Using Bodyglide.

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    Jan 04, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    I use bodyglide for "runners nipple" and other chaffing when I run, bike, etc.
    My question is sort of embarrassingicon_redface.gif, but here it is: Can it be applied to the tip of the penis, without danger of irritation, for the same reasons (running, biking, etc)? Is there a better product made more specifically for this problem? Does shaving chest and pubic hair help relieve any of the chaffing? Even though I wear UnderArmour to hold everything in place, this is driving me crazy...I am forced to wear red shirts when I run or work out, so the bleeding doesn't show. I don't need to wear red shorts, but I do shorten up runs and workouts to keep the irritation to a minimum.....looking for suggestions and options.
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    Jan 04, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    Body glide should be fine. I've used it about everywhere except where you mentioned. I would of course, test it out on a non-workout day first to see if it causes any irritation.

    Good luck with your chaffing.
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    Jan 04, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    I use plain Body Glide for longer bike rides, in the stick form, without the SPF or pain relief additives. I've not tried their Liquified Powder version.

    Their instructions say it can be applied to the groin, which I do, and also to my cut dick & balls, but never deliberately across the urethral opening, so I can't guarantee that wouldn't be irritating for you. It does warn it's for "internal use only" and not to get it in the eyes.

    But I doubt it would cause a problem with the tip of your penis, since some Body Glide transfers to the surrounding clothing, and as your junk moves around I'd imagine your dick head would come into contact with it anyway. And women cyclists use it on their groin for saddle rash, too, and they've got a lot bigger opening down there than men do. (EWWW, not the image I needed to start my day)

    The versions with additives for pain relief and sun protection might be another story, however. If you don't need those features, just use the basic formula.

    Body hair actually provides a kind of anti-chaffing protection, by creating a barrier against skin contact in the groin and armpits, and by wicking some of the moisture. It's the contact of skin against skin that causes chaffing, not skin against hair.

    And you risk the danger of painful stubble on your balls & groin, since some men can have very coarse pubic hair. Have you shaved there before?

    I couldn't shave down there when I was younger, as the stubble felt like I had barbed wire between my legs, unless I shaved almost every day. Now my hair's gotten softer with age, and I do trim without discomfort.

    I've also been with guys who shave their stuff, and on some it was like running my tongue against sand paper, same as licking a guy's face who's got a prickly 3-day beard. If you're like them, shaving will make your chaffing worse.
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    Jan 04, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    there is also a product called Blister Shield, in powdered or roll on. The local running stores or triathlon shops carry it in my area.

    it's really good. for me it's better than Bodyglide.
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    Jan 04, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    ewww.. Two things I used to do (1) find a top which rubs less. Some are bad, some are not (2) plasters/bandaid over the sensitive parts. Never tried the nipple lube option ;)
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    Jan 05, 2009 12:32 AM GMT
    Good question. I am a profuse sweater and have never had much success with Bodyglide for more than an hour of running.

    Vaseline is gross but can usually pull me through a marathon until mile 22 ish. I use it "down there" with reference to the poster's question.

    Lostboy 76 mentioned shirts. To all you profuse sweaters:

    Do you find tight racing tops versus loose tops to help prevent chafing?
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    Jan 05, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    well for me it was not a loose/tight thing, but a cut thing. Some shirts too have embroided something on one side which is a killer. My tri top was OK, but I had one cycling top which i couldn´t run in (triathletes do that kinda cross dressing, but no other hahah)

    Also, you have to get your guy to go easy on biting your bips or it´s really painful to train. Just sayin.

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    Jan 05, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    Two Tom's Sports Shield (http://www.2toms.com/) worked much better than glide for me, it lasted an entire marathon, and I had to still wash it off at the end.

    I run in a loose shirt, but always tuck it in to prevent it from moving around a lot when I do run long distances.