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Top Chafing Prevention Products


Updated June 18, 2014

If you have ever experienced chafing you know how it can end your walk. You chafe wherever sweat and skin meet - most often the underarms, chest, crotch, thighs or nipples. There are simple solutions.

1. SportShield Silicone Liquid Roll-On

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This silicone-based roll-on provides long lasting lubrication to prevent blisters and chafing. It is odorless and non-greasy. I use it to prevent underarm chafing, as well as on my toes to prevent blisters. It also comes in towelette packets.

2. BodyGlide

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BodyGlide is a no-petroleum stick that goes on like a deodorant stick. I use it to prevent chafing. It won't stain your clothing. It comes in regular and a version that includes sunscreen. It's also good for preventing blisters on your feet. You can even find mini-versions that are easy to take along in your pack.

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3. überlube

This medical-grade silicone lubricant is both stylish and convenient. It is completely odorless and non-staining. It will prevent chafing for as long as four sweaty hours. I used it for a half marathon and only chafed in the spot where I stupidly forgot to apply it. That was proof it worked for my underarms and upper thighs. You can get it in a travel-ready 15-ml refillable container as well as the at-home 50 and 100 ml sizes. They also tout is as an intimate lubricant and to use to keep your hair from frizzing.

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4. Mission 5 Hour Anti-Chafe Cream or Stick

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This is a silicone-based cream or stick you can apply wherever you might experience chafing. The manufacturer says it stays in place longer than wax-based anti-chafing products as it has a higher melting point. It is almost unscented, which is important for those of us allergic to perfumes and scents. I detect a slight herbal note only.

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5. Squeaky Cheeks Performance Powder

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This anti-chafing powder stays in place all day and has a pleasant minty scent. You can get it in convenient single-use packets.

6. Gold Bond Friction Defense

Gold Bond Friction Defense
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This stick goes on like deodorant. I love that it is unscented, as I am allergic to many scents. You can use it wherever you are bound to chafe, and use it on your feet to prevent blisters. It contains aloe vera to moisturize. I found it to be a little sticky to the touch after you put it on. It worked well to prevent under-bra chafing, but I prefer to use the SportShield silicone roll-on for my underarms.

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7. SkinStrong Slik

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This spray-on anti-chafing preparation can be very handy for those hard-to-reach areas. Also, it seems more hygienic than rub-on sticks, especially if you share it with your walking partner! Skin Strong mentions that it is a good choice for under your heart rate monitor chest band, which is a prime spot for chafing. The product is scented but it didn't trigger my allergies. Skin Strong also makes Slather cream and Slik Dust, a powdered silicone product.

8. SportSlick

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This easy to apply gel combines silicone, polymers, and petrolatum for long lasting waterproof lubrication. It includes aloe, antioxidant vitamins E and C, natural plant extracts, Tolnaftate antifungal agent and Triclosan antibacterial agent. A drawback for me is that it is scented and I'm allergic to the scent.

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9. Compression Shorts

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Spandex sports shorts are the best way to prevent thigh and crotch chafing.These spandex and nylon shorts will keep your thighs from rubbing together to produce chafing. Look for these or similar models.
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10. Luvees

If thigh chafing is your problem and you want a solution you can wear under all clothing, including your work outfits and dresses, Luvees are a great solution. You can choose from a thigh coverall or a panty coverall designed to prevent thigh chafing.

11. NipGuards

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Men and bra-less women soon discover that nipples are a prime target for chafing. Some try lubricants or bandages. But this item is specially designed to fit over nipples and provide the needed protection.

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12. Petroleum Jelly

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It's cheap and you probably have a jar of it in your medicine cabinet. For many people, it works great against chafing. But it can be hard to wash out of your clothes.

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How to Prevent Chafing

More tips on how to prevent chafing and what areas of your body you need to protect.
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