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Chafing Problem

by Meghann on August 25, 2010

Don’t ask me how I did it, but somehow I managed to train for three marathons and one ultra marathon with little to no chafing. Sure, there was the occasional rub point that would bother me on one long run and disappear on the next but, rarely in the same place and rarely anything worth noting.

Unfortunately this time around I haven’t been so lucky.  It’s not one tiny spot – it’s one large spot between my inner thighs and that spot seems to rub itself raw every time I run.

I’m not sure if it’s the extra sweat from training in this heat and humidity or the extra few pounds I’m carrying around this go around, but I have a definite chafing problem.

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Ouch.

(p.s. it is surprisingly difficult to take a photo of your inner thigh.)

So, what’s a girl to do? After a bit of research I’ve found I have a couple of options.

  • Wear longer compression shorts/capris that prevent my thighs from touching each other on runs
  • Befriend an extra large tub of Bogy Glide before each run and hang on for the ride

As I don’t have money for a complete new running wardrobe, it looks like I am going to have to go with a mix of the above options. I need to start wearing longer compression shorts on my longer runs specifically and become very good friends with the tube of body glide before, during and after my runs.

I’ve also heard the best treatment for chafe marks is to rub the spot down with some vitamin A + D. I need to get onto that too.

Do you have problem with chafing? Any advice on how to prevent/treat it?

A 7 mile tempo run was on the training plan for this morning. My legs were tired and it wasn’t the best tempo run I’ve every completed, but I survived.

It’s amazing the difference between running on tired legs and running on fresh legs feels like. I have my first 5k of the season this weekend and today’s run really reminded me that if I want to run a great race then I need to let my legs rest and take a couple days off before hand. Rest does a body good. 🙂

Breakfast

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It had been a while since I had an waffle egg-which with jam. During the summer I usually crave something cold for breakfast, but as fall and winter draw closer I see a lot more of these on my plate.

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Served with a fresh plum and figs.

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I spy with my little eyes a cute little nose checking my breakfast out.

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She ended up getting away with a plum – the thief! 😉

Happy Hump Day everyone!

1 Leianna August 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

Plums are so perfect right now! Chafing is a sucky problem for us runners. I just wear the longer shorts to help it! Good luck!

2 emily August 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

I’m not sure if this would be just too hot in FL, but maybe you could wear tights under your running shorts? You probably own some already and they would put a barrier up.

3 Jen August 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

I promise you it’s the heat and humidity. I have the same problem this year. I only wear spandex shorts on my long runs and slop on the body guide. This seems to have remedied my problem. Good luck 🙂

4 Evan Thomas August 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

I love the things bloggers will blog about. Without adding description, I will just say that yes, chafing happens

5 madisonruns August 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

I wear Body Glide for anything over 5 miles. Such a life saver!!!

6 Becky August 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

I didn’t have a problem with chafing until recently. All of a sudden, my inner thighs have become best friends and stick together on my long runs. Ouch! I am going to get some longer compression shorts to wear on long runs. Here’s hoping that solves the problem!

7 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 25, 2010 at 9:13 am

I can’t run in shorts at all because my thunder thighs always rub together. I also get chafing under my arms if I wear tank tops.

Basically I just wear capris and long sleeves to run

8 britchickruns August 25, 2010 at 9:14 am

oh the chafing problem sucks 🙁 i wish i could help! my camelbak rubs like crazy in one point which is pretty bad 🙁

9 greensandjeans August 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

This summer I have been get MAJOR chafe from my sports bras on my long runs. I started putting deodorant on the spots that rub and it’s helped! I blame the heat and the sweat!

10 Ash Bear August 25, 2010 at 9:15 am

It’s funny that you wrote about this as it was my draft post for today!! Bo and I are both dealing with this. On Sunday we became very good friends with Desitin! It is pretty cheap and works really, really well. I just ordered some compression shorts for training!

11 Jenny August 25, 2010 at 9:17 am

You’re breakfast’s always look so yummy!!!!!

I had the chafing problem last year while training for the chicago marathon (not so much this time around, knock on wood!) but i did become best friendy with the body glide, it really works wonders. I had random sponts either on my back, or under my sports bra, right by my armpits, i mean it was mostly upper body, a couple times between my legs, but rarely since i wore tech capris, which make a huge difference. I would also apply aloe vera gel when I would come into this problem.

anyways, hope this gives you some ideas! have a fabulous day!

12 Tina August 25, 2010 at 9:18 am

BIG ouch! That looks painful.

