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Thigh Chafing (AKA ‘Chub Rub’) — What Causes it and How to Prevent it


Plus size or skinny Minnie, thigh chafing doesn’t discriminate with body size. That red rash can strike no matter your weight!

If your thighs touch, chances are they’re going to be abrasive at some point. Because… #touching.

The fact is, those with zero thigh gap (Beyoncé-like thighs) will be no stranger to thigh chafing. Though to be fair, you don’t have to be bootylicious to suffer from thigh chafing (chub rub).

So, what exactly is chub rub?

It’s a little rude, but it’s thigh chafing dubbed as chub rub. Which is silly, because as I’ve already stated – you don’t need any chub to suffer from the rub! Indeed, it’s a funny name for a not-so-laughable ailment – because bloomin’ heck, it stings!

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What causes chub rub?

Thigh chafing happens when your thighs rub against each other as you move. You’ll notice it especially if you move or exercise a lot – gym bunnies or those who walk a fair bit during the day are more likely to notice a bit of a burn in between their upper legs. Plus, heat and chafing go hand in hand, so summer is not your friend if you’re thick thighed, that’s for sure. Sweat exacerbates the condition – A LOT.

Help! How do I deal with chafing thighs?

Preventing thigh chafing is all abot placing a barrier inbetween the skin. There are a few things you can do to prevent feeling the burn.

  1. Wear anti-chafe shorts underneath your clothes. There are specially marketed undergarments out there, but you can achieve the same result by wearing a pair of lycra bike pants, or suck-it-all-in type compression wear. Cotton doesn’t always work, while the fabric wicks the moisture away from the skin, it also holds it. Ugh.
  2. Keep your thighs DRY. Try rubbing in a sprinkle of talcum powder onto your thighs before getting dressed.
  3. Wear light, loose fabrics.
  4. Wet skin is more prone to chafing so be sure to get out of those exercise pants stright after your run or class.
  5. Go the opposite way and lube up! Slick on some Vaseline (or nappy rash cream can work) so there’s more of a silky glide over the skin and less of an abrasive rub happening underneath the hemline.
  6. Use a dry deodorant stick (like Lady Speed Stick) and rub that over your inner thighs. IT JUST WORKS OKAY?

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When it’s all too late and chafe has struck

If it’s too late and you’ve got some serious red-raw thigh action happening, it’s super important to keep the area clean and dry – because OUCH. Use a sensitive body wash and be careful drying your legs after a shower; make it more of a dab, less of a rub. After all, it’s rubbing that you got you in this mess in the first place!

Thigh chafing is no fun for anyone. Stick to a prevention plan and enjoy getting out and about in the warmer weather! Chub rub be gone!

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South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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