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5 Ways To Stop Thigh Chafing

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at PSU chapter.

The summer season is among us. Translation: it’s time for shorts, skirts and dresses. This means our thighs are about to get up close and personal with each other. Yes, it’s time for the wonderful thing we call thigh chafing.


When I say wonderful, I mean one of the worst parts of wearing shorts and dresses. Those who have never experienced thigh chafing, first of all, lucky you, and second of all, it is a burning feeling caused by your bare, inner thighs rubbing together when walking. It is usually caused by sweating on your inner thighs, so it usually happens in hot weather. It’s definitely an unpleasant experience.


There are different creams that you can use to help thigh chafing, such as Body Glide® and Monistat®. However, thigh chafing happens sometimes out of nowhere and you need to treat it quickly. For example, I was on vacation in Walt Disney World last summer and my thighs started to chafe halfway through the vacation, and I didn’t have Body Glide and Monistat on me at the time.


Here are some things you most likely have at home that will help sudden thigh chafing. If not, here’s where to find them so you’re ready for summer.


Since one of the main functions of deodorant is to stop armpit sweat, it makes sense that it would help thigh sweating too. Since gel deodorant is smoother and more of a lubricant, it helps your thighs to rub together less painfully. You can usually buy this at any drug store or supermarket, but you can also find gel deodorant here.

Baby Powder

Baby powder helps to absorb moisture, so it would help to reduce sweat build up in your inner thighs. You can found baby powder here.

Bicycle Shorts

This makes the most sense if you are wearing a sundress that goes past your inner thighs. With a fabric, you won’t have to worry about the skin on your thighs touching at all. Order your bicycle shorts for the summer right here.


Aquaphor is also a lubricant, so this would help your thighs to rub less painfully like deodorant. Also, Aquaphor is a healing ointment, so it would help to heal already chafed thighs. Aquaphor can be found in small and big containers at most drug store, but you can also buy it here.

Aloe Vera

Most people who are prone to sunburn have used aloe vera. Not only is it a gel (so it is, again, a lubricant), but it also helps the burning sensation you get from thigh chafing. You can find it here.

Happy spring, collegiettes, and keep those thighs free from chafing!

I am a senior majoring in Digital and Print Journalism at Penn State University, so I absolutely love to write. I am originally from Easton, Pennsylvania (no I did not grow up in the Crayola Factory). I love to sing, and I am a huge Kelly Clarkson fan! I literally have every single Kelly Clarkson lyric in the history of ever memorized. On a normal day, you'll most likely find me cuddling with my dogs and watching Disney movies.
Allie Bausinger is a Penn State University graduate who majored in Print/Digital Journalism with a minor in English. She is from "outside Philadelphia," which in her case is Yardley, Pennsylvania. Allie is looking for full-time employment in writing, editing, fact-checking, podcasting, and other areas of the journalism and writing fields.