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Chafing And How To Get Rid Of It

Despite taking precautionary measures against chafing, sometimes it just happens - and there is nothing we can do about it. Unfortunately, people with sensitive skin have an increased risk of chafing. This should not be a reason to stay off the saddle. Here are some tips to get rid of chafing, so you can get back on the saddle in no time.


Wash inflamed areas with a gentle body wash or plain lukewarm water to soothe the irritation and prevent fungal growth/ infection of the skin. Gently, pat the area dry, don’t rub, and try to let the inflamed skin air out for a few moments to completely remove all moisture.

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Treat chafed skin twice a day with a zinc-oxide based ointment (often used in diaper rash products) or a balm, to soothe the abrasion and restore damaged skin. If you need something stronger for a one-time incident, try applying a typical over-the-counter corticosteroid twice a day for three days, then taper off and quit before the two-week mark. Corticosteroids are strong and can cause skin thinning/ spider veins and should not be used for more than two weeks at a stretch.


Wear breathable, comfortable clothing that does not further irritate the chafed skin. If required, use soft gauze to keep the damaged skin covered - based on where you are affected. Avoid wearing tight clothing that is prone to friction against your skin.

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If you are looking for a natural approach to healing chaffed skin, try the following home remedies to heal chafed skin while preventing infection:

  • Aloe Vera Gel - Apply pure Aloe Vera gel to the affected area. A thin layer should do the trick. Aloe vera speeds up the healing of skin wounds, which explains its efficiency in treating chafing. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory property of aloe aids the healing.
  • Olive Oil - Apply a thin coating of Olive Oil to the affected skin after showering and completely drying the affected skin. Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant that speeds up the healing of the affected area with its protective and healing properties.
  • Vaseline - Useful to prevent or cure chafing, Vaseline keeps your skin well moisturized. It also forms a protective layer on the skin and prevents further infection in the affected area.
  • Coconut Oil - Apply a thin layer of Coconut Oil to the affected area after a shower or 30 minutes before a shower (if you don’t like the feeling of coconut oil on your skin!). The medium-chain fatty acids in Coconut Oil keep your skin lubricated and relieve inflammation and swelling.
  • An Epsom Salt Soak - If you can soak the affected area comfortably in a tub of water, mix ¼ cup of epsom salt in warm water and soak the affected area. If you have access to a bathtub, dissolve 1 cup of epsom salt in the bathtub and soak in it. Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, which reduces inflammation and treats the symptoms of chafing .

  • Conclusion

    While chafing is not tough to heal, it can be uncomfortable, and prevention goes a long way. It can be prevented by following a healthy diet rich in all the essential nutrients, avoiding excessive sweating, using enough chamois cream on chafing-prone areas, wearing suitable apparel when on a ride and getting out of sweaty clothes as soon as possible after a ride. Chafing can be easily managed and should not be a reason to keep you off your saddle for long!


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