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When skin rubs with a fabric or any other material and experiences friction, the result is irritation of the skin and occasional blisters. The skin in the affected area feels a little loose, which leads to further sensitivity and pain. This is termed as chafing. Areas like between inner thighs, underarms, groin and nipples are more prone to chafing, also, overweight people and athletes are more susceptible. However, others are not completely spared, especially if you live in humid areas. Here are some remedies that will provide relief from the burning sensation caused due to chafing:
Baby powder: Sprinkling baby powder in the areas prone to chafing is the simplest remedy. The powder will prevent sweat and thus reduce friction of the skin. Have you tried these baby powder hacks?
Cornstarch: It serves the same purpose as baby powder. Given its moisture absorbing properties, applying cornstarch will ensure that there is less friction even if the skin brushes up against each other. Did you know cornstarch also helps eliminate body odour?
Diaper cream: Diaper cream helps soothe the affected area and heals the rash. It can help also alleviate the pain and stinging caused due to chafing.
Petroleum jelly: It is a great lubricant and can help reduce friction, thereby preventing chafing. It also reduces the burning and itchy sensation.
Oatmeal and olive oil mix: If you have a larger affected area which pains when in contact with clothes, apply a paste of oatmeal and olive oil and leave it for 15-20 minutes. The paste will not only soothe the pain but also promote healing. Here are some more benefits of olive oil for your skin.
Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera is known for its cooling and healing properties. Apply fresh or pure aloe vera gel on the chafed area for instant relief and quicker healing. Have you tried the aloe vera face packs for all skin types?
To avoid frequent chafing during summers or rainy season when clothes tend to cling to the body increasing friction, choose loose fitted clothes for daily wear. However, during workouts, loose clothes may cause chafing. So opt for well-fitted pants made of lycra during workouts and sports activities. Washing and drying the area thoroughly is also important to prevent chafing.
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