13 Anti-Chafing Products To Save Your Thighs From True Agony
Because summer's just around the corner.
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A pair of breathable and moisture-wicking
Thigh Society slip shorts that will guarantee your thighs stay comfortable even if you spend the entire day walking around outside.
When Daysha from BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
tested these shorts, she said the the material was super soft, they're breathable, and they mold to your thighs — and she picked them as the best thigh-chafe solution! Promising review: "No super-elastic control to cut me in half, just superb everyday comfort with a leg length that stops chafing. I can't understand why more companies aren't doing this! I haven't worn dresses in summer for years and now, thanks to these I-hardly-notice-I'm-wearing-them slip shorts, my summer wardrobe now includes dresses again." — Sally
Get them from Thigh Society for
$34 (three colors; sizes S–3XL/4XL; regular-, high-, and ultra-high-rise available).
A set of
sexy lace bands — they'll let you dance in your favorite dress all night without a single complaint from your thighs.
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tried and liked these! Promising review: "These are fantastic! I work overnights and wear dresses regularly to the office, I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable "digging in."
I did measure my thigh to get an accurate size rather than guessing, but it is definitely true to that measurement. And they do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move!! I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom. Highly recommended!!!" —
Get them on Amazon for
$16.95+ (8 colors, some available both in lace or a regular, "solid" fabric.)
Chamois Butt'r, a cream made specifically for bicycling long distances that also happens to work incredibly well to prevent thigh chafe and foot blisters.
It's safe to use anywhere skin rubs against skin or clothing, and is also paraben-free.
Promising reviews: "Took this to Disney World, used this on my feet and toes before putting on socks and sneakers. Did not get any blisters! My husband did not, and he got blisters his first day. Should have used Chamois Butt'r! It doesn't smell, it goes on easily and absorbs very well. I use it sometimes on the inside of my thighs too. Highly recommend it." — Brandie Booth
"Oh man the praise I have for this stuff, I'll even overlook the smell just because it works so well. My butt cheeks have never been happier since i started using this magic lotion. Before this, I could start a fire with the friction going on between my thighs. If you're active and don't have a 'thigh-gap' this stuff is amazing." —
Get a tube on Amazon for
Some stretchy, lightweight, under-$15
bike shorts because sometimes all you need is something nice and basic.
Promising reviews: "Great for the price. I was looking for something to wear under summer skirts and dresses. If you're blessed with larger thighs, it's a great (and inexpensive) solution to the inner thigh contact issue bigger girls face in the summer. Bought a pair in white and liked them so much I ordered in both black and oatmeal (a darker beige). The fabric is lightweight and breathable." — M. Boyd
"I’m a second grade teacher and we sit on the floor plus my thighs rub and get irritated. These shorts feel comfortable and work for what I wanted. They are thin enough to not be noticeable when wearing dresses but not too thin. Just right." —
Get a pair from Amazon for
$12.50+ (sizes S–XXXL, nine colors).
water- and sweat-proof balm so you can wander your favorite waterpark or stroll down the boardwalk without inadvertently causing any raw sore spots.
Body Glide /
Promising review: "This stuff saved my beach vacation. My son always gets nasty chafe and rub rash from playing in the water and then running around in his wet shorts. Usually half way through the day he's ready to go because it stings so bad. We put this on his inner thighs every day before we went to the beach and never even had pinkish skin, never mind a rash!! It's very dry, non greasy and goes on smooth and colorless just like a deodorant with no scent either. It's absolutely a lifesaver!!!" — C. Millin
Get it on Amazon for
roll-on liquid that you can keep in your car or bag without any worries it might melt, even in extreme heat.
This one's also water- and sweat-proof.
Promising review: "I am a plus-size woman and like to wear skirts and dresses to stay cool. The problem is, my thighs rub and cause chaffing. I've tried slip shorts, but have wanted to avoid another layer of clothing, so I tried Sport Shield. It goes on super smooth and feels great. I was really nervous that it would leave stains/wet marks on my clothing, but it didn't. It lasts about 3-4 hours before I need to reapply, so I typically tuck the bottle in my purse just in case." — This Happy Homeschool
Get a bottle on Amazon for
maternity slip short because you deserve to be comfortable always, but especially when you're pregnant.
