I was inspired to write this post after a miserable experience in a maxi a couple of weeks ago. It was 95 degrees, it felt like over a 100 degrees with the humidity, and for some reason I decide to wear a maxi dress. It was incredible uncomfortable since I was out the entire day. This is why I stick to my beloved pants…chub rub aka thigh chafing!
The most interesting thing about chub rub (I love that nickname) is that it doesn’t matter how small or large you are. It just depends on your body type/shape. Even when I was 2 to 3 sizes smaller I had the same issue. I have never seen a “thigh gap” no matter how hard I work out (I remember being called thunder thighs in high school). So I decided to do some online research, sources below, on how people handle this. I read some pretty interesting solutions, but one thing I know is I’ll never wear shape wear, it’s to itchy and I don’t like anything sucking me in. Also, I refuse to wear anything that will make me hot, because really what’s the point. So what did I find…take a look and let me know what your solutions are.
Cream and Lotion Solutions
I swear, this must be like the catnip for people with thigh chafing. Almost all of the blogs I went to mentioned this stuff (women and men). If you want to forgo the clothing solution this might be for you. They say it will last all day without having to reapply. I’ve never tried it, but I might the next time. Also, people have mentioned that it doubles as a face primer…weird, but every where I went people mentioned that.
I think a lot of runners use this. You have to reapply it every couple of hours according to bloggers. They even have one that works in water for swimmers.
Also, some people mentioned these cream/balm solutions:
- Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel (one blogger recommended over body glide and NEAT 3b; you will need to reapply)
- TRISLIDE Anti-Chafe Continuous Spray Skin Lubricant
- NEAT 3B Action Cream (you will need to reapply)
- Band-Aid friction block stick
- Secret Shield (handmade; hot seller on Etsy)
- 2Toms Sportshield
- Shea butter
Here are some powder options:
- Silky Underwear Dusting Powder by LUSH
- Monkey Butt (a friend gifted this to me; it works, but on for a few hours)
- Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder
- Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder
Another short alternative:
Jockey® Skimmies Slipshort
*These look really cute. I might give them a try.*
Size: You measure the part of your thigh that chafes and then order the size that correlates.
Petti Pants or Bloomers
No one mentioned a specific brand, but they can be found on Amazon, Etsy, and just about any major department store in a variety of styles and colors. People mentioned they would primarily wear them with vintage or long dresses depending on the length of the petti pant.
Lastly, a blog commenter mentioned the following solution if you do end up with thigh chafing: Lucas’ Papaw Ointment.