Chafing and Razor Burn

Chafing

When skin rubs against skin, clothing, or other materials it can become raw and irritated. Whether you lead an active lifestyle or simply have a few curvy areas, chafing can make everyday activities like walking annoying--if not downright painful.

Razor burn can cause your hair follicles to become painfully inflamed.

Symptoms

Chafing symptoms include a patch of red, raised skin that is painful to touch. When chafing is severe, the skin can even blister, peel and sometimes bleed.

Causes

When skin rubs against skin, clothing, or other material, it wears down the outer layers and may cause irritation, especially in areas like under the arms, between the thighs and under breasts.

Examples include:

  • inner thighs rubbing together from walking or exercise
  • arms rubbing against sides in repetitive motion
  • under breasts and friction from bra
  • folds of skin trapping sweat

 

Treatment

The best treatment for chafing is to protect the skin. Chafing Relief Powder Gel® from MONISTAT™ COMPLETE CARE™ forms a breathable moisture control barrier on the skin to fight friction. It combines the protective benefits of lotion and powder to protect the skin from irritation caused by moisture, heat, physical activity, and shaving. 

Prevention

You can prevent chafing by keeping the areas that are most affected dry and protected. In areas that are prone to chafing, apply  Chafing Relief Powder Gel®  from MONISTAT™ COMPLETE CARE™. Both a lotion and a powder, skin is protected by a breathable moisture control barrier that fights friction. MONISTAT™ Chafing Relief Powder Gel® is non-greasy, dries to a silky finish, and is fragrance free, non-irritating, non-staining, and gentle enough to use daily.

When to See Your Healthcare Professional

If symptoms last more than 7 days, or clear up and then occur again within a few days, see your healthcare professional. For help starting the conversation about your feminine and vaginal health, download our Doctor Discussion Guide

Razor Burn

Shaving is a convenient way to remove unwanted hair, but razor burn is a common side effect that can cause irritation on some of the most sensitive areas of the body like the bikini line. Waxing can also cause red, raised, raw skin similar to shaving. 

Symptoms

Razor burned skin can be itchy with red or pink, rash-like bumps that can range from a mild, topical irritation to full inflammation of the hair follicles.

Causes

Shaving with a dull razor or applying too much force to the skin with the razor can cause razor burn. Sensitive skin can also be a culprit.

Treatment

Once razor burn appears, you can cover the affected skin with a protective barrier like the one formed by the Chafing Relief Powder Gel® This will provide relief from symptoms and protect the skin from further damage. Keep in mind that dimethicone, the ingredient in the gel, is for chapped, chafed, and cracked skin, not for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Prevention

Use a lubricant to soften the hair and ease the glide of the razor over skin. Preparing skin by wetting it with warm water also helps to open the hair follicle. Also, shave in the right direction with a clean, sharp razor. After shaving, use Chafing Relief Powder Gel® from MONISTAT™ COMPLETE CARE™ to reduce redness and irritation.

When to See Your Healthcare Professional

If symptoms last more than 7 days, or clear up and then occur again within a few days, see your healthcare professional. For help starting the conversation about your feminine and vaginal health, download our Doctor Discussion Guide.