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13 Ways To Deal With Hot, Sweaty Thighs During The Summer

Just say no to chub rub.

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Summer means one thing: chub rub.

The raw, itchy red skin can happen to anyone and everyone who moves. And it sucks.


1. Rub some Fresh Balls onto any area that's been chafing hard.

Yes, technically this is made for a man's groin. But you know what? It works wonders when you slather this all over your hot, sweaty thighs.

You can get it here for $9.99.

2. Get yourself a pair of bike shorts with built-in rash guards.

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Undersummers is a clothing line of slips and bike shorts designed to deal with chafing. If you're dealing with chronic chub rub and creams don't cut it, get yourself a pair of these bad boys.

Shop the Undersummers clothing here.

3. Shake some Anti-Monkey Butt on your skin to stop the chafe.

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It'll absorb sweat, cool you off with calamine, and fight the thigh friction that's happening down below. It comes in Lady Anti-Monkey Butt, too, which can be used for boob sweat. Win!

Buy it here for $5.95.

4. Use Body Glide between your thighs before exercising.

Or, just use it every day during the summer. Your call. It's essentially a stick of balm that gives you an anti-chafe barrier on your skin so your thighs won't hate you for walking a few blocks when it's 70 degrees outside.

Get it here for $10.

5. Wear this moisture-wicking underwear to stop any top-down sweat action.

Dear Kate underwear was originally invented as a badass alternative to period underwear, but each pair also wicks away moisture and is totally leak-resistant. Wear 'em on hot days, to the gym, when you have your period, or whenever you're sick and tired of dealing with chub rub as a result of crotch sweat.

Shop the entire collection here.


6. People swear by using Monistat Chafing Relief Gel to combat chub rub.

Use it on your thighs, your bikini area, your butt, and wherever else you sweat. Did we mention that a slew of beauty bloggers use this as a makeup primer, too? ~*Multitasking*~

Get it here for $5.99.

7. Use these thigh bands under skirts or dresses.

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Wearing Bandelettes prevents the skin-to-skin rubbing that can make you want to lash out at your friends and loved ones. They're made of non-slip silicone so they won't slide down your thigh. Plus, they look pretty ~scandalous~ so you can make sweating sexy.

Pick up Bandelettes here for $15.99.

8. Take a cue from cyclists and use Chamois Butt'r.

It's a non-greasy skin lubricant that was originally invented to help cyclists on long rides. If it can help a cyclist during a marathon, it's good enough for a hot Wednesday night at a rooftop bar.

You can get Chamois Butt'r here for $9.99.

9. Or steal this secret from runners and use 2Toms Liquid Roll-On.

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Just glide the liquid over your thighs and let it dry for about 30 seconds. On particularly hot days or days when you'll be rubbing your thighs together more than usual, throw the stick in your bag to reapply every three to four hours and you'll be good to go!

Get the 2Toms Sport Shield Liquid Roll-On here for $13.

10. Slip into a pair of cotton, long-legged boxer briefs.

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The cotton will let your legs breathe, and the length of the boxer briefs will protect your thighs under dresses. Plus, because these are made for dudes and therefore pretty cheap, you can save your money for ice cream.

Get a six-pack here for $17.

11. Swipe your deodorant onto your inner thighs.

"As long as the skin is completely normal (ie. no irritation, inflammation, or open areas), it is not unsafe to apply antiperspirant on the thighs," Dr. Julia Tzu, founder of Wall Street Dermatology, told BuzzFeed Life.

12. Get friendly with a pair of Thigh Society anti-chafing shorts.

They're pre-shrunk, they won't show panty lines, and they have a fabric-covered waistline that won't roll down on you. Oh, and the fabric wicks away moisture to prevent your sweaty situation from turning into a nightmare.

You can get them here for $39.

13. If you're already scorned from chub rub, use bacitracin ointment on the area to help it heal.

Clean the area with a mild, fragrance-free soap and tepid water, then dry with a cotton towel. You can use any bacitracin antibiotic ointment to get the job done. We'd suggest doing this at night to give the area time to heal, but you can do it whenever you need relief.


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