7 Anti-Chafing Creams Made For Shorts Season

There's plenty to look forward to when it comes to summer: beach trips, bike rides, breaking into your favorite high-rise shorts. Unfortunately, some of these seasonal activities come with one not-so-fun side effect: chafing. 

Chafing — a.k.a. the Debbie Downer of June through August — is the result of increased moisture and friction, which typically occurs with activities like exercising, biking, running, or even walking. "Chafing is the repeated skin-on-skin or fabric-on-skin contact that can lead to dryness, irritation, blistering, or breakdown of the skin," Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, NYC-based dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology, previously told Refinery29. It can happen anywhere that skin or fabric touch, but the hot spots are the inner thighs, armpits, and nipples. 


There is a way to prevent this summer torment, and that's lubing up with anti-chafing creams, which luckily come in formulas and packaging that are far more appealing than they sound. We rounded up a few of our favorites, ahead.

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Chamois Butt'r Coconut Anti-Chafe Cream

Created specifically with cyclers in mind, this cream leans on ingredients like organic coconut oil, aloe vera, and shea butter to moisturize and soothe while reducing friction around your bike shorts.
Chamois Butt'r Coconut Anti-Chafe Cream, $15.69 Buy


If you've been subjecting your bikini area to a revolving door of waxing, shaving, spray tanning, sunscreen, and sweaty outdoor yoga this summer, it might be in a current state of "WTF." This cream, which fights in-growns and dryness while also preventing chafing, will get you and your upper thighs back on better terms.
conditionHER conditionHER, $29.99 Buy

Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick

The internet went crazy over this deodorant-like, powder-scented stick — and our editors are huge fans of it, too. The balm, which never leaves behind a greasy residue, will spare your silk skirts from staining while keeping your thighs happy. It's a win-win.
megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick, $13.99 Buy

Monistat Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel

What it lacks in sex appeal, Monistat's anti-chafing gel makes up for in efficacy. A unique powder-gel blend, it goes on smooth and keeps painful blisters at bay.
Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel, $5.99 Buy

Body Glide For Her Anti Chafe & Moisturizing Balm

This no-frills option is as easy as swiping on a sunscreen stick, and if you're looking for a budget-friendly pick, you can snag it for under $10 on your next Target run.
Body Glide For Her Anti Chafe & Moisturizing Balm, $7.49 Buy

Queen V Anti-Chafe Stick

Come for the ice-cold margarita scent, stay for the slippery finish that brings short shorts and happy hours back together where they belong.
Queen V Anti-Chafe Stick, $12.00 Buy

Gold Bond Friction Defense Stick Unscented

Yes, the same company that prevents itchy balls and stinky feet also makes a killer anti-chafing stick. Sure, it smells more like medical ointment than fresh-cut roses, but marathon runners swear by it and that's an endorsement if we've ever heard one.
gold bond Friction Defense Stick Unscented, $5.29 Buy
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