, bunches in socks, ill fitting shoes). Sweat / moisture is the second major component.
Dehydrated skin may contribute, but it has to be way down the list, and is probably due to needing to use a moisturizer, not drinking more water.
Do you have a source or any scientific backing for why you think deydration is the primary cause of blisters and chafing? Not trying to start an argument and jack the thread I have just never heard this claim.
No proof, just thousands of hours of personal experience & that related by others. This is well
known in the ultrarunning community. Yes, poor fit, bad fabrics, sweat & humidity, grime, etc.,
are all factors, but if the elasticity of your skin is compromised by dehydration you are much
more likely to have problems. Countless times I've started to feel chafing or a hot-spot, boosted
my hydration, and the problem went away with no other action taken.
So how would this account for chaffing in just 1 particular spot? i.e. I speculate that has to do with my fat thighs (sorry for the visual) rubbing against one another and nothing more. Otherwise I don't really suffer from this issue.