Last night I received a post request for dealing with what this person termed “Chub Rub.” I’ve never heard this phrase, and I found it hilarious yet important. So, with that, here is the 2FNS guide to dealing with The Dreaded Chub Rub! (a.k.a. chafing)
What it is:
Chafing is caused by friction, or repetitive agitation resulting from skin rubbing against loose clothes or other skin. Exercise compounds this issue because friction on a wet or moist surface (sweat!) makes the issue worse. Think of sandpaper. As you rub sandpaper against wood, the surface is buffed down and sawdust appears. Your skin is effected the same way. The outer layer is rubbed down, causing a rash.
Ways to stop it:
Simple steps can be taken to help combat Chub Rub. The first and foremost precaution is to ditch any cotton exercise clothes you use. Cotton doesn’t wick away moisture effectively and the clothes are often loose fitting. Generally they have decent-sized seams too, as they aren’t designed for athletes, and those can hurt if they rub you the wrong way. I’ve heard really good things about Underarmour undergarments that provide a tight fit that doesn’t allow the skin to rub against itself and become irritated.
Alternatively, I personally use a product called BodyGlide. BodyGlide is a lubricant that helps prevent skin irritation. What I like about it is it’s a non-petroleum-based solution, so it doesn’t create quite the same mess as other products. Think of it like a fancy deodorant (which is exactly what it looks like). I would suggest going this route first, as it is a pretty cheap solution and is easy to apply. If it works, then you don’t have to spend much money at all.
Chafing is actually pretty similar to blisters, and they are prevented in pretty similar ways: prevent friction. I want to stress the importance of treating these conditions seriously, because if you leave them to their own devices, you can escalate the problem into infection.
Chub Rub . . . that is a pretty hilarious term and an excellent topic for discussion.