Marathon training is no fun, especially when it leaves crusts under the armpits or under the breasts.
During a particularly long and sweaty summer race I knew that my sports bra was rubbing my skin a bit too much. But, damn, I finished the race and decided to take care of it later.
When I got home, the rough skin literally swept the hooks and bras over the front of the bra.
Sure, it’s not something that would never happen again, so I talked to some experts about their ideas about the causes of “chafing” and how to avoid them and what to do when it’s too late for that.
What is chafing
By definition, “the process of rubbing the skin rubs against the skin or skin on the fabric to create a red, irritated and painful skin in specific areas,” says Shari Lipner, MD, Ph.D., assistant professor for dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Sweat and moisture (for example, a rainy or sweaty race) increase the likelihood of this happening.
How do I avoid this?
If you want to keep his skin fresh and dry, says Lipner. “The clothing should be adjusted so that it does not rub the skin”, but it should not be so dense to dig the skin. If you choose the upper and lower parts of moisture-absorbent materials, you can also avoid this.
Seamless clothing is also a wise choice. Mile High Run Club certified trainer and trainer Elizabeth Corkum and Coach Corky say that hard splicing can do some damage. Thankfully, many brands of sportswear have perfect options.
It’s also important that your clothes fit together, says Corkum. “When I lowered a size into a sports bra, you heard me rubbing the bra band,” he says. “It turns out that some fabrics expand in the wet state, causing the tape to slip slightly after three consecutive hours and cause major problems.” And maybe you should try a new outfit in less time instead of spending hours on potentially disgusting clothes.
If you have a lot to do with discomfort in your arms or thighs, Corkum recommends slipping or Aquaphoron of the body, such as under the arms or thighs. “It may not be necessary in all races, but probably during long races or in wet or humid conditions,” he says. “You want to apply enough to cover the skin before a race. You can also use them after a run, before getting in the shower to protect the skin of the water. “(Why, yes, the shower burning is already generated in the search).
How do I treat this when it happens?
Regardless of the causes of friction in your arms or thighs, wipe it with mild soap and water after sweating, says Lipner.
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You can also rub an ointment, such as Vaseline, to speed healing. And of course, do not try to put friction in the same area (for example, do not start another long run the next day) to take the time to solve the problem, she says.
If the irritated skin does not heal after a few days, Lipner suggests seeing a document so he can help you treat it.