For those of us who are medium or plus sized pinups, the issue of chafing thighs can be an ongoing one. And for those of us living in hot and humid climates it can be a year-round problem.
So for those of you who, like me, have this problem, I’ve compiled this list of potential solutions.
Bandelettes are stretchy, soft bands of elasticised fabric and/or lace that you wear around each thigh like a garter band. Instead of your bare thighs rubbing together, you now have smooth fabric creating a rub barrier. They have internal strips of silicone to keep them in place and the company says that if you choose your size correctly, they won’t slip off or roll up.
Bandelettes are available in a range of sizes that cater for thighs from 21 to 32 inches in circumference, and the company ships worldwide from the USA. They cost from US$12 to US$16 a pair (about AU$17 to AU$23).
Solution: Lush Dusting Powder
While in Brisbane recently, I picked up a 50g bottle of Vanilla Puff Dusting Powder for AU$10.95. This powder is formulated with corn starch and talc, with natural perfumes.
This dusting powder can be applied by tipping it into your palm and rubbing or pressing it against your inner thighs, where it creates a smooth surface that reduces the friction of your thighs rubbing together. The cornstarch also absorb sweat in the area, which again helps prevent rubbing. Ensure you wear underwear when applying to avoid the talc coming into contact with your pubic area, as talc has been tentatively named as a possible carcinogenic.
Lush is against animal testing and their products are available in Australia from the website or from Lush stores in major cities.
Solution: Seamless Shorts
The Thigh Society in Canada sells seamless, moisture wicking microfibre shorts that promise to be comfortable, prevent rubbing, and not make “swooshing” noises when you walk! They contain a moisture wicking panel in the inner thigh area to absorb and dry sweat.
The Thigh Society ship internationally and offer beige and black shorts in both mid and high rise waistbands from CA$39 (about AU$40.50), in sizes from a Canadian 6 to a 24 (about an Australian size 10 to a 26). The lack of seams and the thin fabric mean, unlike bike shorts, you can comfortably wear these as underwear.
Solution: Neat 3B Action Cream
If you’re prone to chafing in other areas in addition to your thighs, you might find it worthwhile to try Neat 3B’s Action Cream. The company has come a long way from that terrible animated “crying breast and buttock” ad that used to be on TV! The Action Cream is designed to prevent rubbing and chafing by temporarily blocking sweat ducts using aluminium chlorohydrate. The company recommends its use for between the breasts, buttocks and thighs to prevent sweating and the associated chafing.
A 100g tub of Action Cream is available for Aussies at Chemist Warehouse for AU$13.99.
This is my go-to solution for chafing thighs: I apply an aerosol (or, preferably, a solid stick) deodorant to my inner thighs after showering, drying off, and putting on my underwear. Like 3B Action Cream, the deodorant prevent sweating in the area by temporarily blocking the sweat ducts, meaning your thighs glide past each other rather than rubbing and chafing together.
I’ve used this method even when doing loads of walking in the middle of the humid Queensland summer and it has yet to fail. It’s also the cheapest method to get started with, with a Lady Speed Stick setting you back about AU$4.50.
Which method works best for you? Do you have any other tricks or tips to share?