The savory wafflewich looks good though. Love those! I wish we had some tomato because then I would make me one for lunch. I have to have tomato though.

13 Erin August 25, 2010 at 9:20 am

Ouch! That looks painful!

I’ve been lucky that I haven’t had to deal with chafing but I always lube up the likely spots with Body Glide ahead of time, just in case. Seems to work.

14 smilecrave August 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

I have to laugh… not bc of your chafing bc God knows that has to hurt! 🙁 but bc as I was finishing putting my almond butter on my toast, I walked away from my lap top to which my husband wakes up….. and stares down at your site….. and looks at the title of your entry…. and then walks away immediately after that….. LOL!!! boys 😉

love your pics of your breakfast… looks amazing 🙂 and I agree… RESTS in between runs are def better!!

15 Heather August 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

Oh girl, it’s the heat & humidity! It’s been awful up here Indiana too! In fact, hubby got an awful chafed spot & thought something was wrong! haha I would say use either vaseline or get some body glide & make sure you slick up the spots that rub. I tend to get a rubbed spot on my back from a tag on my sports bra. I never know it’s there until the water in the shower hits it! Yikes!

16 NYCRunnerGirl August 25, 2010 at 9:26 am

I have never had a chafing problem, but I also haven’t yet trained for a full marathon. Hope the body glide helps you!

That pic of Maddie’s nose is too funny!!

17 Tami August 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

body glide, body glide, body glide

18 Kelly August 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

I have a stick of body glide that I use on my thighs when I notice chafing. My problem is under the boobs though where my sports bra rubs, that’s where I always chafe. Athletic tape works for that spot. Once it cools off and your not soo sweaty and sticky the chafing should die down, my worst chafing always occurs on super hot days.

19 Laura August 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

Ah I completely forgot about how great waffle-egg sandwiches are!! Thank you for reminding me!

20 Alex August 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

I definitely think it’s the heat and humidity; it was happening to me in the beginning of the summer, too.

And what are you talking about, few extra pounds?? Wasn’t everyone commenting just a few months ago on how it seems you’ve lost even more weight? I think you’re crazy!

21 Marianne August 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

I’ve always had problems with inner thigh chafing due to my rather hefty thighs – but as long as I wear running tights or capris I’m golden. Obviously you’re the antithesis of hefty, but I think it would eliminate the issue 🙂

22 Jess August 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

Chafing is the WORST! I’m training for my first full and chafe every single week. I wear compression shorts and use body glide, which takes care of the thighs, but I’m having an awful time with sports bra-related chafing. I’ve been trying out every bra I can find, so I end up chafing in new spots each week – I never seem to be able to cover up with enough body glide to fully prevent it. Or maybe it’s because I’m out for 3 hours or so now in the lovely heat and humidity. Ugh Ugh Ugh!!

23 kaity August 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

body glide is good, but shockingly expensive! I use Vasaline or cocoa butter as a cheap alternative that works great

24 carly August 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

I have no advice on chafing, but that pic of Maddie stealing food off of your plate is great. Bowser is the worst when it comes to taking things off my plate – very sneaky!

25 Kate N. August 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

I love Under Armour 7 inch Compression shorts. About $28, but it lasts forever. I have pairs from 5 years ago with little wear. It also whisk sweat like a champ! I have a fear of chafing so i almost always wear longer shorts.

26 LiveForTheRun August 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

Body Glide is supposedly awesome. Sorry to hear about your little rug burn. Ouchie.

I got a bad rash in Chicago, oddly enough, bc my sports bra was cotton, not lycra.

27 Pearl Lee August 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

oh ouch! i’m sorry to hear about the chafing problem! i hope it goes away, soon. does it hurt if you don’t touch it?

maddie is so cute!

28 gavrielski August 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

Body Glide is the ONLY thing that works for me! I get horrible chafing on my arms and chest from my heart rate monitor, and Body Glide has seriously saved me. Do you wear compression shorts under your running shorts or in lieu of running shorts? Good luck finding something that works–chafing is the worst!

29 Rae August 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

ugh, im with you.

1. Body glide/aquaphor/vaseline. They work wonders.

2. CRX stabilyx compression capris. They cost about 70 bucks, but are AMAZING. They eliminate the chafe issue, and help your knees/quads/hammies during long runs. I wore them during my marathon part of Ironman this year, and dare I even say that I was somewhat comfortable? WORTH. IT.

30 ActiveEggplant August 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

Ugh – chafing sucks. I tried Body Glide but seem to sweat it off within the first couple miles (Thanks FL!). Sometimes a mix of Body Glide & A/D Ointment works too.

