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Chafing 101: 5 Effective Ways to Apply Chafing Cream for New Runners

Chafing 101: 5 Effective Ways to Apply Chafing Cream for New Runners

You've done it. You've signed up for your first 10k. You've bought new shoes and you're ready to roll.

Something you might not have thought about? Chafing. There's nothing worse than being out on a run and feeling that burning sensation on a hot summer day.

When you run, body parts can rub together or against clothing. It causes friction, which wears away your skin. This is the dreadful chafing.

Runners are prone to chafing due to the repetitive movements. The extra moisture from sweat certainly doesn't help. The salt from your sweat aggravates the skin. It acts a little like sandpaper, wearing down the skin painfully.

Worried it might happen to you? Don't worry, we have you covered with five effective ways to apply chafing cream.

1. Lube Your Thighs

One of the most common places of chafing is the thighs. Your clothing rubs against your skin and irritates it. If you are wearing shorter shorts, your thighs can rub together.

Applying Chafing Cream to Your Thighs

Liberally apply chafing cream to your inner thighs before you start your run.  Also, consider your running clothes. If your pants or shorts have an inner thigh seam, that could be the culprit.

Combine stretchy athletic clothing with a heavy coating of chafing cream. Your thighs will be set for your big run.

2. Protect Your Groin

That's right, your groin can suffer from chafing as well. As with thigh chafing, you could experience it either skin against skin or skin against clothing.

Applying Chafing Cream to Your Groin

Apply your chafing cream liberally before you start your run. Notice where the seams of your clothing are. Do they hit near your groin? If so, pay special attention to that area when you apply your cream.

3. Note Your Nipples

Women are usually protected from nipple chafing thanks to sports bras. They provide a barrier to prevent it from happening. That being said, a sports bra can cause chafing in other areas.

Since men don't typically wear sports bras, nipple chafing is actually pretty common and painful. This is especially true when sweat touches the irritated skin. It can even hurt during an after-run shower and in extreme cases, runners might even bleed from nipple chafing.

Applying Chafing Cream to Your Nipples

A common prevention method is to place bandages over your nipples. You can even find some that are designed specifically for the area.

It might be even more effective to use your anti-chafing cream liberally over your nipples. Make sure you coat them before you go on your run to keep them from rubbing painfully against your shirt.

4. Oil Up Your Armpits

There are two reasons you might experience armpit chafing: skin-to-skin rubbing and shirt abrasion. If you shave your armpits, you might even be more prone to chafing. This is because your shirt might rub against hair stubble, irritating the skin.

Applying Chafing Cream to Your Armpits

Before you apply any cream, make sure you have a properly fitted shirt. You want one that doesn't have a seam in an uncomfortable position. It should also be made out of breathable material. Apply the chafing cream under your arms the same way you would with deodorant.

5. Do You Have a Heart Rate Monitor?

Some runners wear a monitor to keep track of their heart rate. Sometimes, the monitor's strap can cause chafing around your chest or back.

Applying Chafing Cream to Your Monitor

To prevent chafing for this area, lube up the strap itself. Don't worry about damaging it. They're made to resist moisture in the case of sweat or rain. A little bit of chafing cream won't hurt it.

Dealing With Chafing

If you're already suffering from chafing in any area, don't worry. You don't have to suffer for long. Here are some tips for taking care of your skin.

No Rubbing

If you find your skin rubbing too much during your run, find the cause and try to fix the problem. Dry the area the best you can and apply more chafing cream. If you're able to change clothes, that can help, too.


Hop into the shower the second you get home. This will take care of any dried sweat from your run. Make sure you use lukewarm water. It will burn in the shower, but lowering the temperature will help. When you're done, pat the chafed area dry. Don't rub it with a towel.

Treat it Like a Burn

Treat the chafed area like a minor burn. Care for it with cream and loosely cover the area with medical gauze. It will keep it from rubbing.

Take a Few Days Off

If you have a chafed area, your body will need to rest. Take some time off for it to heal, especially from running.

Get Medical Help

If your chafing is extremely painful, you might need to see a doctor. Don't wait on this if it's extra swollen or bloody. It could turn into an even more painful skin infection.

Allow the infection plenty of time to heal, and try to use chafing cream to protect the area the next time you go for a run.


Are You Looking for Chafing Cream?

Chafing cream can help to minimize painful chafing or even prevent it altogether. You need to be sure you're using a good quality cream for the best results. 

If you're looking for the right chafing cream, then we're here to help. Our all-natural anti-chafing salves protect your skin from damage like chafing and blisters, and repair and restore dry or damaged skin. Our sticks and tubs are used by athletes to avoid chafing and blisters and can be used by anyone, anywhere to improve skin health.

Check out our products today. 

Keeping It Smooth With a Skin Salve by The Chief Lubester - Chris Thornley

Keeping It Smooth With a Skin Salve by The Chief Lubester - Chris Thornley

In 2013, the running industry peaked with nearly 19 million Americans crossing the finish line at various running events.

While it is difficult to say how many Americans run simply for exercise without registering for events, it is safe to say it is one of America's favorite past-times.

