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OUCH! PREVENT AND HEAL CHAFING

Running is both your skin’s best friend and its worst enemy. Skin rubbing on skin, or coming in contact with loose clothing, can lead to rashes and even infection. Chafing is most common under upper arms, beneath breasts, between thighs, or on nipples. Moisture, from sweat or a rain-soaked run, just makes it worse. Be smart and save your epidermis from chafing!



If you are an exercise enthusiast, avid runner, or athlete, you may have experienced skin chafing, the annoying and often painful result of skin rubbing against skin or clothing. Chafing can occur anywhere on your body, but the thighs, groin, underarms, and nipples are particularly vulnerable. 

 

Prevention is the best technique for dealing with chafing – tackle the problem before it can even happen. In order to prevent skin chafing, you must decrease the amount of friction to your skin. One of the best ways to help prevent chafing is to wear proper-fitting, moisture-wicking clothes, such as those made with synthetic fibers, known as ‘dry-fit’, etc. Do not exercise in cotton. Wet conditions make chafing worse. 

 

Before heading out for a long run or a challenging excersise, try lubrication. A bit of lubricant can help reduce friction to the skin. Apply a salve to hot spots that will help your arms and thighs glide past each other, rather than pulling or rubbing the skin. 

In the worst case, when chafing already happened, it should be treated to prevent infection and inflammation, so don’t ignore it. Gently clean the chafed area with water and dry it thoroughly. After cleaning the area, apply a salve that helps seal in moisture with a strong, protective barrier. 

 

It is a good idea to give your chafed skin time to heal and prevent further chafing. You should always seek advice from your doctor if conditions get worse and you have concerns about your skin. 

 

VACA CARE restorative HEAL ALL skin salve can protect, heal, and treat your skin. It is small and lightweight, an essential in every sports addicts gear sack.

 

 

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Zsuzsanna Padar

A multipotentialite with many superpowers like holistic healthcare, nutrition, professional cooking, photography, natural bulding materials, environment protection, gardening, arts, travelling the world, I embrace and teach spiritual practice, excercise, food and mind connection, importance of healthy and nurturing relationships, virtues of wisdom and openmindedness. I encourage simple and natural living. I also create functional skin care that embraces sustainable wellness.