Embarrassing problem

  • Timbales

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    Jun 11, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    As some of you might now, I've been losing fat. I've dropped from 42% to 22% bodyfat. Of course, I've got some lose skin going on. I'm doing a lot of treadmill time running, and I'm getting chafing in my underarms at the front and back where the skin from my chest/back meets the underside of my arm. I don't pump my arms hard when I am running, I just let my upper body move naturally and keep my elbows at about a 90 degree angle.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on dealing with this? It's mildly irritating and makes wearing antiperspirant difficult.
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    Jun 11, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    I know the answer to this one. ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 11, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    Would something like putting some vasaline on those areas help?

    Or maybe... tape? I don't know how realistic that is... probably not at all. I've heard of runners taping their nipples to prevent chaffing but I guess this is a different case. icon_confused.gif Unless maybe you took the tape, cut it into strips, and put it between where the loose skin meets?
  • valhalla73

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    Jun 11, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    Try BodyGlide.
  • Hunter9

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    Jun 11, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
    Roflcopter saidWould something like putting some vasaline on those areas help?

    Or maybe... tape? I don't know how realistic that is... probably not at all. I've heard of runners taping their nipples to prevent chaffing but I guess this is a different case. icon_confused.gif Unless maybe you took the tape, cut it into strips, and put it between where the loose skin meets?


    oh god... i remember nipple chafing from running... ive known no worse pain
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Jun 11, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    Hunter9 said
    Roflcopter saidWould something like putting some vasaline on those areas help?

    Or maybe... tape? I don't know how realistic that is... probably not at all. I've heard of runners taping their nipples to prevent chaffing but I guess this is a different case. icon_confused.gif Unless maybe you took the tape, cut it into strips, and put it between where the loose skin meets?


    oh god... i remember nipple chafing from running... ive known no worse pain


    I've had nipple pain before. This is actually a bit embarrising, but years ago some friends tried to get me to shave my body. Well, I didn't want to, but decided to give it a shot. I am a little bit hairy, so I decided to use Nair. Well, apparently I got it a bit too close to my nipples...lol. I couldn't wear a shirt for 3 days.
  • relyt

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    Jun 11, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    As I read in a race pack from a race I did recently "vaseline is your friend" it went on to advise everyone to apply to their toes/feet, armpits and nipples!
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    Jun 11, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    Have you tried a tighter fitting shirt, like and underarmor shirt? that might put some lycra between the two parts of your body that are rubbing.

    Also, give Sports Shield a try, it worked better than Glide for me during a marathon.

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  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Jun 11, 2009 4:11 AM GMT
    I wonder if powders work. A buddy of mine back in Jr. High used to use a powder. Can't remember what it was called, but I tried it once. It had a very silky feeling to it. That's probably no help though.
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    Jun 11, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    gold bond i think. thats what everybody used in marching band to prevent chaffing
  • BeingThePhoen...

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    Jun 11, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    jordanbobordan88 saidgold bond i think. thats what everybody used in marching band to prevent chaffing


    Not sure, maybe though. It's been a while since Jr. High...lol.
  • swogdog

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    Jun 11, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
    Vasoline or any other lubricants runner's use for the rubby places.
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    Jun 11, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    uofigrad00 saidTry BodyGlide.


    Yep, BodyGlide
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    Jun 11, 2009 11:32 AM GMT
    Caldesene Powder (zinc oxide (topical)

    Applied to the skin and used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, severely chapped skin, or other minor skin irritation.

    I apply it to my inner thighs and armpits to prevent chaffing while running. Works well.

  • ManinSTL

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    Jun 11, 2009 11:46 AM GMT
    I always have this problem with backpacking long distances for multiple days. Multiple things help, powders help but if the humidity is too high can cause other problems.

    Lycra helps alot, has to be tight so that it does not bunch. In your case i would try wearing a tight lycra shirt underneath a tshirt and see if that helps.

    Never tried the Body Glide, but i know a few people that feel it works great.

    Good luck and congrats!
  • Timbales

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    Jun 11, 2009 12:18 PM GMT
    I'll try Body Glide. I usually wear an Underarmor t under my regular t-shirt, and it is tight (hence the additonal t covering.) Thanks for the advise!
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    Jun 11, 2009 12:24 PM GMT
    I always recommend vaseline or body glilde, then aquaphor after.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 11, 2009 12:30 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidI always recommend vaseline or body glilde, then aquaphor after.


    Aquaphor?
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    Jun 11, 2009 2:07 PM GMT
    You know, if it gets really bad and uncomfortable, you may want to consider cosmetic surgery. A friend of mine had gastric bypass surgery and after losing 150 lbs, she had about 10 lbs of skin removed including skin under her arms. Granted, that's a lot more than you've experienced. However, it would solve your problem.
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    Jun 11, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    I understand putting it on the body parts that rub up together (insert butt sex joke here) but why the feet?
  • metta

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    Jun 11, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    spinning and bike shorts have padding to prevent chafing, I wonder if they make a padded shirt to prevent chafing....


    I don't know if this would help but you might want to at least look at it:

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    Congrats on the weight loss!
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    Jun 12, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    Tim, try cornstarch. You can get it at the grocery story in the baked goods section. Get a small baby powder container and dump out the powder and fill it with the cornstarch. Use it generously in the areas where you have problems and it will stop the chafing. It will also help heal the areas that are already chafed. It has no odor either.

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  • Timbales

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    Jun 13, 2009 9:14 PM GMT
    I bought some Bodyglide, but I'm going to have to call my dermatologist and make an appointment on Monday. I haven't ran since Wednesday and it's still really irritated. I'm worried this isn't chafing but something more serious.
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    Jun 13, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    Bear321 saidTim, try cornstarch. You can get it at the grocery story in the baked goods section. Get a small baby powder container and dump out the powder and fill it with the cornstarch. Use it generously in the areas where you have problems and it will stop the chafing. It will also help heal the areas that are already chafed. It has no odor either.

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  • Timbales

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    Jun 13, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    Bear321 saidTim, try cornstarch. You can get it at the grocery story in the baked goods section. Get a small baby powder container and dump out the powder and fill it with the cornstarch. Use it generously in the areas where you have problems and it will stop the chafing. It will also help heal the areas that are already chafed. It has no odor either.

    Believe me!!! I know these things to be true!! icon_wink.gif


    'Heats up man-sized skillet' Come on over, Timberoo, for dinner.



    'man-sized skillet'? is that what you call it? ;)