Excessive sweating can make chafing worse because sweat contains minerals that can further irritate the skin. Cornstarch absorbs moisture, so it will help keep your skin dry and reduce friction.
- Clean the affected skin with a mild antiseptic soap and lukewarm water.
- Thoroughly pat dry the area with a soft towel.
- Lightly dust cornstarch over it.
- Reapply 2 or 3 times daily.
Note: Do not apply cornstarch on moist skin, as it will increase the risk of fungal infections.
10. Indian Lilac
Due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, Indian lilac (also known as neem or margosa) is highly effective in treating chafing.
- Simmer a handful of neem leaves in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes. Strain the solution and allow it to cool. Use it to wash the affected area, a couple of times daily for a few days.
- You can also apply neem oil, cream or lotion on the affected area a few times daily.
- Find out what is causing the chafing and adjust as needed to prevent it from recurring..
- Apply calamine lotion on the affected area to provide soothing relief from itching and speed up the healing process.
- When exercising, wear properly fitting clothes made with synthetic fibers. It will help reduce perspiration and dry faster than natural materials. Use compression shorts, spandex cycling shorts and athletic tights that stretch and cause no friction.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes. Belts, tight underwear and clothes can cause you to sweat, which can worsen your chafed skin.
- Use an unscented baby powder to keep your skin dry.
- Obesity can lead to chafed thighs. Eat a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole-wheat grains. Exercising regularly may help prevent excessive weight gain and aid weight loss.
- Incorporate more foods rich in vitamins A and C, zinc and beta-carotene into your diet.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated and eliminate dryness that can lead to chafing.