This post is dedicated to all the women out running who brave and live with chafing caused by one of the most essential pieces of running gear for women – Sports Bra! I used to think that I was an anomaly with insane chafing on the bra line on my chest but seeing so many women post on various Facebook groups, I am comfortably in the norm. Sports Bra Chafing is real and very much a nuisance for any woman who exercises regularly.
What causes Sports Bra Chafing?
Sports Bra Chafing is caused by … you guessed it, Sports Bra (or heart rate monitors for guys) rubbing tiny little bits on your skin. It is intensified due to sweat and salt, especially in the summer months.
How to avoid Sports Bra Chafing?
1. Get a proper bra fit
It is surprising how much of a difference a bra can make! I always thought that the looser the bra strap was, the better it is to prevent chafing. Turns out that you need the perfect fitting so that the bra strap won’t budge when you are running. No/minimal movement = no/minimal Sports Bra Chafing. There are plenty of great bras out there (Lululemon, Enell, Moving Comfort, Champion, …) but they only work if you have the right size.
2. Replace your bras periodically
Just like running shoes, sports bra wear out. Don’t ask me to show you the wear on the bra though! I’ve never been able to figure out where exactly I need to look for that. But I do know that when I start the sports bra chafing even on super short runs or bike rides, it is time for me to start replacing them.
3. Use an anti-chafe product
That chub rub between thighs where we so (un)delicately apply a blob of anti chafe product, slather that on the sports bra line as well. Body Glide, 2Toms Sports Shield, Tri Slide, Vaseline/Aquaphor are some popular anti-chafe products amongst athletes.
4. Try Rock Tape on the bra line
Rock tape is my not-so-secret weapon against chafing. I tape my entire chest and haven’t had any issues since. The tape stays on almost a whole week on my body inspite of my heavy sweat. The con to this is that my heart rate monitor doesn’t seem to read through the rock tap.
5. Get out of your wet bra ASAP
Sitting around in your soggy clothes doesn’t help. The wet sports bra traps moisture that is a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, yeast, and other germs. In case you are not able to get into a shower immediately, wet wipes help minimize the festering of germs.
How to treat Sports Bra Chafing?
If you do chafe, treat it with diaper rash cream immediately after a shower and pat dry. The diaper rash cream (like Butt Paste or A&D ointment) is messy and sometimes stains clothes, but is amazingly quick at healing those sports bra chafing.
And this goes without saying – wear lose, breathable clothes while it is healing.
What tips do you have to prevent Sports Bra or Heart Rate Monitor chafing?