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Running Away from Chafe: The Top Ways to Prevent Chafing When Running or Walking

Chafing. Burning thighs.

Pure and utter discomfort entirely too close to other important areas. Chafing doesn't just happen on the thighs though. Chafing plague the armpits, groin area, and more.

What can you do about chafing? Who suffers from it the most?

While most people think about the thighs when they think of chafing there are other areas like the armpits and groin area. If you experience chafing in certain areas it can actually be a sign of serious medical conditions.

Chafing can stop you from doing things you love like going for walks or runs, biking or other physical activities. Continue reading this article to learn how to stop chafing and get your groove back.

Chafing Chafing Go Away

While we may all wish that chanting would chase the chafe away, that isn't going to happen. We've got to get creative so we don't start a fire with our lack of thigh gap or have to walk like a penguin because our armpits hurt to touch our bodies.

Use the following tips to get the relief you crave.


Lack of hydration can cause big problems and one of the problems it causes is skin irritation. The reason lack of hydration causes problems is because the liquid goes away and salt crystals are left to cause chafing.

Whether you're on an intense run like some of our SNB athletes or if you're taking a stroll with the dog, you can still work up a sweat. Staying hydrated will help you keep from experiencing the chafe so keep the water handy.

Stay Dry

Do everything you can to stay dry and avoid chafing. You can use powder or starch that helps with keeping your chafe-prone regions from chafing. If your skin is sensitive, stay away from powders or starches that have scents. 

Use Lubrication

Lubricating the area is by far the most successful way to decrease and even erase chafing. Imagine a beautiful run without having to worry about dealing with the pain of chafing midway through.

Using an anti-chafing salve is the easiest way to stop the chafe and get on with your life.

Choose the Right Clothing

You might notice you chafe more than usual when you wear certain clothing. This extra chafing is not a coincidence and there are certain types of clothing that help you stay away from the pain of chafing.

One solution that is designed specifically for those dealing with chafing is moisture-wicking mesh. You can find these in various products, but the one most people use are worn over the underwear and under the rest of your clothing. It helps move moisture away from the problem area.

Fabrics without exposed seams are also important. If you have a seem that continues to rub you in a certain area, that is going to cause irritation which can then lead to chafing. Light and airy clothing will allow you to get more air to the places that are chafing so reduce the tightness of your pants and other clothing and let the air in.

How to Recover from Chafing

Let's say that you're already dealing with chafing. How do you recover from chafing? This condition is painful and can cause problems with walking, sitting, turning and other things you want to do in your daily life.

If you are in a new relationship, chafing can cause problems. You don't want to tell them about your chafing issue but you don't want to push them away. There is help. 

When you use one of our salves, they help you bring your skin back from the chafing episode. You may normally be very safe and make sure that you're prepared with powders to keep from chafing and the right clothing. All it takes is one good walk in the heat without your chafe defense and you're in pain.

Act Quickly

When you're walking, running, working out or some other activity that causes you to chafe, as soon as you feel the chafing coming on, you need to act. Clean the area using soap and water and pat dry. You need to bandage the area immediately.

If you have to keep going, you can use one of our anti-chafe products, but you should stop and take care of the issue as soon as possible. Check to see if your garments are too tight or twisted, so they don't rub and irritate the chafed area.

When you feel chafing coming on, if you're able to change the activity even slightly, you may be able to keep chafing at bay. Let's say you're walking on a treadmill at the gym, instead of walking the treadmill, could you ride the bike instead?

You're still getting the physical exercise you need, but since the actions are very different in how you're moving your body, you may save yourself from chafing.

Chafing Is Like an Open Wound

While you don't want to be overdramatic, chafing is like an open wound. You need to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't get worse. Most of the time, you're going to be able to easily treat it, it will scab over and the scab will fall off in a couple of days.

The only time you need to see a doctor is if the chafing isn't going away and it looks like there is an infection. If the area you're experiencing chafing in is infected, you need to speak to a doctor about the best course of action.

The best thing to do is to avoid chafing altogether, so it doesn't escalate to a doctor situation.

Never Deal with Chafing Again

If you are tired of chafing issues, we understand. We help people just like you through our all natural anti-chafe products. You can also see our other products that help you as you're restoring your skin.

