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Chafing of the Buttocks

See Also: Chafing - Chafing Advice - Excessive Sweating - Sweat Rash - Chafing of the Nipples - Chafing of the Groin - Chafing of the Thighs

About Chafing of the Buttocks

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Chafing of the buttocks is a unpleasant and irritating problem experienced by both men and women. Instances of buttock chafing are very common, especially amongst physically active and obese individuals.

Chafing of the buttocks usually comes in two varieties; chafing of the bum cheeks and chafing of the bum crack. The former is usually caused by the skin rubbing against clothing, while the latter is primarily due to skin on skin rubbing, which is often exacerbated by moisture from sweating.

Treating & Preventing Chafing of the Buttocks

Let your buttocks breathe. As with most cases of chafing, allowing fresh air to circulate and let the buttock area breathe is recommended. However, for quite clear reasons, this solution can be far from practical. The buttocks are usually covered by underwear and then another layer of clothing. If the problem is caused by fabric rubbing against the cheeks, then it is a wise idea to try wearing something different, nothing too loose or too tight, preferably a material that 'breathes' or, for underwear, wicks moisture.

Stay dry. If you are prone to chafing in the crack of your bum, then keeping the area dry is a good preventative measure. A good antiperspirant or absorbent powder is highly recommended, as are everyday products like talcum powder or baby powder. Neat 3B Action Cream is handy dual-action antiperspirant and emollient that will help keep you dry while protecting your skin. Odaban Antiperspirant Spray comes in a handy pump pack and will help to curb excessive sweating between the buttocks. Medipure Medicated Body Powder will also help to keep you dry. Both can be applied directly to your skin or sprinkled in your clothing before you put it on. Women may prefer to use Vagisil Feminine Powder, which also helps prevent feminine chafing and stop unpleasant odours.

Lube up. A lubricant will help reduce friction and the irritation caused by rubbing. A petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, is a classic solution for chafing between the buttocks. As it is water-resistant, it won't get washed away by sweat and will keep your cheeks gliding for hours. Petroleum jelly can, however, be hard to wash out of clothing, so if you wish to reduce rubbing on the buttock cheeks, we recommend Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel, a clear, non-greasy, anti-friction gel that dries on contact and won't stain your clothing.

Lose weight. While clearly not the case for everyone, weight can be a factor. Chafing, particularly of areas such as the buttocks, thighs and armpits, is often associated with obesity. If you think your chafing could be linked to your weight, we have a useful BMI calculator that will give you an idea of the shape you are in.
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  • Odaban Antiperspirant Pump Spray 30ml

    Odaban Antiperspirant Pump Spray 30ml

    Allergen and fragrance free Odaban spray can be used to relieve sweating between the buttocks which can lead to irritation and chafing.

    (incl VAT)
  • Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly 100g

    Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly 100g

    *Recommended for chafing between the cheeks*

    Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly is the a cheap and trusty way to help prevent chafing between the buttocks. Long a favourite of athletes, it is resistant to sweating, so it will keep your cheeks lubricated and moisturised for hours at a time. It can be hard to wash off and may mark clothes, so think carefully before slathering it everywhere, but remember, a little can go a long way.

    (incl VAT)
  • Medipure Medicated Body Powder 200g

    Medipure Medicated Body Powder 200g

    Medipure is 100% talc free, absorbent medicated body powder that helps to cool and soothe itchy, irritated skin.
    Medipure Powder forms a barrier against the skin to prevent chafing.

    (incl VAT)
  • Vagisil Feminine Powder 100g

    Vagisil Feminine Powder 100g

    Vagisil feminine Powder is a soothing intimate talc free powder that
    absorbs odours, perspiration and protects skin from chafing.

    (incl VAT)
  • Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel 28g

    Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel 28g

    *Ideal for use anywhere on the buttocks; both on and in-between the cheeks.*

    Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel is great for reducing fabric-on-skin chafing on the cheeks and skin-on-skin chafing between the cheeks. It's anti-friction formula dries on contact to from a breathable barrier that helps prevent and heal the irritation and soreness caused by excessive rubbing. Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel is clear and non-greasy, which means that it won't mark or stain your clothes.

    (incl VAT)
  • Neat 3B Action Cream 75g

    Neat 3B Action Cream 75g

    A protective emollient cream that helps prevent chafing between the buttocks

    (incl VAT)