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Panel o’ BAMRs: We Test Anti-Chafe Products

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Summer’s sultry stickiness just won’t stop — but mother runners keep on training. Which means that post-run showers can get super sting-y when the water hits newly rubbed raw skin. Rather than give up running until the leaves change, we asked a bunch of BAMRs to test a range of anti-chafe products. Some were hits; some were messy misses — and one seems to have been both.

From most liked to least …

BodyGlide for Her

Whether it’s because the familiar package makes mamas happy or because the products works, testers loved BodyGlide.

“I have to admit, this is my go to product. I was thrilled to see it in the package,” one tester said. “I’m a fan.”

Another tester offered some BodyGlide tips:

“Make sure the 'stick/product' is above the container top - if you don't turn the bottom knob and have the product high enough, it's a little painful,” she said.

“This is what I would call a non-shareable product.  Once I used the stick on my body, I didn't want any other family member rubbing it on their body.  I actually put my name on it with a sharpie ‘MOM.’”

Trislide Anti-Chafe Continuous Spray Skin Lubricant

This product won over a lot of BAMRs! One even gave it three (!) exclamation points!

“I loved this product!!! ,” she said. “One of the best things about it is the fact that you can share it and not be grossed out! Seriously, no one wants to use someone else's chafing product BUT this one is safe as you don't have to worry about double dipping as it's a spray!  I also loved that it sprayed on 'dry' and didn't feel greasy or wet like some creams often do.”

“I really liked how it felt and the ease of applying it,” another runner said. “There was no goopy mess on my fingers after putting it on. Although I didn't test it in water, I liked that it is waterproof since I run in Oregon and we have very wet winters.”

Gold Bond Friction Defense Stick

One BAMR is a convert to this product.

“I don't think I'll ever use anything else again! It's as easy to use as BodyGlide, but way more effective! No fragrance or odor. Washes off easily in the shower. Not sticky or messy," she said. “Don’t need to let it dry — I love being able to apply, then immediately fasten on my bra, pull on my tank top and shorts, and be ready to run.”

Bag Balm Skin Moisturizer

Our testers were torn on this one. The application process was a bummer. “It's yucky and sticky and washing it off your hands is akin to removing tar” but that was OK because “It melts but continues to provide protection and within half a mile you forget you applied it.”

The smell was also a turn-off. One tester “was curious if people could smell me.” Another “hated the smell. It was almost like Ben Gay.”

For one runner, it is her go-to for hot runs. “I'm the first to admit it's not a sexy product. Looks like brown melted glue and, as mentioned above, it's not fun to apply it or get rid of the residue,” she said “Still, when I was running 40-60 miles a week I would go through a 10 ounce can of this baby quickly and gratefully.”

Another cut right to the chase: “NO! Not a fan!”

2Toms Sport Shield

At best, 2Toms rated a “meh.”

“Did the job,”one tester explained, “but I didn't love feeling of oil on my skin later in the day.”

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment

Those runners who live where there are harsh winters know the power of Aquaphor for chapped hands. But as an anti-chafe balm? Not so much.

One tester probably won’t use it again because she worried about it staining her clothes.

Another mother runner summed up succinctly: “It seemed to work fine but with so many other products out there that also seem to work fine, I’d likely go with another one due to the greasy factor as well as the possible-staining-clothes factor.”

Anti-Monkey Butt Powder

This one won our hearts for its name alone. But that seems to have been its only upside.

“This product did what was required — no chafing/blisters — but it was messy to use. I got powder on the carpet (dark carpet, light powder) and since I was heading out for a run tried to just rub it into the carpet. Sigh. Eventually I had to pull out the vacuum cleaner.  Maybe this should be applied when one is outside,” she wondered.

Our endless thanks go to our testers Trisha Swanson, Christy Westover, Leah Findtner, Megan Bruce, Christine Tye, Ellison Weist, and Sarah Bowen Shea for offering up their sensitive parts to further knowledge!

Which products do you swear by?

16 responses to “Panel o’ BAMRs: We Test Anti-Chafe Products

  1. Body Glide for Her! I even bring it to the beach! Salt water is a killer for ‘chub rub’ if you have a “little extra” in the thigh area! Looking for something a little more for biking. Any suggestions?

  2. I’m a fan of Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel. You can buy it at Walmart or Target. Can be used on both lady bits and other body parts.

  3. A fellow BAMR turned me on to DZ Nuts Women’s Bliss Chamois Cream several years back when I needed some protection for my lady bits during marathon training. Love. It. I also used UnPetroleum on my feet/toes to prevent blisters (that’s a natural Vaseline alternative). It’s a great heavy duty lip balm as well.

  4. I’ve used Bag Balm since I was young to heal my cracked feet (I’ve been a swimmer all my life) and totally forgot it is used as an anti-chafe product. I’m going to have to try it out!

  5. HUGE fan of Gold Bond. Been using it for a few years. Easy to grab at Walmart & a great price compared to all the others. I’ve had Zero sore parts anywhere since I made the switch. Win, win!

  6. I love Body Glide for the relatively non-personal areas. However, I get chafing in my lady-bits (just wait til you young things go through menopause!!) Aquaphor is the best for me when it comes to that area. It can be applied liberally quickly and easily. What a great topic! My motto is apply twice as much of your favorite product as you think you need, then go back and apply some more!!!

  7. I’ve used the Gold Bond Friction Defense for years and love it. Cheaper than Body Glide and just as effective.

  8. I have used body glide for years but it just quit working for me for some odd reason. I swear by Trail Toes!!! I did an ultra for 7 straight hours in the rain and didn’t have any chaffing where I applied it! I love it!

  9. I’ve only gotten chafing from my wetsuit on long swims. We call them “wetsuit hickies”- never have chafed from running.

  10. Thanks for these reviews. Love the spray concept! I use plain old Vaseline. I used to use Body Glide and one day I ran out of Glide, but we had an abundance of Vaseline (gifted to us when our son was born) so I decided to give it a try. It worked great for me – better than the Glide! I don’t love it – it is kind of greasy and messy – but it does the work in a pinch. I’m still working through that jar and my son is 3!

  11. I have always used Body Glide, but it doesn’t always work for me on my longer runs…or I have to stop and reapply it. Since moving to humid GA, I chafe ALL the time now, so I appreciate this post and will definitely give some of these other anti-chafe products a try!!!

  12. Run guard!!! Similar to body glide but better. They make a feminine formula. I live in Florida; trust me, I know chafe. It is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I also use Hoo Ha anti chafe in the area you can’t rub a stick (middle of the lady bits, labia for those who prefer correct terms). It is made for cyclists. You can put on your shorts or your body. Comes out like a lotion so shareable. I have to wear all this stuff all year long as I am a sweaty sweater (and it has the potential to be hot all year long). Enjoy!

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