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7 Anti-Thigh Chafing Products Reviewed - Erin's Inside Job

7 Anti-Thigh Chafing Products Reviewed

I started out on a mission to find the best anti-chafing product after I found myself in a Walgreens unable to walk home after spending an afternoon walking around the city with my son. Thankfully, I knew these products existed, so I stopped in to buy whatever I could find. My inner thighs were raw and stinging and I needed immediate relief to make it the 10 more minutes home.

I have never had a thigh gap. I may have foolishly coveted it at one point, but then I realized that my anatomy makes it IMPOSSIBLE to ever have one. I’m athletic, my strength is in my legs, and there was never a time when those suckers didn’t rub together. I don’t wear a lot of skirts or dresses, but when I do, and especially in the summer, I’m faced with constant sweating from my thighs being pressed together and then the uncomfortable rubbing that draws my attention away from actually living and enjoying life.

So to save you time (and $$), I tried out seven different anti-chafing products and am sharing my reviews on them below. Keep in mind that I tested these out only for thigh chafing and can't speak to their efficacy for other common chafing areas (armpits, nipples, groin, etc.). After a long enough timeline, many, if not all, will need to be reapplied. Keeping the sticks in a hot temperature may cause melting, so also keep that in mind. I also tested these for everyday use (walking in the heat and skin to skin contact) and not for athletic performance, so results may vary if you use them for things like long rides or runs or where your skin repeatedly rubs against your clothing.  

A review of the most popular anti-thigh chafing products to help with summer irritation. #chafing #antichafing #thighchafing #antichafingreview

1. 2Toms Sport Shield

Price: $13.99

This was actually my favorite out of all the ones I tried, and I may not have even tried it at all if it weren't for a friend who recommended it. It comes in an unassuming roll-on and I found that the fact that it was wetter than the other products actually helped my thighs move smoothly past one another.

2. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

Price: $5.98

I think most of us equate Monistat with feminine-related issues, which is likely why there's also a warning on the front that "this product is not intended to treat yeast infections." Associations aside, this chafing gel was definitely high on my list in the ones I reviewed. It's the most unique of the ones I tried in that it rubs on like a gel, but soon after feels like a powder. It also prevented my thighs from catching and the powdery feel helped them move smoothly as I walked. 

Bonus: not only does it help prevent chafing, it also works to relieve skin that has already been irritated by it.

2. Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

Price: $5.98

I think most of us equate Monistat with feminine-related issues, which is likely why there's also a warning on the front that "this product is not intended to treat yeast infections." Associations aside, this chafing gel was definitely high on my list in the ones I reviewed. It's the most unique of the ones I tried in that it rubs on like a gel, but soon after feels like a powder. It also prevented my thighs from catching and the powdery feel helped them move smoothly as I walked. 

Bonus: not only does it help prevent chafing, it also works to relieve skin that has already been irritated by it.

3. Megababe Thigh Rescue

Price: $14

If you follow along on Instagram, you know that I had quite the time trying to get my hands on this due to both its popularity and sloppy inventory maintenance at Target. I finally ordered it from their website and am happy to say that it made it to number three on my list. Many of you SWEAR by it, and it's definitely the best stick product that I tried, but I felt like the previous two helped my legs move smoother than this one did. 

My main problem with all of the sticks, although this one was far less, was that I felt like there was now an added layer of rubbing. It's not that it made chafing worse, but my skin felt like it would still catch on the layer of whatever I used. This stick was thinner than others, so it helped glide better, but still wasn't my #1 pick. It does have cleaner ingredients, however, if that's a variable in your selection process.

Caution: Because it's not as thick as the ones below, it's at higher melting risk in hot temperatures.

4. Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm

Price: $8

Body Glide is actually the only anti-chafe balm that I knew of when I was originally looking in Walgreens. I knew it was popular with runners, cyclists, hikers, you name it. My expectations were pretty high for this one, but I have to say that I wasn't a HUGE fan. Just like other sticks, my skin still felt like it was catching and I was missing the whole "glide" promise.

This one may be good to protect between skin and clothing friction, but I wasn't a big fan of it for skin to skin. 

4. Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm

Price: $8

Body Glide is actually the only anti-chafe balm that I knew of when I was originally looking in Walgreens. I knew it was popular with runners, cyclists, hikers, you name it. My expectations were pretty high for this one, but I have to say that I wasn't a HUGE fan. Just like other sticks, my skin still felt like it was catching and I was missing the whole "glide" promise.

This one may be good to protect between skin and clothing friction, but I wasn't a big fan of it for skin to skin. 

5. Gold Bond Friction Defense

Price: $4.97

This was the original stick I found in Walgreens and what started me on this hunt. Although the friction was slightly minimized, it still didn't get rid of it for me and I wanted to find one that would. Since my legs were already irritated, I found that it didn't help a whole ton in relieving what was already going on. It may be a better preventative, but again, the thickness of the formula may make it better suited to prevent against chafing between skin and clothes.

6. Zone Naturals Chub Rub

Price: $11.99

The unfortunately named Chub Rub comes in towards the end of the list. Same problem as other roll ons. I feel like the shea butter thickens up the stick and leads to that lack of gliding that the earlier products offered. At a higher price point as well, it's not really worth it to me given the other options.

6. Zone Naturals Chub Rub

Price: $11.99

The unfortunately named Chub Rub comes in towards the end of the list. Same problem as other roll ons. I feel like the shea butter thickens up the stick and leads to that lack of gliding that the earlier products offered. At a higher price point as well, it's not really worth it to me given the other options.

7. Love Anybody Anti-Chafe Stick

Price: $8.99

I wouldn't have bought this stick, except that during my Target hunting I saw it on the shelf. I ended up buying it from Amazon, although it looks like the only version now available to buy is the ointment rather than the stick.

It rubs on smoothly, but doesn't really feel like I have anything on -- and not in a good way. It feels like I spent $9 to have my legs feel exactly like they would if I had put nothing on at all, so you can say I'm not a huge fan.

These are the seven different products I tried, but I know there are still more products and ways to help combat thigh chafing. Some of those methods that seem to be popular, but that I haven't tried, are:

If you have a favorite product that didn't make this list, make sure to let me know in the comments!

6 comments on “7 Anti-Thigh Chafing Products Reviewed

  1. Glad to read over these reviews! I’ve been debating on getting Megababe since it’s all over instagram but wasn’t sure if it’s worth they hype. Sounds like it’s decent one overall though but I might be trying one of your top 2 choices first!

    1. It’s definitely the best stick one I tried, but not my favorite overall. Let me know if you try the other ones!

  2. ERRINNN!!! I have been waiting for this post. I am definitely going to try out the top two recommendations. Thank you so much. I’ve used the Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm, and it is okay, but as a runner, I like options.

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