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What is the best cream to use for chafing?

We explain why a good anti-chafe cream is really worth the investment and share our buying guide for products to prevent chamois, wetsuit and run chafing

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It happens to the best of us, that painful chafe you didn’t see coming that takes weeks to heal. Whether it’s from an extra-tight piece of sports kit, a misbehaving wetsuit, or skin rubbing together. With the rigth knowledge, tools, and a bit of foresight, painful chafing can be easily avoided, leaving you to enjoy your training in peace.


How can I stop my inner thighs rubbing when I run?

Inner thigh chafe can be a very painful and sometimes embarrassing issue. This normally happens when you swap the running tights for light-weight shorts to keep cool during those summer runs. What you don’t bank on happening is your thighs rubbing together and making you even hotter. This issue can happen to runners of any size, as it is largely genetics and body-type that determines whether your thighs rub together when you run.

The friction caused can irritate the skin, making it inflamed and sore, and may even sideline your run training if you’re caught unawares. Luckily, we have a solution for you! Anti-chafe creams and balms can be a life-saver to keep you sporting your favourite run shorts all season. Simply apply a generous amount to the area that rubs, whether that’s the thighs, around tight clothing like sports bra straps, under arms, or even on the nipples.

Is Vaseline good for chafing?

You may ask, ‘why can’t I just use vaseline and save some money?’ Though ultimately the choice is yours, there’s a number of reasons why obtaining a specialist anti-chafe product is beneficial. Firstly, though classed as a lubricant, Vaseline can actually encourage chafing in some cases as it provides an extra layer of friction between your skin and/or the rubbing clothing article.

Vaseline also is not as long lasting as specific creams or balms, and you’ll likely need to reapply more frequently. If your aim is to avoid rhino neck from wetsuit chafing, go for a balm or cream since Vaseline is petroleum-based and destroys the adhesive on wetsuit seams and will likely void any warranty a wetsuit may have.

What are the best creams to prevent chafing?

For running and swimming

For a budget option, try the Aptonia Anti-friction Stick, which aims to protect against overheating from rubbing and blisters while doing sports. Buy now from Decathlon for £4.99.

It’s been around for yonks, but Body Glide is an ever-popular favourite with triathletes as it is water resistant and neoprene safe. It is designed to be used by runners, as well as being easy applicable for wetsuit users. Get yours from Wiggle for £14.99.

Alternatively, try out this Zone 3 Natural Glide anti-chafing balm from Wiggle for £15.00.

HUUB do an anti-chafing lube which aims to help prevent skin from rubbing and becoming cracked and irritated, this is designed to be used on the run for clothing or under wetsuits to speed up transition. Get yours from Chain Reaction Cycles for £9.99.

For cycling

We’re a long-time user of the Muc-Off Athlete Performance Chamois Cream, which is anti-bacterial and pleasant-smelling, get a large 250ml pot from Amazon for £14.97.

We also like the Premax Women’s Chamois Cream, which is pH balanced and includes ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree and lavender, among others. Get yours from Amazon for £24.97, or from Freewheel for £23.99. Check out the Premax men’s version on Amazon for £23.99.

Udderly Smooth has been around for donkey’s years with their anti-chafing chamois cream with shea butter, grab some from Amazon for £9.36.


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