Sand Chafing

Sand Chafing

How to Treat & Prevent It

Chafing can strike you anywhere, anytime — that’s just a fact of life. But particularly, sand chafing, or chafing that’s caused by beach activity, can be among the worst and most uncomfortable kinds. When you’re relaxing on the shores, the last thing you want to be worried about is an uncomfortable rash that you just can’t shake. Let’s check out ways to avoid beach chafe, and see what we can do to treat and heal it if it does happen.

Protection & Prevention

What did we say our number one rule was when it came to getting rid of chafe? That’s right — we said “prevent and protect at all costs.” The best thing you can do to avoid beach chafe is to stop it from happening in the first place. According to Healthline, one of the biggest things you can do to prevent chafing is to wear dry, friction-free clothing. hat means sticking to your casual beach wear or sporting your chafe-free trunks. You can grab more tips about chafe-free clothing on our blog. The second step you can take to prevent sand chafe is to apply anti-chafe products to prone areas. For example, try using deodorant or powder if you know you’re going to be exposed to the elements on a given day. Lastly, avoid staying wet for long periods of time. If you opt for a fast-drying piece of clothing, that’s great, but try not to lounge around too long in damp clothes. Instead, bring a change of clothes and get dressed in something more suitable once you know you’re out of the water for the day.

Sand Chafing Treatment

If your body succumbs to the evil beach chafe, it is unfortunate, but you’re not totally out of luck. One easy way to help treat this is to rest — and that shouldn’t be hard to do if you’re at the beach. Change into some dry clothes that protect the affected area well, and kick your feet up to avoid more tension or friction. If this plan is off the table and you need to stay busy, make sure you apply a powder or Vaseline-like ointment and wear clothes that stay snug to the area. The one thing you don’t want to do is wear something loose that spreads the rash. For example, if your thighs are chafed, be sure to wear a pair of compression shorts underneath your pants or shorts.

The Holy Grail of Healing

How do you heal chafing fast? Sorry pal, there’s no fast track on this one. Again, the best thing you can do is relax and lay off any water or beach activities for the day, or remain calm and treat the area with some topical solutions. According to VeryWell Health, with proper sand chafing treatment, your skin can heal itself between one to two days depending on the severity.

Overall, it’s important to understand what triggers beach chafing and how you can treat it when it happens. After all, the beach is supposed to be fun, right? If you’re interested in learning more about types of swim trunks with compression liners that can help you avoid this whole chafing mess, get some more tips from the DryGuys on our blog. Have a boy in your life that complains about these things? Check out our entire line of boys' chafe-free trunks, or shop our new collection of rash guards and swim shirts to protect yourself up top too.


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