20 Soothing Natural Remedies For Winter Chafing

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As the temperatures begin to dip and more layers of clothing are put on, it’s safe to say that skin chafing is definitely on the table, especially because it’s caused by friction and skin rubbing, which is made worse from sweating and constant movement. “Chafing is irritation that develops in the skin from chronic wrapping,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “This may occur in areas where clothing rubs against the skin,” he adds. Zeichner explains that the most common area for chafing is the inner thighs, and the key to treating this pesky condition is to hydrate the skin, repair the damaged skin barrier, and to reduce inflammation.

It’s also important to review any clothing choices that can worsen chafing, as Dr. Heidi Waldorf, a member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, says it’s important to look for soft clothing pieces that won’t irritate the skin. “Review any clothing that causes or potentially worsens the chafing --  as clothing and undergarments wear, the soft protective surfaces give way to rough seams and even metal clasps,” she says. And although it seems like a visit to the dermatologist may be in order once chafing strikes, experts like Zeichner suggest there are lots of common household ingredients that can be used to help soothe this painful skin condition. Kitchen staples such as oatmeal, greek yogurt, olive oil, and even cornstarch can definitely help big time without any side effects. And even better news is that they won’t cost a pretty penny, either. To alleviate chafing at home, here are 20 soothing expert-approved natural remedies for chafing to try.

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