Chub Rub is no fun. Here are some answers to keep you from having everything stick like glue and turn to sandpaper, this summer.
It’s hot outside. Having your thighs rub together with every step you take does make you feel like someone is watching you, and it’s also pretty uncomfortable. Whether it’s your butt cheeks, thighs or something else, it’s like that unwelcome great uncle who gets drunk and makes a fool of himself every dang time: no one wants him at the party.
Thankfully, there’s a wide variety of products out there to help ease your rashy discomfort.
But what to buy. Here’s a list of of the top rated chafing products being sold on Amazon.com, and what consumer have to say about them.
(2726 reviews) $9.99
This product calls itself “the original anti chafe balm” and comes in a glide on tube, like a deodorant stick.
You apply it before getting dressed, anywhere you think you need it, and enjoy your time. Easy-peasy. FYI, it’s billed as being vegan, child safe, not tested on animals, free from petroleum, lanolin and mineral oils, and something that won’t clog your pores.
Hey, and you can even use it when you’re deep sea diving. You know, so you can impress the fish. Like every good product worth its salt, it’s wetsuit safe.
“I’m disappointed- this had so many great reviews that I didn’t even read the bad ones- but this went on sticky and actually made my thighs “catch”- I would have been better off with nothing at all.”
“I can’t say enough good things about this product. It really works anywhere you might have a chafing problem. My son uses it on his 100 mile, 9-10 day hikes in the High Sierra’s of California to prevent chafing between his upper thighs and on his feet. I buy the 1.5 oz. for home and he uses the .80 oz. for his backpacking trips (anything to keep the backpack weight down!). For those ladies out there that wear nylons (are there any of us left?) and have an issue with chafing between the thighs, this product will eliminate the problem! I highly recommend this product.”
(2734 reviews) $17.95
Bandelettes offer women, (and men, if that’s your thing), a solution for chafing that you can use over and over and throw in the wash. Great for the enviro-fans. Toss your panty hose in the composter, and go for that crucial thigh coverage.
“Great idea if they worked! one stayed put the other kept rolling down, so I wore one, and found out it only stayed put for one time wearing. What a waste of money! My daughter bought some as well and had the same problem.”
“These things are awesome! I wear them all the time with skirts and dresses. Only thing to note is that when you walk they do make a sound, not a bad sound, just you can hear your legs rubbing together because of the fabric. I wear them so much I don’t even really notice it now, but my mother, who also has these, never really wore them much because of the sound.”
(1014 reviews) $10.49
Monistat doesn’t just make antifungal medication for those dreaded yeast infections. The company also produces this cream, which is said to prevent irritation caused by moisture, heat and movement. You can use it for protection when exercising or when just walkin’ around town like you own it.
Apply after shaving or waxing as well, for that smooth soothing sensation.
“Did nothing. Was super excited to try. Disappointed.”
“So I have pretty thick thighs, and for years I’ve dealt with “chub rub” I have some discoloration and scarring because of it. But HECK. this product is AMAZING. I totally forget I’m wearing shorts when I use this because my thighs just glide together. It doesn’t feel sticky or greasy at all. Totally awesome product. I’ve already bought my second tube.”
(896 reviews) $17.47
This product is said to be a favorite of professionals and cyclists, and is gluten free. Bonus! I don’t think anyone’s going to eat it, but it’s good to know. I mean, if you’re short on butter and need something to liven up your toast besides month-old cream cheese, you’re good to go.
“This chamois GIVES me saddle sores. Maybe one star is not fair because I have sensitive skin — I know a couple of fellow riders who use this with no issues. I used it once and several saddle sores popped up. More popped up on its second use, so I quit using it. Back to my more expensive Gooch Guard which works great for me.”
“Not only am I a cyclist, but I work outside (in the woods). I used to chafe when wearing jeans in the heat and humidity of this area’s weather. I know proudly smear this stuff on before work…I have not had any issues sense [sic]. Great product and have recommended to friends.”
(1264 reviews) $13.01
OK, when you read the comments from Amazon on some of these products, you’ll find out that some people, (a very few), are afraid the creamy products listed here aren’t so healthy for you. They feel that if you’re going to use the solution frequently, it’s not such a great idea for your skin and your overall health.
So, listen up: if this is you, here’s your solution, and the answer to most of the world’s dark, dangerous problems: shorts that act like underwear.
Jockey’s skimmies cover your thighs, they come in many colors and have a cotton gusset to help prevent chafing. Mind you, they may creep down and cause your legs to chafe anyways, but maybe not.
“These fit right out of the box but after the first wash shrunk by about 2 inches off the bottom, so they are now useless!”
“Love love love these. So much more comfortable than spanx and they actually stay put. No more chub rub or stomach squishing for me! I loved them so much, I bought two more pairs. I’ve tried everything, spanx, lotions, powders, other shorts, body glide. This actually works and isn’t hot.”
Fingers crossed, and happy moving!