How to deal with chub rub now it’s finally summer

How to deal with chub rub now it’s finally summer. If you’re like me and you’ve not seen your thigh gap since childhood, chub rub is a yearly phenomenon that quite frankly, is a pain in the ass.

How to deal with chub rub now it's finally summer

We’re in the middle of a heatwave, and as always, we’re badly prepared for “summer”. I don’t know about you, but my thighs are currently miserable.

The cause of our distress?

Well, other than fans selling out, dehydration, and actually having to go to work when we could be supping a cocktail (check out the Raspberry Vodka Fizz!), it’s all down to our thighs.

How to deal with chub rub now it's finally summer

Thighs are great they provide adequate cushioning for all the sitting I do. What are yours good for? ???? Answers below in the comments, please!

Despite losing 7 stone, I have a long way to go and my thigh gap hasn’t quite increased as much as I’d like it to.

Then along comes the good old British summer, when I have no choice but to free my legs from the usual denim and cargo pants, they are the source of profuse irritation.

I need help. We need help. I’ve seen countless chub rub threads in our Facebook group. It’s a BIG problem!

We need protection from the pain, sweat, and rubbed raw skin caused by one thigh getting intimate with the other while we stroll around in our shorts or leggings!

Yup, it’s chub rub season – and this is how members of our Facebook group deal with it!

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1. Mildly medicated talc

Talc may sound like it would make the rubbing worse, but by adding some medicated talcum powder, your thighs will gently glide past each other rather than sticking and rubbing.

Cuticura makes a mini-size of their Cuticura Mildly Medicated Talc which you can carry around for top-ups during the day!

2. Apply deodorant in places other than your armpits

If thigh sweat moistness is causing an issue, you can try applying your everyday deodorant to the area.

This works in a similar to the baby powder method, making thighs dry enough that they don’t stick and chaff.

When I asked in our Facebook group, this method received mixed reviews. I’ve tried it with different types of deodorant, and all it did was glue my thighs shut!

Try it on a day when you’re able to pop home and wash it off if it doesn’t work out.

3. Create a physical barrier

I know the thought of any additional clothing when it’s boiling hot outside is silly. But if chub rub has become seriously unbearable, this is the best option by far!

Just make sure that any barrier you choose is made of a lightweight material that will let your chub rub “breathe”. Especially if you already have chub rub, and are trying to get it to clear.

We had loads of suggestions;

“I use cotton cycling shorts under dresses/skirts” – Hana

“Comfort shorts from Evans. Very light and easy to wear” – Moira

How to deal with chub rub now it's finally summer

“Slogi underwater shorts are great too x” – Eleanor

Amy suggested Bandelettes which look amazing!

They’re specially designed anti-chafing thigh bands – what a fab idea!

4. Vaseline Original petroleum jelly

Reduce any chaffing down there by liberally applying Vaseline in any areas that are going to rub up against each other while you’re moving.

Anything like Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly will suffice!

5. Steal a trick from those who like to run

When people are off running marathons or doing other sporty things, they tend to have to deal with nipple rub.

They do this with products such as Bodyglide. A lot of people in our Facebook group swear by Bodyglide!

How to deal with chub rub now it's finally summer

Picture is from Nicky in our Facebook Group

You can get it in his or hers, although there isn’t much difference between the two to be honest. You can grab both varieties on Amazon UK, or in your nearest chemist.

There’s also Lanacane anti chafing gel, which so many of you suggested. It’s Janie’s fav!


You know that shaving makes friction even more unbearable. Bit of friction and lighting matches is not fun!

How to deal with chub rub now it’s finally summer

Unless you’re one of those mythical creatures that can shave every day and be perfectly smooth then don’t bother. It is not worth the pain and suffering that you’ll endure when you scratch your thighs into oblivion!

7. Use some special chub rub product

Brands and cosmetic companies are hearing our cries and are finally making products designed to help us battle chub rub!

How to deal with chub rub now it's finally summer

Check out Lush’s ‘dusting powder’ called Silky Underwear. It makes your skin all soft and smooth, smells amazing, and works pretty much the same way as talcum powder.

Fiona from our Facebook group, swears by it!! This stuff is amazing.

8. Make sure to rest your sore thighs after a long sweaty day

If you’re reading this then it’s probably too late, you’ve spent the day with your thighs getting hot & sweaty. Your legs are now sore, red, and begging for a rest.

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You need to take a moment to look after them!

9. Keep on that weight loss journey

That’s exactly why we’re here… right?! We can do it, YOU CAN DO IT! Come join our Facebook group for more inspiration and advice. There are over 850,000 people willing to help you!

How to deal with chub rub now it's finally summer


Any more tips and tricks for dealing with chub rub? Please comment below and share your wisdom. Our thighs thank you in advance.



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