How to treat scars caused by chaffing

Chafing is a mild skin condition that refers to the tenderness of the skin caused by the rubbing of skin on skin and skin on clothes or other materials over a period of time. The constant friction causes irritation and often occurs in the inner thighs, armpits, nipples, and groin region. The condition is more common in obese people and among athletes. It also occurs when ill fitting clothes are worn, for example, poor fitting brassieres in women.

Chafing can be bothersome causing pain and redness of skin with a burning sensation. It worsens when the moisture content is more, which happens due to excess sweating. Chafing of the skin worsens when not treated immediately; the skin becomes sore and dry and hardens forming scars.

Chafing scar removal. For chafing scar treatment, the best thing to do is to wear loose fitting clothes that cause less friction. Personal hygiene is also important in chafing scar removal. Some of the effective home remedies for chafing scar removal are as follows.

  • Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and antibacterial; it is ideal for the removal and healing of chafing scars. Apply turmeric paste or cream on the scars regularly to soothe the skin and clear scars.
  • Sandalwood cream is effective in curing chafing stretch marks; it also soothes the irritation and pain on fresh chafing. Apply the cream on the affected area regularly to remove chafing marks.
  • Prickly heat powders and medicated creams can also help in treating chafing scars. Use them before going to bed as it allows enough time for them to work on the chafing marks. Once healed, use calamine lotion to make the skin smooth and remove chafing stretch marks.
  • Coconut oil is also used for chafing scars removal. You can use either plain coconut oil or oil mixed with herbs. Boil holy basil or neem leaves in coconut oil, and apply this oil on the scar for effective chafing scar removal.
  • Aloe vera gel or cream can also be used to soothe the irritation and heal chafing marks.
  • You can also apply manuka tea tree oil mixed with honey to treat chafing scars.
  • Petroleum jelly helps in reducing chafing scar marks and softens the skin that has been chaffed.

To get rid of chafing scars, it is imperative to drink plenty of water before and after exercising as it helps in better perspiration. Corn starch or powder can be applied to keep the skin dry.  Eat a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals to keep your skin healthy. Always wash the affected areas with medicated soap in lukewarm water and dry well. Wear comfortable clothes that aid better air circulation. If you are overweight, consider reducing your weight and becoming healthier.

answered by G M

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