Your skin is your largest organ and the first thing people notice when they see you. Taking care of painful problems will allow you to look and feel good in your own skin. Check out our anti-chafe products today.

Get To Know Us! by Sarah Cotton

Get To Know Us! by Sarah Cotton

Squirrel’s Nut Butter is often mistaken for the kind of nut butter you can eat. While, technically, you CAN eat our product (it’s all natural and won’t harm you!), we don’t recommend it - it doesn’t taste very good. We are more in the business of making body butters. So, while we’re here clearing things up, we decided we might as well take a deeper look into what (and who) is behind this company! 

I started helping out at Squirrel’s several months ago, and I’ve been lucky to share the office with some great people, all of whom wear many, many hats and keep the company moving forward. For the purpose of this blog, and sharing the story of SNB with you all, I started by chatting with the owner of the company, Chris Thornley. Naturally, we first chat about the origin of the company… 

“My wonderful, beautiful wife Stacy created the original blend for our daughter’s eczema. There was nothing on the market that was giving her relief, so she was goofing around in the kitchen using natural ingredients, and came up with something similar to our original blend now.” Now, assuming Thornley’s daughter’s nickname isn’t Squirrel, I wonder where the name came from. Chris explains, “I used to own a tree service, and my climber’s nickname is Squirrel. We gave him some product to give to his partner to use on her dry skin, and ol’ Squirrel decided to use it as a chamois butter, went mountain biking, and said, this stuff is the bomb diggity. So we thought, huh, that’s kind of cool.” Next thing they knew, Chris and Stacy had an incredible, all-natural anti-chafe product on their hands. 

The product was first put to the test in 2015. Matt Keys used it during his 9th year running Western States, and was thrilled that he endured the least amount of chafing he had had, ever. Chris and Stacy knew they were really on to something. They were making the product out of their kitchen at the time, and began sponsoring ultra races in order to get more people to try it and make sure it was really something that ultra runners wanted to use. “We also wanted to make sure that people appreciated the fact that we were using all-natural ingredients,” Chris says, “…it turns out they really do care, and that they are aware of all the crazy ingredients that are common in so many skin products.” 

The original blend consisted of cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E. At the time, it also had almond oil and sweet orange oil. Unfortunately for our noses, the essential oils had to be nixed, as Chris and Stacy wanted to avoid flaring up anybody’s common allergies in the middle of a race. 

“In the beginning there was no brand awareness, so we were knocking on a lot of doors that weren’t opening for us.” Chris decided instead to focus on the community, and gained several ambassadors who supported the brand - Mike Wardian, Jim Walmsley, and Pete Kostelnick. “We wanted to just show the community that there is a face behind our brand, and then doors began opening without us knocking on them, including REI, our first big account, which was absolutely crazy!” 

Chris attributes much of the company’s success to the SNB community on social media. As it’s become the main driving factor for global awareness of the brand, and Squirrel’s has been able to target major international races like Western States, the brand awareness around the globe is growing quite quickly. “Those two components,”  Chris explains, “…specific international races and then doing the right thing on social media, people talk about you. And then if you do the wrong thing, people talk about you too, so we’re doing the right thing, and we feel very fortunate.” 

On top of this, the community of ambassadors (shoutout to all of you!) helps share the brand’s excitement and purpose on a more intimate level. We are fortunate to have people support the brand across the entire board - from dedicated runners and racers in their respective communities, to elite ultra runners standing on podium after podium. 

“Everybody has skin,” Chris says, “and your skin is your largest organ, so you must take care of it, whether you’re young, or you’re old, runner, or not.” Chris and the team look forward to entering some new markets soon, with two new lines having just come out — Sariah Rose, named after Chris' daughter, and The Naked Greek Body Butter, specially designed for Greek-American ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes.

Extended version of Slicks Tips with Catra Corbett

Extended version of Slicks Tips with Catra Corbett

As a carry on from our Instagram snippet here is the full answer from ultra running star Carta Carbett. Another cool bit of info if you weren't aware Cartra and Truman are the brains behind the Vegan SNB.

The question asked was "why do you love running and how important is good nutrition for you"