I ended up getting a few pairs of inexpensive running “tights” that have a longer inseam. I seriously got 2 of them at Walmart, and the others on sale at Dick’s – couldn’t even tell you what brand they are, but they’re made with the normal driweave/wicking material that most name brands use. It’s just too hot to wear capris!

Hope you find what works for you!

31 Therese August 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

That’s so funny, I only recently starting chafing for the first time as well. My problem is that it hasn’t picked a specific spot so I can’t seem to prevent it unless I dip myself in Body Glide! The first time was on my stomach where the top of my pants shifted, the second time was just below the middle of my back where my CamelBak kept bouncing and hitting it and then on my race this past Saturday my CamelBak strap kept shifting causing chafing on the back of my left shoulder!

Incidentally, as soon as I saw your chafing photo I instinctively rubbed my shoulder where I’m healing! Ha!

32 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com August 25, 2010 at 10:27 am

Target has some bermuda length shorts in their fitness area for women that are the perfect length and surprisingle flattering! Only $16.99!

33 Laura August 25, 2010 at 10:30 am

Ouch! Chafing is definitely the worst! I’ve always had problems with that if I wear loose shorts to run, so I always have to stick with compresson shorts long enough to cover the biggest part of my thighs (the parts that loves to rub against eachother) and I have had no issues with them. I bought my current ones at Walmart here in Ontario for $15 so I’m sure you could find something affordable at Walmart down there or like Carolyn above me said at Target. (oh how I wish we had Target up here!!!)

34 tropicaleats August 25, 2010 at 10:36 am

bike shorts (the tight stretchy kind) work under shorts and don’t look too dumb. im gonna look into body glide right now!

35 Mari August 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

I get chafing too when my shorts are too short on long runs. I definitely recommend slightly longer shorts or workout capris. Also, you can use deodorant instead of body glide and that works fairly well!

36 Alyssa August 25, 2010 at 10:44 am

compression shorts! seriously– i used to only have nike tempo shorts which ride up like a mother and i would chafe in a tiny spot (but really bad) on the top of my inner thighs. Now I wear these black tight stretchy shorts (not even that much compression)– and i cannot where ANYTHING else now. Having the fabric there to protect you really helps– i’ll never go back to traditional “running” shorts— even if I lose 10 lbs and the problem goes away. I’m a convert. No need for body glide with the shorts. Baby powder works good though!

37 Angela August 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

I don’t have that problem because I’m bow-legged but I get seriously chafed elbows from plank in Core Fusion. I haven’t done anything yet, but people are starting to comment so I guess I need to invest in some heavy lotion.

Your bfast looks yum. Love the mixed fruit.

38 Maddie (the person) August 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

I had that same problem! I don’t know how people can go on long runs with those tiny shorts. It baffles me! I started wearing longer, compression shorts. They work!! No more pulling on your shorts mid run. Woot woot!

39 newleafeats August 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

I had a chafing problem when I was younger. Just walking around Six Flags would do it for me. Of course, I was a chubby kid and was wearing denim shorts in 100 degree heat. I stopped wearing shorts in middle school and only a few months ago started wearing them again, though not denim.

40 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

Ohhh – that looks painful! No fun!

Your breakfast on the other hand, looks delicious. I’ve never thought of making a waffle/egg sandwich….yum!

41 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice August 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

OMG that looks really painful! Hope you find a solution to that, ouch.

My favorite part about your breakfast is the figs. They look gorgeous!

42 Amber@momsgottheruns August 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

I always chafe on my right shoulder from my Camelbak. I’ll have to try that Body glide. My husband started putting Vaseline on his nips because they would chafe on long runs! : D We always laugh about the episode from the Office where Michael ran for the first time and ended up with a blood stains on his shirt where his nips were! haha

43 marie would August 25, 2010 at 11:24 am

i just did my first 6 miler and got chafing! i was more excited about it, i swear, it made me feel hardcore!

44 Matt August 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

Chafing sucks! FYI, I don’t think it is from extra weight. You look great the way you are.

I would recommend wearing compression shorts. On my longer runs, I wear them under my shorts because I have the exact same problem. I am usually fine on shorter runs, but when you are a guy, there is a lot of rubbing going on down there 😉

45 Lauren @ Running Examiner August 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

Ugh, chafing sucks. I only chafe around my cleavage area (I’m pretty sure there is no technical term for this…’cleavage area’ hahaha), and no matter what kind of sports bra I wear, the raw, red skin continues to be a painful – and unsightly! – problem.

