This story is part of our Summer Bodies series, a collection of stories exploring fatness in the summertime heat. This installment explains how to prevent chub rub.
Making my way downtown walking fast, faces pass and I’m — ouch! Yet another pain between the thighs. It’s a shame: We wait for what seems like forever for the cold months to finally end so we can move into the best part of the year, and the heat quickly makes it nearly impossible to enjoy a simple summer stroll thanks to that god awful thigh friction. That’s right, we’re talking about chub rub.
Perhaps more technically known as chafing, the phenomenon occurs when skin rubs on skin or clothing and causes irritation. If you’ve ever experienced it, it can be quite painful. Chub rub can happen to anyone, regardless of size, but many fat people have been sharing ways to cope with chafing, from thigh-protecting shorts to a little slick of deodorant. Luckily, recent years have seen not only more acknowledgement about chub rub, but also more solutions to the problem.
For some, it’s a stinging sensation. For others, the friction graduates into an actual wound (turns out thick thighs only save lives sometimes). And don’t get me started on the many ways I’ve tried to solve my own chafing tragedy. I’m talking about shorts under every outfit (that rise and reunite my kissing thighs), vaseline on the wound (creating a stickier situation), and even baby powder (leaving my skin drier than before). With that being said, here are a few tried and trusted methods to cure your frictional dermatitis.
The Barrier Method
Bandalettes: Let’s get real. A barrier is going to be your best bet in preventing chafe. Since chub rub happens when skin rubs together, covering the skin is a surefire way to stop the burn. Bandalettes are perfect for this because it’s like shorts without the commitment. These are designed to protect your thighs by covering the places where they most touch. In the style of a garter, you almost want to show it off. A breezy revelation if you ask me! They’re super affordable and grease-free.
Bike shorts: Ok, let’s say you’re really looking for commitment. Look no further than your local mall — any pair of bike shorts will do! Bonus points if they’re silky. Cotton shorts are great for wicking moisture, but the silky kind prevent your dress or skirt from getting caught on the extra fabric, and provide some nice slip between your legs. This pair from Aerie are great because they have a pocket, meaning a perfect place to secretly stash your phone.
Deodorant: Not a shorts under the dress person? No worries, there are other ways. Believe it or not, deodorant can be just as effective as those anti-friction sticks on the market. However, deodorant has that dry aspect that I believe its anti-chafing competitors lack. Not to mention, you’re essentially killing two birds with one stone. She’s not uncomfortable and she’s not musty. It’s a win-win.