What is Chafing and How to Prevent It

CHAFING

WHAT IS SKIN CHAFING?

Chafing is a skin irritation that can occur anywhere on the body, including the inner thighs, groin, buttocks, underarms and even on nipples. Skin chafing can range from annoying to an extremely painful burning sensation, and is usually the result of skin rubbing against skin or skin rubbing against cloth. Anyone can be prone to skin chafing, but especially people who exercise or are overweight. Chafing usually causes rash-like redness and/or bumps.

 

CAUSES OF SKIN CHAFING

Chafing is caused by friction — skin rubbing against skin, or skin rubbing on clothing or other material. Skin chafing can be made worse by sweat, which forms salt crystals on the skin increasing friction. This is why people who exercise – especially in sports such as running, walking and cycling – are more likely to experience skin chafing. Coarse materials that don’t breathe well and don’t have sweat-wicking technology can also cause friction and increase the occurrence of chafing, as well as wet or dirty clothing.

 

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