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A cure for chafing?

I’ve been pretty eager to write this post since I went on holiday to Benalmadena, in Spain, back in August. I’ve been putting it off for ages so let’s just dive straight in and not delay it any longer.

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I have never, ever, in my life suffered from ‘chaffing’. For those of you who don’t know what chaffing is: It’s when a part of your body becomes sore from rubbing against something i.e., your thighs rubbing together (a very common form of chafing), the collar of your shirt chafing your neck, a bracelet chafing your wrist from being too tight… it can be a number of things. Most commonly, chafing is notorious for being a rash on the inner thighs caused by them rubbing together in hot weather. Lots of people refer to chafing as ‘chub rub’ but I will not refer to it as that now, or ever.

I had my first chafing experience when I went abroad this summer to Spain. Now, I reiterate my statement earlier, I had never experienced chafing before so I had no idea how to combat it or how to deal with the pain it was causing. I didn’t really know it was a thing either; I recalled friends throughout the years mentioning it and now my heart goes out to them because it really is an awful thing to endure.

It interfered abundantly with the first week of my holiday. It ruined many of my days, and nights out. I even stayed in on one or two occasions because I couldn’t bear the pain or humiliation of walking like a cowboy down the strip due to my inflamed thighs. 

Every day I tried to find something that would help it; not necessarily heal it but just prevent it from getting any worse. I just wanted to be able to enjoy my holiday. I tried Lush’s dusting powder that I had just so happened to bring with me (it is a talcum powder substance – but fragranced & glitzy) but to no avail. I wore leggings for the majority of the first week to stop the skin-on-skin contact which ultimately made it worse – and this totally sucked as I had bought a plethora of pretty dresses with me to wear that I never got the chance to. I even wore my boyfriend’s boxers out one evening under a dress to try and stop the skin from rubbing but this just resulted in me stopping him every 20 or so steps to pull them down a bit and ask him to check if you could see the ‘boxer lines’ through my dress; how do men wear those things? They probably think the same thing about us with the likes of thongs… I digress!

It was just so disheartening and disappointing. I was on holiday. I shouldn’t have been worrying about what to wear and feeling restricted etc. It was really getting me down. 

Then i decided to try out Mitchum’s roll-on deodorant on the inside of my thighs. I ain’t usually a fan of roll on deodorant but I was running out of ideas and i was desperate. I layered it on over the parts that I knew were hurting already and covered all of the areas I thought might be the mighty curse of chafing’s next victim. And honestly? It was a life saver. Well, a leg saver, but you catch my drift?


The deodorant is more like a creamy-substance as opposed to a liquid one (that you would imagine a roll-on to feel like). The application was so sleek and my legs didn’t feel sticky or horrible at all. More importantly, it wasn’t even visible. Result. Now just to put it to the test.

My boyfriend and I went out for dinner and drinks and guess what? I didn’t complain once. As I walked my legs just brushed off one another, silky and smoothly, and I didn’t even need to reapply. Did I just discover a cure to chafing? A few cocktails in to our night and I couldn’t stop ranting and raving about Mitchum roll-on deodorant. It was literally a God-send. I couldn’t have got through my holiday without it. 

So, if you suffer from chafing, definitely pick it up. I got mine from boots for £2 and it was two of the best pounds I ever spent. No word of a lie.

The second week of my holiday was fantastic and I had zero bother with chafing again. Who would have thought it, eh?

Hope this helps someone out there! Have you ever experienced chafing? What have you tried to combat it? Let me know in the comments below!

Charlene McElhinney

 

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5 thoughts on “A cure for chafing?

  1. I struggle with chafing a lot with my thighs and I’m glad you shared this hack. My hack is Monostat has a chafing relief powder gel that’s changed my life 🙂

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  2. I’ve had chafing issues when I was in Italy and it was warm and it was awful! Glad you did a post on this because it makes people less self conscious about it xx

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  3. Might I practice this by saying I have no experience with chaffing myself, although being fully aware of what it is. And if it weren’t for the fact I’ve been reading your blog for a quite a while, I wouldn’t be reading anything on this topic. (Self-aware guy ego protected) However, given that I’m already here it’s clear the most unrelatable topics will forever peak my interests. Curious, could chaffing be the result of certain fabrics or materials causing uncomfortability to your skin?

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  4. Hey babe!!! 🙌🙌
    I use Mitchum deodorants anyway & have also discovered them to be a fantastic way to cure chaffing! Not sticky like a normal roll-on but creamy enough to allow my legs to rub off one another easily & with no soreness!!! Woop woop!! 👌😎
    Chaffing is awful & I really wish I didn’t suffer from, but I am glad I have found a solution!! 😛😝😉
    Such a wonderfully written post Charlene you write so well!! Xo
    Love you
    Sarah Xoxo

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