Chafing is a sensation of irritation and itching which occurs when skin rubs against skin or clothing or some other material. If the skin rubs against any coarse material, it becomes red, irritated and itchy. Accumulation of dried sweat, chemicals, dirt and other debris can also cause irritation and chafing. Many people experience chafing and tenderness due to a dry skin.If the sebaceous glands do not produce enough sebum then the skin becomes dry, rough and easily irritated. Dehydration is another major cause for chafing. Excess loss of body fluid due to high fever, diarrhea and vomiting make the skin dry and inflexible. Excessive sweat which does not get evaporated due to tight clothing or clothing made out of synthetic materials also causes chafing especially in the inner thighs, upper arms and neck.
Many women get chafing on their inner thighs or upper arms, often during exercise. You definitely aren’t doomed to it though, and don’t have to give up your workout. Try one of these effective home remedies to help stop chafing and you’ll be so much happier!
Aloe Vera keeps the skin cool, clean, well hydrated and well moisturized throughout the day. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf and peel it to remove the gel. Rub the gel all over the irritated skin for five to ten minutes. Leave it for half an hour and wash it off if you want or you can leave it on the skin since it is not noticeable at all. The gel will also repair the damaged skin cells and will keep the skin in a good condition. Apply the gel three or four times daily to remove the irritation.
Rub coconut oil all over the irritated skin. Coconut oil with its powerful anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties will promptly soothe the skin and reduce the irritation and itching. It will keep the skin soft and well moisturized and make it supple and plaint. It will also nourish the skin with valuable nutrients and help in regenerating the damaged cells. Rub the oil as frequently as you want to get rid of chafing.
OAT MEAL AND OLIVE OIL
Take some oatmeal and mix it with enough olive oil to form a paste. Spread the paste liberally all over the chafed skin and keep it for half an hour. The paste will remove the irritation and will soothe and calm the irritated skin. Olive oil will remove the dryness and will restore the moisture of the skin. After half an hour wash away the paste with lukewarm water. Apply three times regularly to prevent chafing.