Mailbag Monday: More on Rubbage | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


A couple weeks ago, we answered a question about thigh rubbage and how it can burn a hole in your pants.

(Yep, it’s happened to me too on more than one occasion and that question was answered quite nicely might I add!)

Well this week, I got a question from someone that I thought some of you might benefit from, so I thought I’d bring it here for Mailbag Monday. The question was:

“How do you prevent chafing in places where the sun don’t shine?”

Perfectly worded, I love that question!

There are several ways to prevent chafing, but the first of which stands out to me most is: BODY GLIDE! Or something like it.

I first used Body Glide to help me get my wetsuit on. But then I started using it for thigh rubbage. I’ve even used it where a zipper from one of my tank tops rubs on my neck when I run. Pretty much anywhere something/anything can rub, you put it there and in massive quantities too. Body Glide and other anti-chafing creams are also useful while cycling and as I was researching other Body Glide type stuff, I came across something called, “Hoo Ha Ride Glide,” which, if I’m being perfectly honest here, I now NEED simply because of its awesome name.

You can also use Vaseline, for which I have a funny story for by the way. At races, they give out Vaseline on a stick for runners passing by just in case they need it, it’s like a water station but only a Vaseline station instead and someone running by thought it was an energy gel on a stick and well, they ate it. So don’t do that. It’s Vaseline and it’s for chafing, not eating.

Another thing I do is wear compression shorts or spandex shorts and this helps me with chafing because it nestles each of my thighs in its own separate sheathe and there is rubbing, but not much and considerably less than if I do skin on skin with shorts.

By the way, there is no shortage of off-shoot brands of Body Glide, and you can read about lots of other runners and their chafing here. Heather has also told us that you can use Butt Paste! Great advice! And of which lots of us have in our diaper bags or lying around the house somewhere for use on the kids!

They also do make special moisture-wicking skivvies if the sweat/skin/shorts combination is bothering your nether-regions, both Nike and Under Armour make them, along with lots of generics (if you Google.)

So, have any of you had any sweatybutt and running with chafing? We’d love to hear about your experiences and solutions!

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