Ugh, It's Sports Bra Chafing Season — Here's How to Stop It
I'm currently in pain. A whole damn world of it and I'd love to tell you it's because I worked out hard, real hard. But truthfully it's all because of my pesky sports bra. Winter, or as I like to call it, 'chafing szn', always means the return of the dreaded sports bra chafe.
You could be wearing the best, most supportive sports bra in the world (Hello, Nike Alpha), and the likelihood of chafing is still very high due to the potent combination of warmer fabrics and sweat rubbing against your skin. If you're an avid runner, that constant friction can often lead to weakening or wearing away of the skin making it sensitive and sore to the touch. Plus once you add a little salt from your sweat to the mix, she really burns.
Luckily, chafing can easily be prevented by prepping skin and choosing the right sports bra to avoid being rubbed the wrong way.
1) Use Lube (No, Not That Kinda Lube)
Make skin more pliable with moisturisers and balms to help reduce friction. While that may seem counterintuitive given that wet conditions usually increase chafing, dry skin, especially in Winter, as opposed to well-moisturised skin, is more prone to rubbing.
2) Create a Barrier
If you're a long-distance runner, be sure to create a barrier between the fabric and your skin. Try applying some kinesiology tape where your bra would usually rub while you run. This adds a layer in-between you skin and the fabric meaning it stops that direct fabric to skin friction that causes chafing.
3) Choose Your
Fighter Sports Bra Correctly
If you're working out in an ill-fitting sports bra, you're settling yourself up to chafe. Make sure you're wearing the right size and fit to avoid any excess movement that can cause friction. You can learn how to fit a sports bra here. And when possible, wear seamless and tagless clothes, as the stitches and tags can often rub skin.
If you're already suffering from the raging rash, make sure you have a lukewarm shower after exercising and wash the area with antibacterial soap to keep bacteria from entering the body through cracked, dry skin. Pat dry and apply a thick lotion or balm like Vaseline.
When you suffer from chafe, your skins moisture barrier has been severely damaged and repeated friction means that it can have a difficult time repairing itself. Vaseline works by creating a protective barrier that locks in moisture and protects the skin while supporting its natural recovery process.
Below we've rounded up all the anti-chafe tools you'll need to stock up on this Winter.