Many women around Australia can attest to this: chafing? It really, really sucks. The rub? It affects anyone and everyone from elite athletes to someone shopping on a hot summers day (and we get a few of those in Australia!). #worstluckever.

We spoke to a few of Skin Strong’s brand ambassadors to get the low down on their chafing experience and the pro tips to avoid it happening again (please!). Here’s what they had to say.

What causes chafing?

 “Chafing is caused by friction that results in sore skin and a tender rash. It usually occurs when you train for extended time periods, usually in the heat, when you sweat a lot or you wear inappropriate training wear,” says Sarah Crowley, a professional world-champion triathlete. Megan Nikakis, mum and lover of triathlons has a sour memory – “I will never forget my experience during one race – my t-shirt and underarms were rubbing together and were causing me so much pain. I had to run like a chicken just to get some relief!”

Who does chafing effect?

“In all honesty chafing can happen to anyone – skinny, overweight, athletic, not athletic and can occur anywhere on the skin. For example, a lot of women aren’t blessed with an inner thigh gap so even a non-athletic woman wearing a skirt can suffer chafing on the inner thigh,” says Megan.

Do different materials impact the likelihood chafe?

Kate Allan, a PICU nurse, and 5 time Ironman finisher says, “chafing is most definitely affected by different fabric types. Any material that has potential friction points such as zips, seams, and heavy fabrics. If it doesn’t fit properly, it will cause friction and chafing.”

“I have certain running apparel which I know causes chafing. For example, I could have ten running singlets in a particular style which are totally fine, but then you buy one which might be a different style of fabric and bang – the chafing starts,” says Megan.

What is your go-to tip to avoid chafing?  

“Skin Strong products of course! Before putting my wetsuit in a triathlon competition, I make sure I have plastered myself with Skin Strong Slather,” says Megan.

Some other tips from Kate include, “wearing clothes that fit well and don’t rub unnecessarily. Keep the chafe-prone areas dry and clean!”

How do you deal with the aftercare?

“If I have chafing, I shower immediately then put some lanolin, aloe vera or pawpaw cream on the area. I also try and let the area breathe as much as I can and don’t wear tight clothes until it has healed,” says Kate.