How to Avoid Bathing Suit Chafing on the Thighs

By Kimberly Caines

Chafing happens when there is skin-to-skin rubbing or friction between your skin and your clothes. When wearing a bathing suit, your delicate bikini area and inner upper thighs can get irritated. You experience a painful burning and stinging sensation that can escalate and become a bleeding open wound. If you know that you will be wearing a bathing suit, there are various preventative actions you can take beforehand to avoid chafing.

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Wearing a well-fitting bathing suit helps prevent chafing.

Step 1

Wear a bathing suit that fits well. A tight-fitting suit digs into your skin and is more prone to cause friction and chafing. Choose a swimsuit that stays in place on your body but is not too loose or too tight.

Step 2

Apply an over-the-counter chafing prevention product. When applied to your skin, these products form a barrier that protects you from skin-to-skin and skin-to-fabric chafing.

Step 3

Make your own chafing prevention product. Mix 1 cup petroleum jelly with 1 cup A&D ointment. Add 1/4 cup vitamin E and 1/4 cup aloe vera cream. Blend the ingredients until a stiff consistency is reached. Apply the cream to your skin in the areas prone to chafing. This mixture can also be used to help heal chafed skin.

Step 4

Keep your bathing suit clean and dry. Dirt, debris and dried sweat increase the possibility of friction between your bathing suit and skin.

Step 5

Drink water to hydrate yourself so you can sweat freely. Avoid sweat from sitting on your skin and forming salt crystals because this makes chafing more likely.