If you’re a person who has thighs that always or just occasionally touch together, then you’ve experienced chub rub at some point in your life. Even if you don’t know it by name, you know it by the feeling: chub rub is when your thighs rub together as you walk, leaving an uncomfortable and painful rash that makes the mere act of moving miserable.
Chub rub can happen at any time, but it happens the most in the summer. The reasoning is obvious: it’s hot, we’re sweating, and that extra moisture is making chafing even worse. Chub rub is nothing to be ashamed of, but like I said, it’s painful! No one wants to deal with it, but unfortunately, it pops up at the worst times.
Fortunately, there are ways to make chub rub disappear – and there are also a few things you can do once you have it to make it more manageable. Want to get rid of chub rub forever? Here are 12 tips to keep your inner thighs happy for the rest of the summer:
Apply BodyglideTons of women (and men) swear by Bodyglide. That's probably because it's anti-chafing stick that is made specifically for stuff like chub rub! It's cheap and pretty easy to find, so you really can't go wrong. Apply this to your inner thighs before you go out for a chaf-free afternoon. Bodyglide The Original Anti-Chafing Stick, $14.99, Drugstore.com
Try Benefit's Dr. FeelGoodIf you'd rather invest in a product that has multiple uses, try Benefit's Dr. FeelGood balm. This multi-purpose beauty balm isn't made for anti-chafing or for chub rub specifically, but I've read a few things about how people use it for just that. Dr. FeelGood is meant to be a balm you put on your face before or after your makeup to give your skin a smooth, silky feeling. This is a great product to use in a pinch. Benefit Dr. FeelGood, $31, Benefit Cosmetics
Try These Special Anti-Chafing ShortsOne of my good friends won't wear a dress or skirt in the summer without wearing shorts underneath. She says it's the only way she can deal with chub rub successfully. If you feel the same way, you might want to consider Undersummers, which are made specifically to prevent chub rub from happening. They have maximum coverage as well as rash protection. They feature a seamless inner thigh, stay put leg, and a signature Stay-Cool fabric. Undersummers were made by a plus-size woman, so you know they work. Lace Shortlette Slip Shorts, $29.99, Undersummers
Wear Biker ShortsIf you don't feel like ordering a special pair of shorts, you can opt for regular biker shorts that you have around the house or that you can purchase at Target. Make sure you opt for a pair that is longer - short biker shorts will just ride up and make you feel even more uncomfortable. I've heard girls swear by these Jockeys, which are light and comfy and come in a lot of different colors. Jockey Skimmies Shorts, $20, Jockey
Wear BandalettesWhile wearing biker shorts under your dress or skirts might mean no chub rub, it can also mean more sweat. When it's super hot outside, the last thing you want to do is add an extra layer to your outfit. Bandelettes offer the comfort of biker shorts without as much of the coverage. I've read great reviews about Bandelettes. They're comfy, they really work, and they look pretty sexy! Black Bandelettes, $15.99, Bandelettes
Use Baby PowderBaby powder helps chafing because it helps with sweat. When you're in a rush or you're in a pinch, put some baby powder on your inner thighs. This works, but it can also be messy. I've also heard that it needs to be reapplied often, so if you're putting on some in the morning for the whole day, expect it to run out - especially if you're super sweaty.
Use Cooking Spray In A PinchSometimes we're in an emergency situation where we don't have biker shorts or deodorant or baby power or anything. In those cases, you can try cooking spray. I know this sounds weird, but Google it - some people swear it works! Cooking spray might not be the first thing you'll reach for when thinking of chub rub, but when you really need something, it'll do! Pam Original Cooking Spray, $3.24, Wal-mart
Buy Lush's Silky Underwear PowderI've heard so many great things about Lush's Silky Underwear Powder. A lot of girls use it on their inner thighs to prevent chub rub or even to soothe the rash if it's already there. This stuff goes on smooth, smells great, and really works. It also has multiple other uses, so it could be something great to buy. Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder, $7.95, Lush
Use Monistat GelIf you're like, "Uh, I don't need to get all fancy here, Jessica, I just want to get rid of an inner thigh rash," then go for this Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. This stuff is made for chafing, so it's perfect for preventing and dealing with chub rub. Use it before you go out to prevent a rash from happening, or use it later on if a rash does happen to soothe it. Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel, $5.99, Drugstore.com
Try DeodorantIf you don't want to buy any other product, reach for your deodorant. Applying this to inner thighs helps reduce stress, which helps with chafing. This is a great tip to know when you're on vacation and need some quick relief. Secret Deodorant, Target
Treat Chub Rub With NeosporinIf you're dealing with a chub rub rash that makes you want to stay in bed for the rest of the week, grab some Neosporin and slather it all over there. Neosporin will soothe and treat the rash, and it's especially important if you get a cut or are bleeding. Neosporin Pain Relieving Ointment, $6.29, Walgreens
Soothe Rashes With Coconut OilOkay, so I've read a few reviews by girls who swear that coconut oil helps prevent chub rub. Honestly, I cannot imagine walking around with coconut oil on my inner thighs and having that feel comfortable. Coconut oil is really oily and I could see it getting all over everything. I would use this instead after a long day of walking to moisturize the area and soothe any rash. Vita Coco Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Tesco
Which of these chub rub tips have you tried? What works best for you? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.