Chafing usually results from friction between your skin and some external force - your clothing, sports equipment, or the elements. It can occur anywhere on your body, but the thighs, underarms, groin area, under breast area and nipples are typically the most vulnerable spots. Runners often experience chafing, especially in hot weather because of excess sweat. Moist skin is more prone to chafing. Salt crystals form when sweat evaporates, resulting in a gritty texture that can cause more friction and discomfort. Although hot weather is high-risk for chafing, you can also chafe in dry or cold weather.
How to prevent:
- Avoid staying in wet or sweaty clothes
- Before exercising, apply a layer Formula 2 Skin Care Cream as a powerful barrier cream in areas that are prone to chafing to lubricate the skin
- Choose your clothes wisely.
- Avoid exercising in cotton
- If you are a cyclist, wearing compression shorts or tights may help reduce chafing on the thighs
- Wear proper-fitting clothes
How to treat:
- Clean the skin with water and antibacterial soap
- Pat (do not rub) your skin dry
- Apply Formula 2 Skin Care Cream to the affected areas to soothe the dry, irritated, swollen, and/or bleeding skin
- This will protect and moisturize the chafed skin
- Wear clothes that will not irritate or rub on the area
If there are any signs of a skin infection developing and the skin is not healing, consult with your healthcare provider. The signs of skin infections may include blood or puss oozing from chafed area, an open wound that has not scabbed over after a few days and/or swelling.
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