There is one thing many athletes and outdoors enthusiasts do not like to talk about: raw backsides. When your favorite activity leaves you sore and red in your private parts, who are you going to tell? No one – it’s embarrassing! However, we’re here to help you. In this article, you will find our best advice on how to avoid chafing buttocks.
Before we begin talking about raw privates, we should mention one thing. Many people suffer from similar irritation in other areas as well. Women can experience friction and soreness underneath their breasts. Many runners have a similar problem with their nipples. Don’t worry! Most of this information can also be applied to other problem areas.
What is this sore, red, painful condition between your cheeks?
When you’re exercising, hiking, or doing whatever it is you do outdoors, irritating rashes can occur. These rashes can be painful and even keep you from doing what you want. Thankfully, preventing them is easy, treating them is simple, and recovery is usually not complicated.
In normal cases of chafing buttocks, the symptoms are mild. They go away on their own in a few hours or days. No special treatment is necessary. You’ll feel more comfortable if you use something to soothe the soreness, though.
The main sign of inflammation is redness. The affected areas will be visibly red. Following the redness, there is a rash. A rash is simply a patch of inflamed, sensitive skin. Rashes are itchy and painful.
More severe cases of runner’s rash can make life difficult. Left unchecked, the inflammation can grow into something much more serious.
One of the first problems is swelling. Swelling makes the problem even worse by increasing the amount of friction in the area.
Bleeding and crusted skin can also occur. These are not common. Rather, they are the result of not treating a sore spot when it first appears. Recovery will take much longer if the problem progresses to this point.
What causes the problem?
Several factors work together to cause your skin to become irritated. The two main causes are friction and moisture. Let’s talk about each one in turn.
Rubbed the wrong way
When your skin rubs against something over and over, a rash or blister is going to occur at that point. You can avoid this easily in most places. Between your legs, though, is another story. Avoiding friction there is very difficult.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Your epidermis looks after itself and is designed to take a lot of abuse. Sometimes, though, the organ breaks down if you rub it the wrong way too much. The main culprit is your other skin. One piece of skin rubs against another piece of skin until both parts are sore.
Another common cause of friction is fabric. You might love that pair of jeans or shorts, but they could be causing you this excruciating pain. Cotton and denim are common causes of an outbreak of redness and tenderness because they are rough on your skin. They also retain moisture, which is the next major villain.
Don’t stay wet
Moisture is the other major risk factor for an eruption of monkey butt. That’s what many people call this problem: monkey butt. We can picture one of the African baboons with a bright red backside. That’s exactly what chafing buttocks feel like!
Sweat is a major source of moisture. When you’re out on a long hike or running that personal best, you will sweat. Constant rubbing plus moisture equals a lot of pain.
Moisture can, of course, simply fall out of the sky. Rain, snow, mist, and all other forms of condensation are problematic. They can lead to the build-up of water in the places where a rash is likely to occur. Bad weather also causes us to wear more clothing. Extra layers trap our body’s moisture and make the problem worse.
How to prevent chafing buttocks
Prevention is simple. You can simply remove the causes of the problem. Stop the friction. Prevent the moisture. Your job is done, and you will be irritation free!
Stop the friction
In order to reduce or eliminate the rubbing that causes the problem, you can take a few steps:
- You can lube up the sore spot. Oil is a great choice for this because it is a lubricant. It may be messier, though. You can also use petroleum jelly.
- Wear clothes designed for your activity. Cotton and denim are poor choices because of the way they retain moisture. Technical gear made from synthetic fabrics is usually better. Make sure your clothes fit correctly, too. Loose underwear can bunch up and create friction points.
- Soldiers in the military have provided another strange tip: Regarding your hair down there, trim but don’t clear. A little bit of hair will reduce friction.
These simple tips will help you to avoid chafing buttocks by reducing the friction that causes redness and irritation. Your backside will thank you.
Prevent the moisture
Moisture is the other big risk factor for this problem. You can do some simple things to take care of the moisture issue before it makes you red and raw:
- Wear deodorant down there. Almost everyone wears deodorant under their arms. It’s good not to stink. Because many deodorants are also antiperspirants, you can use them to cut down on the amount of sweat in your private parts. Choose one designed for sensitive skin and roll it on.
- In addition to deodorant, you can wear moisture wicking clothes. This means wearing things made from fabrics engineered to move moisture away from your skin. Think lycra, spandex, and nylon. Most modern gear is made from these materials.
- A final small tip is to avoid tucking in your shirt. When you tuck your tails in, you also trap moisture. You are better off wearing a shorter shirt or leaving a longer top hanging.
- Many people use talcum powder to prevent the build-up of sweat and condensation. Smooth powder won’t increase the friction too much. A little powder will go a long way towards cutting down on your perspiration.
Change your activity
Many people experiencing the pain of an abraded nether region received this problem doing something they enjoy. They were hiking, jogging, or playing sports. They don’t want to stop. You don’t, either.
So, don’t stop. Instead, you can plan better to avoid this problem. Try to stay out of the rain. Keep condensation from getting into your clothing. If the weather causes you to layer up, then consider a less challenging activity. As a result of the lower challenge level, you will sweat less. Less sweat means less inflammation.
Because of this, you should aim to reduce your sweating. Try to be active at a level just below totally sweaty. If you really must get your sweat on, then try to wear fewer layers in order to reduce how much you perspire.
How to treat a blistered backside
Sometimes, there is nothing you can do about it and you end up with a sore backside. Don’t worry! It’s not serious and it is rarely life-threatening.
There are two natural treatments for chafing buttocks. Neither requires any money or special equipment.
First, give it some time and tenderness. Try not to get right back on the track or the trail. Let your rash heal up. Use the time to think about how to prevent the problem. Most cases of inflammation get better after a day or two. Treat yourself to a spa day.
Second, fresh air helps heal the affected area. While you’re not working out, wear loose-fitting clothing. Doing so will ventilate the painful area and speed up the healing process.
You can apply many different products to ease your pain. Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil are two common balms used by many athletes. These are inexpensive and readily available.
Specialist creams and gels are available. You can buy these at runner’s stores and even some drugstores. You will spend a little more money, but the relief might be worth it.
If your case is severe, then you should see your doctor. For example, if you use a normal oil, balm, or cream for a few days and the problem doesn’t go away, then go and see your doctor. They may recommend a steroid cream.
The Final Word
Chafed buttocks are always irritating but never fatal. You can follow our guide to prevent this problem. Remember these two steps to prevent it:
- Stop the moisture by using deodorant or better clothing.
- Stop the friction by applying oil or wearing technical clothing
If you get red and sore anyway, then take a few days off. Rub the area with a product of your choice and relax.
Any time this irritation occurs, you can take this as a sign to evaluate your activity and your equipment. Don’t let it discourage you. Try to think of ways to avoid the problem of butt chafing. Fix it and get back out there!