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When the skin from one part of your body continuously rubs against that of another body part or the clothing you are wearing, produces friction, this friction, peels off the skin causing skin irritation, redness, pain. This is called chafing. It gets worse with constant sweating and extra body weight. Chafing may appear anywhere on the body but, the thighs, underarms, groin, and waist are the areas that are affected the most. If not taken care of at a proper time, the irritation might increase and turn into bigger patches and rashes which will lead to pain, and burning sensation. Soon the skin in that area gets so sensitive that you feel irritation even with a mere touch or when washed with water. Here are a few home remedies to treat chafing and relieve the pain quickly.
Wrapping the area with a cold compress, relieves the pain and irritation for the time being. Just place the cold compress after removing it from the cover and cool it in a freezer for about an hour. Place it on the chaffed area and relax. Repeat this process 3-4 times in a day.
Turmeric is a rich source of antioxidants. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic in nature. It is great for treating skin-related problems. It makes one fair, heals cuts, wounds, and burns. Similarly turmeric helps to heal the chafed skin. Just make a paste of turmeric powder with water and apply it on the chafed area. Secure it with cotton and bandage to prevent from staining your clothes. Rinse it off after 20-30 minutes. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day.
Rubbing some baby powder on the thighs and other affected are will absorb the moisture and reduce the irritation. It will also absorb the excessive sweat that your body has produced thus will prevent it from any further damage. Clean the chafed skin with an antiseptic and pat it dry. Now apply some baby powder on it and leave it as it is.
Almond oil is a great moisturizing agent which helps to treat many of the skin related issues. It enhances the healing process being a rich source of Vitamins and antioxidants. Apply a handful of almond oil on the chafed skin area and gently massage it into your skin and let your skin absorb it. Repeat this process daily till your chaffed skin is healed. Alternatively, you can also use olive oil or coconut oil.
Tea tree oil is very beneficial to treat skin-related problems. Tea tree oil is used to treat both dry and oily skin problems and is also used to treat chafed skin. Drop some tea tree oil on a cotton ball and gently dab your skin with it. Remember that you should not directly apply the tea tree oil to your skin. Using a cotton ball will reduce the intensity of the application. Alternatively you can also mix it with a carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil and apply it to the affected area.
Aloe vera gel comes from the thick and fleshy leaves of aloe vera plant. The aloe vera plant stores water in gel form in its leaves and this cool gel is very beneficial for most of the skin problems. Directly apply some aloe vera gel on the chafed skin and gently massage it into your skin. You can also use aloe vera gel to soothe the skin irritation. Mix 1/4th cup of aloe vera juice in a cup of brewed tea and add 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix them together well. Dab a clean cotton cloth in this solution and apply it on the chafed skin 2-3 times a day.
So here were a few tips to soothe the skin irritation caused by chafing. The best way to stay away from it is to prevent it from happening. Remember to wear loose clothes made out of natural and organic fiber, like organic cotton, this will prevent your skin from irritation and chafing. Also, if you are overweight, try losing some weight this will prevent you thighs and arms from rubbing with some other body part which creates friction and chafes the skin.
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