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Thigh Chafing: How to Relieve Irritation?

Thigh Chafing: How to Relieve Irritation?

Irritation due to thigh chafing is a common phenomenon, especially in summer, when heat and perspiration are the norm. Contrary to popular belief, it's not just a concern for “bigger” or overweight people. It's also a question of body shape. In this article, you'll find three steps you can take to relieve irritated skin caused by recurrent rubbing thighs.

Step 1: Aloe Vera, Your Best Ally.

A member of the Liliaceae family, aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis has prickly, leathery leaves. These contain a transparent, gelatinous pulp, which is edible once the aloin-rich latex surrounding it has been removed. Pressing this pulp yields the famous aloe vera gel, which contains no less than a hundred active substances, nutrients and other components (polysaccharides, vitamins, trace elements, enzymes and amino acids).

Applied directly to the skin of irritated chafing thighs, aloe vera gel provides a pleasant freshness that soothes pain and burning sensations. It also helps restore the skin's natural moisture content. It contains substances called glucomannans, which act like a moisturizing shield on the skin. Researchers have shown that when Aloe vera gel is applied to the skin, the long-chain mucopolysaccharides polymerize to form a thin, semi-permeable film that produces an immediate moisturizing effect.

Aloe vera also calms any inflammation. Biologically speaking, it exerts its soothing and repairing action by inhibiting certain inflammatory mediators, such as prostaglandin F2, via the arachidonic acid degradation pathway by acting on cyclooxygenase.

We have formulated a care product based on aloe vera and orange blossom. This moisturizing gelsoothes and deeply moisturizes the skin. It provides a cooling effect, ideal for calming the skin after recurring friction. Applying it 3 times a day should accelerate skin repair.

Step 2: Wash with Lukewarm Water and Let Your Skin Air-Dry.

Hot water will only accentuate the irritation or even burning sensation caused by rubbing. To wash, use a gentle, natural cleanser, like our Vitamin E+F 2.5% + Bitter Almond Extract relipidizing shower oil. Antioxidant, it restores suppleness to the epidermis and reduces feelings of tightness, while delicately perfuming the skin with a light almond scent. 

When you get out of the shower, don't dry your thighs with a towel to avoid rubbing. If you want to accelerate the drying process, a hair dryer can be used, as long as it's set to lukewarm or even cool air.

Step 3: Apply a Vegetable Oil with Healing Properties.

Certain plant oils have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Hemp oil, for example, and its omega-3 content in particular, modulate inflammatory responses by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory mediators. This effect helps relieve skin irritation and redness that can appear from thigh chafing.

Other soothing plant oils include coconut, St. John's wort, immortelle and rose hip. The latter is available from Typology. It is organic and accelerates skin regeneration. Although this treatment is recommended for the face, it can also be applied to the rubbing thighs to relieve irritation.


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