Your 5 Top tips to stop wetsuit chafing
No matter if you are a consummate professional or a passionate beginner, every outdoor swimmer, triathlete, water-skiing, paddle boarding, water sport enjoying wetsuit wearer, at some point will experience chafing. Wetsuit neck chafing is the most commonly reported chafe associated with wetsuits and water sports. The area around the neck can often develop skin irritations from wetsuit chafing, sometimes known as a wetsuit rash. To stop wetsuit chafing neck and prevent wetsuit rash and prevent chafing, follow these top tips to stop wetsuit chafing.
Use a quality waterproof lubricant like Body Glide (The original anti-chafing balm) or use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) as part of your wetsuit chafing prevention routine. Lubricate the areas where you are chafing the most. This is most commonly the neck area, armpits, crotch, wrists and ankles. The lubricant forms a barrier between you and the neoprene of the wetsuit, safeguarding your skin. If you are using any of these products on your wetsuit, make sure to rinse your wetsuit and clean any excess from your wetsuit after use.
2: Wetsuit Fit
Wetsuit fit is a key component to reducing the chafe. When wetsuits are too big, the additional looseness allows water into the wetsuit. This increased water ingress increases the movement or slack in the wetsuit, allowing it to move more and therefore increasing chafing. So make sure to get a wetsuit that fits and fits correctly.
3: Change the wetsuit
Some brands may have a better cut for your body shape and frame, but not every wetsuit is cut the same. Every body shape is different and if you have only ever swam, surfed, paddle boarded etc in one or two brands, maybe it is time to go looking further afield. Either choose a shop with a good returns policy or with a good selection and a changing room and then give them all a try until you find the one best suited for your body.
- Check out our Best Swimming Wetsuits Guide.
4: Wear a Rash Guard to prevent wetsuit chafing
If you’re going to be spending any time in a wetsuit, it’s a good idea to wear a rash guard underneath. This will help to prevent chafing and keep you comfortable. Rash guards are made from a material that is quick-drying, breathable and has UV protection. The best materials for rash guards are polyester, nylon, spandex or a combination of these materials, i.e. a stretchy material that allows them to move with the body. Rash guards are often worn as an additional layer under a wetsuit to prevent chafing. Rash guards are designed to prevent chafing by providing a layer of protection between the skin and clothing.
How to choose the right rash guard?
When choosing a rash guard, it is important to consider the activity you will be using it for and the climate you will be wearing it in. Rash guards come in different thicknesses and lengths, so you need to make sure you choose one that will suit your needs. If you are going to wear your rash guard on its own, then make sure it fits snugly but is not too tight as this can restrict movement and cause discomfort. If you are wearing your rash guard under a wetsuit, then make sure it is not too loose, as this could cause water to enter your suit which would defeat the purpose of wearing both layers!
5: Time and experience
Over time, the skin will toughen up and become more resistant to chaffing. Sometimes you need to embrace the pain to get the gain. Wetsuits, rashes and irritated skin sometimes go hand in hand until the skin becomes accustomed to the new activity. Sometimes all you need is time until then lubricate.
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