Before the introduction of chamois cream, budding cyclists were said to use a juicy piece of steak to prevent saddle sores; after a day’s ride, the beef would be tender enough for the cyclist to enjoy for dinner that evening!
Thankfully, the introduction of chamois cream to the market means you no longer have to use steak to prevent chafing and sores during your ride.
A relatively new product available to riders, chamois cream is an antibacterial salve that eliminates friction between your skin and your cycling shorts, while also reducing the presence of nasty bacteria that may cause sores or abscesses.
While chamois pads no longer need lubricant, chamois cream can still be incredibly beneficial in preventing discomfort as well as more serious medical issues.
There is no right way to apply chamois cream. Application of chamois cream will be different for every rider, however, most riders find that applying chamois cream to areas that experience pressure during a ride is the most effective way to prevent sores.
This usually means the bones of your pelvis and sometimes the area surrounding your buttocks or genitals; It is not recommended that you apply chamois cream directly onto your genitals, particularly for female riders.
Most chamois creams contain a combination of natural ingredients ranging from Glycerin to Witch-hazel Extract and Almond Oil. Most chamois creams also boast paraben-free formulas and are generally gluten-free.
When purchasing a new chamois cream, be sure to check out the ingredients yourself, as some chamois creams can contain products such as menthol, which can be quite irritating for those with sensitive skin or for females.
Assos Chamois Cream:
Renowned amongst cyclist as being the best chamois cream on the market, Assos has created a cream that is suitable for both synthetic and natural chamois pads.
Now in its fifth reiteration, Assos utilizes all natural ingredients to ensure your skin is protected from friction and infectious bacteria.
Not only does this non-greasy formula completely prevent saddle sores, but it also rehydrates and restores your skin, leaving your skin feeling softer and your chamois pad more supple than ever.
Assos is suitable for those with sensitive skin, however, this cream does contain menthol which can cause discomfort or irritation in some individuals. Be sure to test patch this product and avoid contact with your eyes and sensitive areas.
Like most chamois creams, Assos is easy to use. Simply place a light layer directly onto your skin or the chamois padding inside your shorts.
While Assos Chamois Cream is slightly more expensive than most creams available on the market, it is suitable for use on almost all brands of cycling shorts and a little will go a long way in preventing chafe.
Assos also produces a female-friendly version of their chamois cream, providing a unique formula specifically for female cyclists in order to prevent possible thrush infections.
DZNuts Pro Chamois Cream
Perhaps the most hardworking chamois cream, DZNuts Pro Chamois Cream uses a four-point strategy to not only treat but prevent chafe and saddle sores.
Utilizing a combination of pre and probiotics, anti-chafing, moisture absorbing polymers and natural anti-inflammatory ingredients, DZNuts drastically reduces your chance of infection by promoting beneficial skin flora growth and will decrease the discomfort and healing time of pre-existing sores.
Similar to the Assos Chamois Cream, this cream also contains menthol, leaving you with a cooling, tingly feeling which some riders may find uncomfortable.
DZNuts Women’s Bliss Chamois Cream provides female riders with all the benefits of their original cream, without the menthol, making it much more suitable for use in delicate areas.
Both DZNuts products are available for a reasonable price and come in a handy flip top tube, leaving your cream free of unnecessary bacteria.
Chamois Butt’r Original Anti-Chafe Cream
Chamois Butt’r Original Anti-Chafe Cream is another all natural chamois cream that works well in preventing saddle sores.
This all-natural product is free of artificial colors, fragrances, and parabens and it is also gluten friendly. Every tube of Chamois
Butt’r Original Anti-Chafe Cream is produced to adhere to the standards of FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines and is completely free of any form of animal testing.
Unlike many other chamois creams, Chamois Butt’r can be used on already irritated skin, soothing chafe and sanitizing sores to assist in the healing process.
Furthermore, this chamois cream can be purchased in a tube, preventing any bacteria from making its way into the cream. To use, apply a thin layer of cream to either your skin or your chamois for a painless, more enjoyable ride.
Chamois Butt’r can be purchased here. Great reviews and cheaper than the Assos cream.
Petal Power Joy Ride Women’s Natural Anti-Chafe Chamois Cream for Cycling
This plant-based formula designed specifically for women will leave you feeling fresh and chafe-free for hours after your ride.
This silky cream is free of parabens, uses no petroleum products and is completely free of animal testing or animal-based ingredients, making it suitable for those following a vegan lifestyle.
Furthermore, this cream contains no menthol, tea tree oil or peppermint oil, eliminating any unpleasant tingly or burning sensations that may be experienced whilst using other chamois creams.
Lightly scented with pomegranate, Petal Power Joy Ride Chamois Cream is formulated by one of the nation’s leading botanical skin care experts and is completely safe to apply to your delicate areas or sensitive skin.
This product is also completely grease free and will not leave hard-to-remove stains on your chamois.
Petal Power is incredibly affordable and an excellent choice for those who may have never used a chamois cream before. While this product is marketed for women, men can use it too!
Unfortunately, the jar for this product has been known to leak, so be sure to keep an eye on it when you’re traveling to avoid any spillage.
Chamois cream is simply a must for anyone who is interested in pursuing cycling or any other high intensive sport where chafing may occur. Not only does chamois cream work wonders in preventing saddle sores and chaffing, but they also work hard to decrease moisture and prevent infection.
All of the above products are available on Amazon at a reasonable price; Trust me, it’s worth the investment!
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