What is Surf Rash?

Surf rash has always been an unavoidable part of surfing. Starting off as an irritating skin abrasion, surf rash appears when your skin is exposed to saltwater. The skin, softened by the saltwater, becomes irritated due to repeated friction against your own skin, wet suit, clothing, or surfboard. Repetitive motions like paddling, sitting while waiting on a wave, or repeatedly getting up and laying down on the board can cause these abrasions to worsen. Skipping the proper protection and care, these mild abrasions can develop into bleeding, open sores. 

Preventing Surf Rash

For years surfers have used rash guards, and petroleum jelly to prevent surf rash, but these solutions come with some drawbacks:

  • Petroleum jelly, while ok at stopping a rash from forming, tends to rub off easily which can turn your board into a slip and slide, and the petroleum can eat away and degrade some wet suits.
  • Rash guards are great but really only help on the upper body.

Body Glide® Products Protect – The original Body Glide® product was made by a surfer who was tired of his wetsuit rubbing against his neck (a.k.a. surf rash)

The drawbacks of these conventional methods are why more and more surfers turn to and recommend Body Glide®’s line of products as their go-to skin and anti-chafing balm.

  • Waterproof and specially formulated with plant-derived materials, just one swipe of a Body Glide® balm can last all day.
    • Unlike petroleum jelly, Body Glide® products aren’t greasy and won’t harm wetsuits or clothing.
    • Apply the balm to your armpit area, rib cage, chest, inner thighs and neck to stop surf rash before it starts.
  • Sun with SPF 30 can be used to prevent chafing and sunburn.

Whether you’re surfing multiple sessions on the North Shore or a weekend warrior that hangs ten on Sundays, Body Glide®’s lineup of balms are the #1 anti-chafing brand surfers recommend.

What are your tips for beating surf rash? Tell us in the comments!

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