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How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby Andymcp1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:23 pm

I need some advice from you dudes on how to prevent chafing on long hikes and runs? It seems even when using compression shorts/ tights my thighs get chaffed from the friction. Is there anyone else who has had this problem and found a good solution?
Any advice would help, as I am sick of doing the penguin walk back to my car after a long day!

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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby BenfromtheEast » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:38 pm

Gold Bond powder. Reapply as needed. They even make a mini bottle. It's like a thousand tiny angels dancing on your you-know-what. Green bottle is Five Thousand Angel Power.

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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby colokeith » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:41 pm

I use body glide on my nips and thighs on long runs (soo sexy right). seems to work well
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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby pbakwin » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:55 pm

Chafing & blisters are usually the result of dehydration. First make sure you are staying well hydrated.

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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby SummitKathy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:59 pm

I usually only experience this in triathlons (from wetsuit). I find body glide works really well for me.
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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby colokeith » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:05 pm

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.
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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby Derek » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:08 pm

colokeith wrote:I use body glide on my nips and thighs on long runs (soo sexy right). seems to work well


I love my body glide. Works nicely.
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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby J-RockandRockpile » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:21 pm

+1 million for Body Glide. Gave it a shot once and haven't looked back since. I believe its is $6-8 at REI. Comes in a package similar to that of a little deodorant stick. Money well spent.
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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby Andymcp1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:54 pm

I will have to check out body glide. Thanks for the advice!
I have to agree with Keith that chafing/ blisters are caused primarily by friction and not dehydration. Granted if one is truly dehydrated and exercising the skin my loose some of its blood flow causing expedited breakdown. However, I feel the cause in general is by having moist/ wet clothes rubbing on the skin for a prolonged period of time.

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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby DaveSwink » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:46 pm

I have not experienced chafing while running/hiking but for some reason snowshoeing and especially X country skiing caused serious problems. Body Glide was the fix for me. It now sits with my ski gear in the closet, awaiting snow.

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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby geojed » Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:47 pm

Compression shorts have always worked for me. Never needed to go the Body Glide route. I did try Body Glide on my nips once (for workouts) but it stained my workout shirt, and the stain never came out! :wft: #-o Had to throw that shirt away....
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Re: How to Prevent Chafing?

Postby pbakwin » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:11 pm

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.

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