Skin chafing can be a painful state of affairs for the exercise enthusiast. It happens when one's skin rubs against another skin or tight clothing, and a bruise develops.
Chafing can occur at any part of the body. However, areas like groin, underarms, nipples, thighs, etc., are more vulnerable to chafing because of their friction-prone location.
The situation worsens when one sweats too much or has excess weight. The more the humidity caused by the heat, the more is the friction and the resulting pain.
Symptoms of chafing include rashes, pain, burning sensation and it requires immediate treatment. Any contact with water increases the pain of the injured parts.
To deal with chafing, one can make use of home remedies, besides taking steps to prevent further chafing, so that it gets enough time to heal.
Here are 7 home remedies that you can use to cure chafing:
1. Neem: This essential product for skin care is also highly effective in treating chafing. Boil some neem leaves in water for some 20 minutes, cool it and wash the affected area with it for a few times in a day. Besides, neem oil, cream or lotion can also be applied on the affected areas.
2. Cold Compression: You can apply cold compressions over the affected parts of your body soon after they are injured. For compresses, you can place ice cubes in a cloth and place it on the affected areas for a few minutes. Do this daily for a few days. Washing the affected area with cold water also helps in reducing the pain.
3. Turmeric: Rich in curcumin, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and can protect the chafed skin from an infection. Make a paste of turmeric powder with water and apply it on the affected area. Put a soft piece of cloth on the affected area for some time and wash it off. Repeat this for two-three times in a day.
4. Olive Oil: This moisturising agent also treats chafed skin. The vitamin E and antioxidant content in olive oil quicken the healing process of the chafed skin. Massage the affected area with a few drops of olive oil after taking a bath. Alternatively, coconut oil can also be used to treat chafed skin.
5. Aloe Vera: Glycoprotein in aloe vera reduces the pain and inflammation caused by chafing, while the polysaccharides help in skin repair. It also quickens the healing process and reduces any infection. Apply aloe vera gel on the affected parts. You can also mix aloe vera juice, brewed green tea and lavender oil, and spray it on the chafed skin twice every day.
6. Oatmeal: The healthy food also has good medicinal properties. It cleanses, moisturises and soothes chafed skin. Mix a cup of oatmeal powder in lukewarm water and rinse your body with it. Dry your skin with a soft cloth. Use this remedy daily.
7. Baking Soda: Baking soda has great healing properties and it reduces the risk of an infection. Mix baking soda with water (in 1:3 proportion) along with a few drops of lavender oil and apply it on the affected area. Keep it for a few minutes and wash it off. Ensure that no baking soda remains on your skin. Repeat this for a few days.