I have to slather Body Glide all over my chest before I run. Doesn’t matter if I’m running three miles or twenty-three. Body Glide is an absolute must for me. I swear by it!

(Sorry for all the lovely visuals contained in this post).

46 Lisa August 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

Ouch ouch ouch!!!

I usually don’t have chafing….but I do in the summertime. The spot underneath my breasts where my bra and heart rate monitor strap are. I would chafe and have raw skin. It hurt BAD. I started using Lanacane underneath there. It seems to work!

47 Janet August 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

I use aquaphor! It is a miracle worker and super affordable!

48 Kate August 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

under armour “heat gear” compression shorts work everytime.. they seriously rock and your legs will be saved.

49 Marisa! August 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

I love the little nose peaking into your picture! 🙂

50 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 25, 2010 at 11:54 am

I’ve never had a problem with chafing, but I’ve never trained or done long runs in hot weather!! I feel like it’s the heat and humidity…hopefully things will get better as the weather cools down!

51 Stacey August 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

I hear ya on the tired legs. Took on 8 miles this morning after completing an evening power yoga session last night – oye!

I love running in compression shorts but if finances are tight, the BodyGlide will do the trick and you can use it in other places if need be. Bottom of your feet in a rainy run, where the sports bra rubs, etc.

52 Cara August 25, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I get the same problems with chafing. Long shorts, and yoga pants help a lot. I also get them in the arm pit area (rather right below them?). I saw in the comments someone put more deodorant there. I will be giving that a try.

53 Kath August 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I have chafing problems when I put on a little weight too 🙁 Body Glide doesn’t help me at all – but longer shorts do.

54 runningwithsass August 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm

i chafe every now and then, and use good ole vaseline!

55 Sarah August 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Ouch!! I get a few rub points here and there, and what always works for me is rubbing some deodorant on the contact points.

56 Tracey August 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Chafing is the worst. I’m just starting out running but it’s hard to get excited about going for a run when pain (from chafing) will follow. I need to get some of the Body Glide ASAP!

57 Mary August 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I have the same problem with my inner thighs rubbing together. I contribute it to a little extra poundage Im carrying during this go around as well in addition to 20 years of ballet and 2.5 years of running. no matter how hard I try, I just cannot get rid of the inner thigh problem!

Things I do:
BODY GLIDE! I love it! Before and after my runs.
Also, tripple anti-biotic ointment or A&D ointment works wonders as well. I’ve used benadryl cream before and that takes the rash away pretty well also.
It also helps to wear longer shorts or capris so that you dont have to worry about the dreaded inner thigh problem.

58 rc1001 August 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I haven’t had any problems with chafing but I did run 2.5 miles last night with my camelbak and a tank top. From now on I’ll make sure to wear sleeves with the camelbak because had I been out there any longer, I have a feeling I would have had some chafing issues.

59 anotherannabanana August 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh that looks ouchy! I hope you find a solution stat! I used to chafe playing softball — on the recovery side my Mom (also a nurse) always had me put baby diaper rash cream on the chafe. Helps it heal!

What a cute little nose peeping into your delish looking breakfast!

60 Laura August 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I have a chafing problem too.. Instead of Body Glide you may want to try Vasoline. Its cheaper then Body Glide and has the same effect! Happy Running 🙂

61 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Ha, I love the picture at the end of this post. At least Maddie likes eating healthy!

As for chafing, I always use Eucurin’s Aquaphor before runs and after runs. Helps it heal and helps prevent more chafing.

62 It All Changes August 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I always have a problem with chaffings so I never run in shorts and use lots of body glide when I wear tanks in the heat. Body glide is my running best friend 🙂

63 Dynamics August 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I swear by Aquaphor! It is great for everything. It is real thick. I would put it on while hanging out so it does not get on everything. It will take a sunburn away in 2-3 days. It is amazing for chapped lips. You are lucky Maddie is sneaky. If that had been Brooklyn he would have grabbed as much as he could before you could get to him. That picture is a hanger for sure.

64 caronae August 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Good old vaseline also works wonders, before and after runs. 🙂

65 Paige (RAN) August 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Ouch indeed!
I’m currently studying sports nutrition, and recently learned that chafing can actually be caused by dehydration! With sweat, there’s sodium loss, and the excess moisture usually keeps it lubed up enough. However, when you become dehydrated and the body becomes less efficient at cooling itself down, and all that’s left is the sodium, which can cause excess rubbing and chafing.

66 Amelia August 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I’ve had the same problem. I use Aquaphor. I got it in a race swag bag and love it.