But running, as well as other high endurance sports that take place outside, can be rough on your skin.

In this article, we'll talk about what running can do to your skin, as well as how to find the best skin salve for you.

Read on for more information.

Running and Biking Can Both Cause One Thing: Chafing


It's a dreaded consequence of many physical activities. Some women even experience it when they're wearing a skirt and their thighs rub together for a prolonged period of time while walking.

But no matter what, the friction of your legs moving against one another, as well as your arms moving against your body, can cause serious chafing.

Additionally, when participating in endurance sports, some fabrics can rub against your body as you move, which can be irritating and uncomfortable.

Contrary to what non-endurance sports participants may think, you can chafe on any part of the body. Not only does it cause your skin to be sore, but it can also cause stinging, bleeding, and crusting. Most people will have a red rash for a few days after a big event if they don't take precautions.

While prevention is the best measure, even those can sometimes fall through. So, let's talk about some ways to both prevent chafing and to help it heal with salve.

Soothing Your Skin with Squirrel's Nut Butter Vegan Skin Salve

Are you heading out on a big run, or maybe just going out for a long jog around the neighborhood? Are you healing from a big competition and need a way to help your skin cool down?

If so, SNB Vegan salve is an excellent product to help you both prevent chafing and soothe irritated skin.

The base of Squirrel's Nut Butter Vegan Skin Salve is coconut oil and cocoa butter, which gives it its beautifully thick consistency (and incredible smell). This is the natural base of the product, and it creates a barrier against your skin from any material or other parts of your body, to rub against it and irritate it as you move.

Also included in the vegan version of our salve is Candelilla, which helps keep your skin slick without using beeswax. Keeping your skin slick is important so that the constant rubbing doesn't irritate it. Instead, when the skin comes in contact, it will simply glide over the area instead of creating a friction rash.

You can use this salve anywhere you're prone to chafing, including your feet.

Additionally, you can use the salve if you're attempting to recover from chafing. Simply slather it on to soothe your skin.

This salve works best when it is warmed up, and it can harden in cooler temperatures. If you're intending to perform an endurance sport in a colder climate, our stick is a much better product to choose to keep your skin slick and chafe-free.

The Original Anti-Chafe Skin Salve

Our Original Anti-Chafe Salve works just like our vegan salve. But instead of Candelilla, it uses beeswax to slicken the area so that fabrics and skin do not damage it and create a rash.

Just like the vegan version, the base is also coconut oil and cocoa butter, giving it a natural but fragrant strong base.

This product is completely natural, and you don't have to worry about putting any harsh chemicals on your skin as you're preventing or healing.

The product performs best in warmer temperatures, just like its vegan twin.

Body Butter

If you're looking for some serious skin restoration in addition to our anti-chafing products, look no further than our body butters. We have two to choose from: Sariah Rose and The Naked Greek. The latter was created in collaboration with Dean Karnazes, a Greek-American ultramarathon runner.

Both are infused with only natural ingredients and are free from artificial fragrance. They'll help bring your skin back to life after running, biking or other outdoor endurance sport that can virtually destroy your skin as you participate.

They're both easily absorbed and can go on any type of skin irritation, including extra dry skin or skin that needs TLC from endurance sports. It also works on eczema and has no greasy residue to make your skin feel greasy and slippery after application.

Healing Your Chafed Skin

In addition to our all-natural salves, there are a few other ways to help heal your chafed skin and nurse it back to its original glory.

Avoid showering or bathing in water that is extremely hot, as this can further irritate the skin. Avoid using any type of chemicals on your skin, as these can make the rash worse, or even make it bleed.

When you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it to keep a handle on your irritation.

If you're still experiencing pain or discomfort, you can put ice packs on the chafed area to help reduce some of the swelling.

Our Amazing Skin Salves

Don't just take our word for it. Purchase a skin salve today that can change the game when it comes to your skincare. Have a look at our all natural products today!

Stay Chafe Free for Winters With Our Anti-Chafe Sticks

Stay Chafe Free for Winters With Our Anti-Chafe Sticks

It's winter in the US. That means colder temperatures, shorter days and perhaps less motivation. The change of seasons shouldn't bring a change to your routine. And if you're reading this, that routine probably includes applying the world's best all-natural anti-chafe salve before activity. 

As you keep free from chafing and blisters this winter, we suggest that you use our anti-chafe sticks. While we recommend that you store our all-natural skin salve at room temperature, during the winter you'll often use our products at a trailhead, in the car or some other place exposed to colder conditions. 

Since our product includes only natural ingredients, the consistency of our products changes with the temperature. As temperatures drop, our salves harden. As temperatures increase, the consistency of our salves becomes softer. It's a lot like natural peanut butter: softer and more malleable when it sits on the counter, harder and difficult to penetrate when left in the refrigerator or another cold place. 

But even when our product firms up, it will soften when it comes into contact with the warmth of your skin. That's why our anti-chafe sticks are ideal in cold weather: pop the cap, roll the product above the edge of the stick, place the firm product onto an area of skin that's prone to chafing, wait a few seconds and then begin to spread it. It then applies smooth like butter!


Stay lubed, friends.