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Preventing Chafing

Hi everyone,

I'll be traveling through France, Switzerland, Italy, & Greece for three weeks starting on August 21st. Because of the heat, I plan on wearing skirts, but am worried about chafing in the thigh area. My sister recommended applying deodorant my legs & a runner friend of mine says to use a lubricant like Body Glide.

Any other ideas that have worked for you?


Posted by
50 posts

Wear biking shorts underneath your skirt. Or simply carry around a small container of baby powder. It can work wonders. Lube will be sticky and feel like you wet yourself to be honest. Deoderant works in the same way as baby powder. It works for me!

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When I'm wearing a skirt I like to wear cycling-style exercise shorts instead of underwear. They feel like I'm not wearing anything & my legs don't rub together. My shorts are a cotton/spandex blend & were purchased at Target a few years ago.

Posted by
97 posts

Baby powder will do in a pinch, but I'm a BIG fan of the Bodyglide. Deodorant won't help at all.

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10344 posts

Regarding hydrocortisone, I've been told by a dermatologist that it is not a good idea to use a lot of it on a regular basis.

Posted by
124 posts

I just got back from southern France where it was hot and humid and I wore silk pant slips from Wintersilk - almost like a culotte slip - under my skirts. The silk is absorbent and "breathes" and they dry very quickly when washed.

I also wore a Tilley skort - a cross between a skirt and a pair of shorts - that were very comfortable and dressier than just shorts.

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12040 posts

"Regarding hydrocortisone, I've been told by a dermatologist that it is not a good idea to use a lot of it on a regular basis."
True, overuse can cause skin atrophy, but provided its a low potency formulation, it shouldn't be a problem for a limited European trip. Of course, I don't know if it actually works to prevent chafing...
I personally have found relief with baby powder once the problems begins, but of course, prevention would be better.

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8984 posts

I personally find Cortaid strength hydrocortisone cream indispensable on any vacation. Its a good all-in-one product to treat most any kind to skin problem, be it sun burn, chafing, insect bites, or itchy feet. It's impossible to buy in Europe without a prescription (even in Cortaid-style strength) so I always make sure I bring some along. I never leave home without it.

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We just returned from a 2week trip to Scotland where it rained 11 out of 13 days and we were wet all the time. I wore askirt at least half the time and was very happy with Wintersilks shorties undershorts for women. There was no chafing, they breathed well and washed out and dried beautifully. Bike shorts can be warm and slow to dry. Good luck. Mary

Posted by
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Consider alternating Criticaid Skin Paste with Hydrocortisone 1% Cream. Or perhaps some Desitin.

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Was in Europe June and July this year and took along a product called Sport Shield made by 2toms. It was amazing. It is a silicone roll on and stays on until you wash off with soap and water. My daughter and I used it to prevent thigh chafing as well as to prevent blisters from shoes that were rubbing a bit. Their website is (Don't get the powder - get the roll-on). The last thing I wanted to do was wear additional clothing under my skirts in the heat of summer in Europe. We had no blisters and no chaffing. Have a great trip.

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I had the same fear, and silk undies not being in my budget, bought polyester culottes from Sears (JC Penney would probably be a US equivalent). Washed & dried quickly, no chafing in Italy in July heat. I have to admit to being taken aback by the reply about not wanting extra layers under skirts--I thought only Britney travelled without underwear! Unless someone actually doesn't understand that these--or the Wintersilk variety-- ARE underwear!