Promising review: "I have gained quite a bit of weight this pregnancy and the chub rub is real and painful. I had a conference coming up and really needed something since I couldn’t get away with tights anymore. I can’t tell you how wonderful these are. They are long enough to prevent any contact but still short enough to be hidden under a near knee length–dress. I can comfortably wear my maternity dresses and do not worry about having to walk too much, they simply do the trick. I highly recommend." — Slinky Girl
Get them from Amazon for
$36.50 (two colors).
Lanacane anti-friction gel — a little goes a long way, so you can stash it in your pocket or bag and always be prepared the moment you realize the chafing's begun.
Promising review: "This changed my life. I had a BIG problem with chafing underneath the lower band of my bra. I live down south, and the hot and humid summers used to make me miserable. I just apply a little of this product before putting my bra on and no more chafing. It's wonderful." — Eleta K. Parris
Get two tubes on Amazon (one for your bathroom, one for your bag!) for
A pair of stretchy
bike shorts that will serve you double duty: you can wear both by themselves on the hottest of days, and under dresses whenever you need 'em.
Promising review: "I bought these shorts to wear for my trip to the Universal theme park and they worked great! They were extremely comfortable and prevented my thighs from chafing, and were still light weight for the weather! Will be wearing again soon!" — Flipper373
Get them from Torrid for
$13.65 (originally $18.90; sizes 10–30. Also available in a light cream color.)
powder gel because reviewers love it both as an anti-chafe solution *and* as a makeup primer.
It's also loved/reviewed as a primer by Redditors on
r/MakeupAddiction and users on Makeup Alley, as long as your skin isn't sensitive to silicones. Promising reviews: "This is a miracle worker for me, essential for summer. I put it on before I leave the house in shorts, and maybe once more throughout the day. I forget about it right after I put it on, it doesn’t feel gross or weird." — Sydney McGagin
"I've been using this for a makeup primer for at least 3-4 years now! One tube lasts a very long time and it's so inexpensive! I've turned on so many of my girlfriends to this, everyone loves it! Saves us so much money, money we can spend on other make up!" —
Get two boxes on Amazon for
all-natural salve if you prefer something without silicones, which happens to be a primary ingredient many anti-chafing gels and balms.
Its main ingredients are coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and vitamin E oil — all super hydrating and lubricating.
Promising review: "Bought for a trip to Hawaii after remembering the nightmare my thigh chaffage was when I was younger and living in the Virgin Islands for a month. Applied after I showered and then completely forgot about it. No chaffage, no residue. Note: did not do any strenuous exercise or long distance walking but did do a lot of casual walking, beach sitting, and sitting in a hot car." — C. Blue
Get it on Amazon for
$8.95, or a vegan version in a tub for $13.95.
A pair of
100% cotton unisex trunks that come multiple prints, because who says you anti-chafe solutions can't be a little fun?
Promising review: "I have that problem a lot of ladies have, inner thigh chafing. This underwear takes care of me. There is no chafing. Ever. It's wonderful. They don't ride up or bunch even when you've got your skinny jeans on. You do see the seams under pants, so maybe a seamless version will be in the future. Otherwise, I don't care. My thighs are happy and I feel great." — AHD
Get them from Tomboyx for
$25 (sizes XS-3X, 26 colors / prints available).
cream antiperspirant — it's easy to apply wherever you need it most and might also help protect against itchy fungal infections like athlete's foot.
Promising review: "Works for thigh chafing! I use it when I'm wearing a dress or skirt. I don't feel like it really prevents sweating, but somehow prevents any of that red soreness where the thighs rub together. Must-have for traveling in summer when I know I'm going to be walking a lot." — Amazon Customer
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