Chafing of the skin - Doctor answers

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Is peeling/chafing of the skin a good thing when using 2% salicylic acid astringent on face? Should it be doing this?

Is peeling/chafing of the skin a good thing when using 2% salicylic acid astringent on face? Should it be doing this?

Doesn't sound right: Salicylic acid is a drying agent. Your findings could mean that you're drying the skin of the face too much. Lessen the potency of the formulation or try another product altogether. ...Read more

Chafing (Definition)

Chafing is skin irritation because of something rubbing against the skin, such as from clothing or sports equipment. Helpful ideas include avoiding rough clothing, wearing 100\% cotton fabric, cutting off clothing tags, or changing to different types of sports clothes and sports activities to decrease the rubbing on ...Read more


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My vaginal lips often swell when on my period. This time they seemed to have become chafed and the skin was itchy and cracked? Now the skin is peeling

My vaginal lips often swell when on my period. This time they seemed to have become chafed and the skin was itchy and cracked? Now the skin is peeling

Ouch!: The vulva is not a spot that is conducive to public scratching or is endured with patience. Obviously, the vulva is reacting to your menstrual flow, pads, or harsh soaps in the area. Eliminate the soaps, douches, and prolonged use of "medicated" mini or maxi pads (including panty liners) and if this continues see a GYN MD for causes. ...Read more

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What would cause my partners penis to become chafed with dry peeling skin after sex? My vagina or the sex itself?

What would cause my partners penis to become chafed with dry peeling skin after sex? My vagina or the sex itself?

Could be: Either lack of lubrication or dried vaginal secretions. If he doesn't have any pain or itching, less likely to be an allergic reaction or infection. ...Read more

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Big swollen pimples, chafing dark skin around the pantyline, brown, grey, yellow discharge foul smell, I need a cure. Please help. Do I need a doctor?

Big swollen pimples, chafing dark skin around the pantyline, brown, grey, yellow discharge foul smell, I need a cure. Please help. Do I need a doctor?

Hidradenitis?: You should see a doctor. In particular you may want to consider seeing either a dermatologist or a general surgeon. If this is hidradenitis suppurativa then early treatment can be effective and improve quality of life. The sooner you see someone the sooner this can be correctly diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Bumpy rash on inner thigh near vagina? Not inside of my vagina or lips and I'm pregnant. Possible causes? Chafed skin from shaving? First time w/ this

Bumpy rash on inner thigh near vagina? Not inside of my vagina or lips and I'm pregnant. Possible causes? Chafed skin from shaving? First time w/ this

Ingrown hair?: Have your dermatologist or OB eyeball the skin, dies not sound serious, but it's important to have a set of trained eyes on the subject. ...Read more

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How do I lighten the dark skin on my inner thighs due to chafing?

How do I lighten the dark skin on my inner thighs due to chafing?

Skin lightening: There are the otc products like meladerm cream, dermology skin brightener and skin bright skin brightener that work welll. There is also kojic acid, ambi fade cream, palmers fade cream, and others. Your dermatologist can write for a stronger bleaching cream called hydroquinone. ...Read more

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Some skin on the side of my penis got chafed raw. It heals with sensitive pink skin (that chafes again easily) but will it ever get back to normal?

Some skin on the side of my penis got chafed raw. It heals with sensitive pink skin (that chafes again easily) but will it ever get back to normal?

Most likely...: It isn't a skinned knee, but if you picture that it might help. First after scrape is pink / thin / delicate skin that is easily reinjured. Then over time (up to few weeks) it strengthens to normal. If it's been much longer, then should see dr, as might be fungal infection or other issue present. ...Read more

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I have a very acidic stool and it burns the skin around my anus causing my skin to chafe badly. When I wipe I notice a grainy residue on the tissue.

I have a very acidic stool and it burns the skin around my anus causing my skin to chafe badly. When I wipe I notice a grainy residue on the tissue.

Please see: Please see a gastroenterologist to have this evaluated. They may also have you see a dermatologist to check your skin. ...Read more

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I have dry, dark skin on my bum. Where the cheeks meet at the top. I have never had this before. Is this a cause from chafing or excess sweating?

I have dry, dark skin on my bum. Where the cheeks meet at the top. I have never had this before. Is this a cause from chafing or excess sweating?

Dry skin: There are many possible causes. First step to take care of this is to confirm good hygiene (daily shower or bath) and change underwear daily. Apply moisturizing lotion twice daily. If not better in one week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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The skin on the shaft and base of my penis became red, itchy, chafed w/no bumps/blisters, 3 days after I clipped in that area. What could this be?

Razor burn: Skin infection/razor burn. Keep the area dry, wash with gentle soap and water, keep moisturized, and avoid sexual activity until resolved. If not improving, see a local doctor for possible antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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What can I do too lighten my skin around dark areas due to chaffing?

What can I do too lighten my skin around dark areas due to chaffing?

Topical medication: If I understand correctly, you have eczema and when it heals you are left with darker skin in the affected areas? There are creams (tretinoin, hydroquinone) that can be used to treat what you have (called post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation) but these are by prescription. ...Read more

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What can I do to help skin that is chaffing betweeny thighs?

What can I do to help skin that is chaffing betweeny thighs?

Corn starch to keep: Skin dry, cotton clothing to prevent allergy and irritation for a start ...Read more

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I have discoloration and chaffing between my butt cheeks.  what do you suggest to get my skin back to its natural color?

Decrease chafing: There may be psoriasis, yeast or fungal infection. This will not be able to treated adequately with o/c creams. Mica tin cream o/c could help a yeast or fungal infection. This could be combined as tolerated with lac5 for gradual peeling of dark skin. Top layer should be diaper cream to separate skin to decrease friction. For prescription strength cream see dermatologist. ...Read more

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rash/dry skin, itchy around vaginal area-assume from chaffing, . Working in malaysia so it is very hot and always in the sea. What cream should I use?

rash/dry skin, itchy around vaginal area-assume from chaffing, . Working in malaysia so it is very hot and always in the sea. What cream should I use?

Itchy vulva: My advice is to avoid tight clothing, wear white cotton panties and obtain a cream like mycolog which contains an antifungal, antiyeast medication combined with a cortisone type medication which relieves irritation and itching. Hopefully you won't have to visit a gynecologist. ...Read more

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I have chaffing from my vagina to anus and skin loss. Started as itchy before cycle but got much worse during cycle. Used monistast and antibiotic oin?

I have chaffing from my vagina to anus and skin loss. Started as itchy before cycle but got much worse during cycle. Used monistast and antibiotic oin?

Show a doc urgently: Any kind of skin loss is a major cause for concern. In this sensitive area, it's highly important for a doctor to assess the extent of damage to your skin and figure out the risks you're exposed to. Not to scare you, but you don't want a more serious problem arising from a breakdown of the all-important skin barrier. Possibly you're allergic to topical agents used--maybe made it worse. Call MD now ...Read more

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Red skin & dry chaffing around upper lip area. Cant shave moustache?

Red skin & dry chaffing around upper lip area. Cant shave moustache?

Rash in moustache: Seborrheic dermatitis is common in the moustache/beard area as well as scalp, central face, chest and back. Washing the area gently with a dandruff shampoo may help. If this does not help or if there are open sores or pustules, please see your dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more