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6 Things to Consider when Choosing the Best Chafing Gel

Updated on May 7, 2012

Chafing gel is not something that we think of until we really need it, but finding the best product may not be all that easy. Knowing what to look for can save you a lot of time, money and effort. Let’s explore some of the things you should consider before you choose a specific product?

All-Over Use

It’s a fact that chafing can occur anywhere on the body, but it’s most often the parts of our bodies where the skin is most sensitive that suffer the most. This is why it’s a good idea to look for a chafing gel that can be used anywhere on the body, even on the sensitive areas such as the inner thighs or bikini area.

Soothing and Non Irritating

The best chafing gel will help soothe the skin and shouldn’t be the cause of any further irritation. The gel you choose should be suited to irritated or even injured skin, because constant chafing can cause injury over time. A chafing gel that encourages healing while soothing the skin is the best option, especially if your skin is already red, irritated or broken.


Some chafing gels contain ingredients that stain whatever material it comes into contact with. It’s best to choose a gel that doesn’t contain ingredients such as talcum powder. This ingredient is known for leaving white slippery marks behind on clothing. The gel should also leave a clear residue on the skin, it should not seem white when it dries.

Quick-Drying Gels

Look for a chafing gel that dries quickly. This will be an important consideration, especially if you are on a tight schedule. Slow-drying gels may mean not getting dressed until the gel has dried, and this can cost you valuable time. If clothing is put on over wet chafing gel, it won’t be as effective, and could also end up staining your clothing.

It’s also best to look for a gel that dries to a silky and almost powdery layer on the skin, but it should be clear not white. The protective layer is what stops chafing, but it shouldn’t rub off or transfer onto your clothing.

Ingredients to Look For

Look for ingredients such as Dimethicone because this helps form a dry and smooth residue that will be breathable. This also helps the skin heal. Silicone oils usually do not cause irritation and can be used as often as needed.

No Added Fragrance

The best chafing gel should contain no added fragrance. If you’re male, you wouldn’t want to wear something that smells too feminine, but it may even be best for the ladies to avoid scented chafing gels. If you’re already wearing deodorant, perfume, or scented body lotion, you would not want a scented chafing gel clashing with the scent of those products.


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