It’s Chub Rub Season guys! I’m going to teach you how to beat chub rub this summer so you can wear dresses and stop wearing jeans or leggings to the park! I’ve dealt with my thighs chafing together my entire life, from size 4 to size 10/12. The problem is my anatomy, not necessarily my size. This is not a ‘big girl’ problem, just a ‘big thigh’ problem. My legs taper dramatically from top to bottom, so no matter my size, I always have the very tops of my thighs touching each other when I’m wearing very short shorts, a bathing suit, or a dress. I’ve got big thighs and I cannot lie!
Having your thighs chafe is so incredibly painful, especially if you have very thin sensitive skin. For me, it’s not just getting a red rash, but I actually develope wounds if the friction is there long enough. If you’ve ever made the mistake of wearing something too short and then had to suffer from chafing for hours before you can get home and change, you know exactly what I mean. Even if you don’t have ‘chub rub’, if you’ve run a marathon or half marathon you’ve maybe (*see comments section for discussion) experienced searing pain when you first step into the shower after your run. Areas that don’t normally chafe get rubbed raw from all the salt and sweat on your skin. I’ve had this happen too and I had no clue during my entire run that my skin was chafing.
I used to think this was a weight problem (even at size 4 I felt self-conscious about my thighs) but after having kids I realized it’s not anything to do with that. Both my kids have the same leg taper and they’ve both dealt with chafing between the thighs as little toddlers, and as they grew up. Dealing with that at an amusement park halfway through the day is just horrible. Walmart bike shorts for the save!
Here are the things I do to beat Chub Rub
Megababe Thigh Rescue
This is a recent discovery for me. I saw this one on Instagram and learned it was developed by a blogger who has also struggled with chaffing thighs her entire life. I read tons of reviews on this and finally decided to give it a chance. It works! It works way better than my old body glyde I used to use when I ran half marathons. Body Glyde needs to be constantly reapplied but this is good all day for me. I’m not sure I would run a half marathon in Speed Shorts with one application, but I certainly will wear a dress all day with one application. I’ve tried the deodorant trick, Monistat, baby powder, coconut oil – those all don’t work for me. This is by far the best topical solution I’ve tried. As long as the weather isn’t too hot though, I prefer the options below. I just don’t like feeling my thighs touching even without the chafe pain, so if it’s too hot for shorts I use this, but if it’s not too hot, I use the options below this one. This is also my #1 choice for days at the pool where shorts are not an option.
Microfiber Slip Shorts
This is another ‘particular’ of mine. I have always worn slip shorts (up until my discovery of the Megababe Stick) and I’ve purchased them everywhere. They are not all created equal though and some are hot and thick, too compressive, roll down, or just feel plain miserable under a dress on a hot day. Usually, they are made with compression and smoothing as it’s purpose, and not friction prevention. The key is thin microfiber. This is not meant to be compressive or smoothing, this is just a layer of smooth fabric between your thighs, so a loose fitting, stretchy microfiber slip short is the key. I like these that I’ve posted the best.
Lululemon Bike Shorts
I like this option a lot too! The reason I like it is that the bike shorts cost about the same as lingerie slip shorts, but they pull double duty. You can also wear them to the gym! I especially love my Everlux ones because the material feels like a luxtreme nulu, which is categorized as ‘naked sensation’ on their pant fit scale. I’m pretty sure everlux and nulu is a highly technical microfiber. The only negative to this option is that Lululemon hasn’t made a flesh-toned pair yet. I would love it if Lululemon created long inseam boy shorts like the Mula Bandhawear Underwear in a variety of flesh tones. In the meantime, I wear these shorts under my black maxi dress, or thicker fabric dresses that won’t show black boy shorts through the fabric.
There you have it! My three options for how I beat Chub Rub so that I can wear dresses, shorts and swimwear.
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Cristina founded The Sweat Edit in 2010. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two boston terrier fur daughters in Vancouver, BC. Cristina dabbles in many creative hobbies such as drawing, painting, and jewelry design which sometimes makes it's way here on the blog. Cristina enjoys various sweaty pursuits such as Peloton spin, olympic weightlifting and running.