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CHAFING AND HOW TO GET RID OF IT

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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.

CLEANSE WITH CARE

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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CALM IT WITH OINTMENTS

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.

PROTECT THE AREA

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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HOME REMEDIES

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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