Can I Use Deodorant for Thigh Chafing?

By Mali Anderson in Healthy Feeling

If you're wondering if you can use deodorant for thigh chafing, you're not alone. While the summer months are the perfect time to break out your shorts, skirts, and dresses, mixing bare thighs with hot weather can lead to irritation, discomfort, and a visible red rash. But there are steps you can take to avoid these symptoms and get back to summer fun.

What Is Thigh Chafing?

Anywhere that your skin meets skin or that your clothing creates friction can result in chafing, and the sweat that your body produces in warm weather can exacerbate the problem. Whether you're wearing a summer dress while taking a warm-weather walk with friends or meeting your running club to train for a 5k or half-marathon, you may end up with rashes and redness at the end of the day.

Thankfully, you can prevent chafing with a bit of advance planning. For example, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying petroleum jelly to areas of the body prone to chafing, such as thighs and feet. But if you don't have petroleum jelly on hand, or you're hoping for a less sticky alternative, what else can you use to reduce friction?

Smiling woman running on the beach

Does Deodorant Help with Thigh Chafing?

Look no further than your bathroom cabinet. Your trusted deodorant stick can also help to avert that dreaded thigh rub burn! Simply apply a layer of your favorite deodorant in the areas where your thighs have rubbed together in the past, causing you irritation after a long day of activity in the summer sun. Prioritize products like Tom's of Maine Original Care Deodorant to stay away from harsh chemicals and other ingredients that can bother sensitive areas of the body.

Tips for Recovery

When it comes to preventing thigh chafing, thinking ahead is key. But what can you do if your skin is already irritated? Follow these steps to help promote a speedy recovery:

  • Gently wash your skin with a mild cleanser.
  • Delicately pat the area dry and apply a fragrance-free moisturizer.
  • Opt for breathable clothes that cover the area while your skin heals.

Your skin should improve in a few days. If the affected area becomes increasingly inflamed or cracked, connect with your doctor.

The legs of runners wearing summer shorts.

Whether you've just healed up from a long day at the beach or are trying to avoid irritation in the first place, consider deodorant for thigh chafing the next time you head out to enjoy warm weather with bare legs. The deodorant stick that's sitting on your bathroom shelf could be the simple solution you've been seeking all along.

While you're at it, don't forget to slather on sunscreen! You can even learn how to make your own sunscreen recipe at home.

Are you interested in the many ways to use products with natural ingredients? Check out more ideas on the Naturally Good Products board from @tomsofmaine on Pinterest.

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