There are a number of ways you can avoid chafing while training and racing. Here are a few suggestions.
September 12, 2017 | GEAR|
Chafing - the basics
Chafing happens when skin rubs against skin or other clothing. Triathletes can experience chafing while training and racing in all three sports - we've all likely experienced skin irritation in different parts of our body while swimming, biking and running. Athletes can experience skin irritation around the neck while swimming with a wetsuit, or around the nipples, groin and under arm areas from rubbing against the material of your race or training clothes (often around the seams), or on the chest from a heart rate monitor strap.
Stop chafing in its tracks
Appropriate clothing can make a huge difference when it comes to avoiding chafing. Anything that can help you stay dry will help - fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin will be less likely to cause chafing and using talcum or baby powder can help, too, but these products clog your pores, so they shouldn’t be used during sports. Clothes that are tighter to the body (such as compression clothes) and with fewer seams can also work.
Creams or gels applied on your skin before activity can also prevent chafing by providing lubrication that reduces the friction that causes chafing. One such product, pjuractive 2skin, is a gel endorsed by two-time Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno that protects against chafing and blisters. Applied directly to the skin, it forms an invisible, protective film on the skin that remains breathable, is water and sweat resistant and safe to use with wetsuits and sports clothing.
“In the past, I often had problems with sores and blisters," Frodeno says. "But, thanks to 2skin, I no longer experience chafing, even during long open-water swimming sessions or after endless miles of cycling and jogging.”
There are a few things you can do to heal up chafed skin quickly:
Clean the area thoroughly and apply a healing cream or gel.
If the chafing is really bad consult your doctor, who can suggest some stronger medication to help your skin heal.
Make sure you give yourself a break and allow your skin to heal before you irritate it again through activity.
This article is presented by pjuractive 2skin, a gel that can prevent the onset of chafing.