67 Lizzy August 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I only wear 3/4 length spandex or longer shorts on long runs and always Dry-Fit. I’ve never been able to wear runners shorts to actually RUN. : (

68 pinkflipflops August 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I wear long shorts or capri’s when I run and never have a chafing problem and I am a fatty. The only time I have ever chafed was 2 weeks ago after the Jimmy BUffett concert when it was soooo hot all day and I was wearing a dress and probably walked 3 miles. haha

69 kilax August 25, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I know you can’t get a whole new wardrobe, but Bermuda style running shorts really do the trick for me!

Now, my running bra? Is a whole other story… 🙁

70 lowandbhold August 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I’ve never had a chafing problem either, but I always wear running capris for anything over 3 miles to avoid inner thigh chafing just because I’m so scared of it happening.

71 Melissa August 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

This summer has been particularly tough with regards to chafing. I even wrote a post entitled…Oh, Ouch! a couple of days ago. Every long run a new spot chafes. I will say that you haven’t felt pain until you’ve chafed on your lady bits. I’ve been running for 20 years and I have never had that problem until last Saturday.
So, I’ve learned that ice, ibuprofen and A&D ointment solved THAT issue. OMG it was seriously THE WORST chafing I have ever experienced. And going to the bathroom….oooooh boy!
So, yeah, I FEEL YA.

72 june August 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

vaseline works just as well as body glide and its cheaper.

73 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Ohh chafing sucks! I definitely prefer longer gear to body glide…maybe I don’t trust the glide? A combo of both sounds like a good plan. 🙂

Waffle egg-wich…I’m having breakfast jealousy!

74 Melissa @ TryingToHeal August 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm

bahhhh….chaffing is a b*tchhhhhh…right there with you. legs and under my armpits. 🙁

75 Lizzy August 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I’m training for my marathon right now and every saturday on my long runs, i swear to you it never fails that i get chaffing under my boobs and i hate it cause it hurts soooo bad! but lately i just have to deal with it, but i think i’m going to try some body glide. let us know how things go!

76 Michelle August 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The couple times I’ve had a problem with chafing was when I did gain a few extra pounds and my inner thighs rubbed together.

77 Lacey @ Lake Life August 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Your egg-wich looks and sounds amazing- like a healthy version of a McGriddle 🙂

78 Sana August 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Yikes. I don’t have that problem, prolly b/c I am not a runner. But ouch!

79 Samantha August 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I never used to chafe but my climate is similar to yours so where we live now I do. I have a bad mark on my right arm from rubbing my camelbak monday. BodyGlide or a stick of deodorant rubbed on prone areas helps a lot.

One thing I can tell you NOT to do is rub benadryl cream on it. It will BURN!!!!

80 mmeyers426 August 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Wow! That waffle eggwich looks soooo good…I’m a huge fan of making egg sandwiches, but am constantly wondering how to make it more than just some plain scrambled eggs and some wheat toast. The waffle idea looks awesome, way more filling, and I’d love to get some sweet jam in the mix too! Can’t wait to give this a shot

81 Lauren August 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Ouch! I hate the chafing issue. I recently just bought a brand new great little running sports bra and I can’t ware it because it chafes sooo bad that my skin is raw after a run. Last thing you want when you are running.

82 mishfish13 August 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

ouch! i hope whatever you do helps both the chafe and the problem! since i’m just starting to rack up miles, i have no chafing problems… yet

btw: i love your waffle-wich! WW, if you will, haha.

83 Anne @ Your Kind of Salad August 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm

You poor thing, chafing stinks!
– Body Glide before runs
– Aquaphor and cotton shorts afterwards

No more chafing and no scars!

84 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 25, 2010 at 11:05 pm

ugh I have that problem too! Compression shorts saved my life! I hope it works for you too.

85 Halley @ Blunder Construction August 26, 2010 at 8:44 am

I love the waffle sandwich, such a yummy idea! That would please me AND the bf for breakfast!

86 Kara August 27, 2010 at 9:27 am

Dick’s Sporting Goods has a couple different types of chaff sticks to rub on!
I’ve used this to work out and also used it when going to a concert and tailgating for hours and hours in the heat and wearing a dress. Worked wonders.

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3580360#1

3 pack!

Enjoy.

87 Katie August 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm

vaseline vaseline and more vaseline! (does vaseline exist in the US?) if not then it’s petroleum jelly…it’s an absolute lifesaver for me as I know exactly the pain you feel! I use it on my inner thighs and around where my sports bra lies and since I’ve started doing that I’ve had no more problems 🙂

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