It’s an unpleasant reality that can’t be ignored: chafing.

When you run – or even walk a full 10k – skin rubs on skin and clothing rubs on skin, says Baylor Scott & White Health dermatologist Dr. Dominic Ricci.

“To be blunt, the worst of this occurs with the nipples on a sweat or rain-soaked shirt,” he said. “Anti-chafing ointments/creams can be purchased and applied before runs. If stuck at the last minute without one of these, vaseline or bandaids can be a great substitute.”

“The back of the armpits are often affected as well and can benefit from anti-chafing creams.”

Dr. Dominic Ricci
Baylor, Scott & White Health – Austin/Round Rock