Chafing is damage to the skin caused by repetitive rubbing. A chafed area is basically a painful, bleeding scratch mark where your sweaty, salty skin has rubbed against your clothing or even against itself. The chafed area will be red, raw, and tender.
When you sweat, the moist skin is more prone to damage. Salt crystals form when sweat evaporates, adding grit that can cause more friction and chafing. Hot weather is a high-risk time for chafing due to sweating, but you can also chafe in cold or dry weather.
If you have any rolls of fat or sagging skin you may experience chafing in the folds where it is moist and skin rubs on skin. You can get extra friction in those areas when you exercise due to repetitive motion, leading to chafing. However, you can be toned and trim and still need to take measures to prevent chafing.
The armpits are a prime area for chafing due to your sweat glands.
Men are especially prone to groin chafing, but it can affect women as well. Take these steps:
Use these steps to prevent painful chafing:
If you have experienced chafed thighs, use the prevention tactics in these ways:
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