It’s possible I have the most sensitive skin on the planet.
And living in Florida where it’s hot and sunny year round, that can be more than a bit of a challenge. Sunscreen is absolutely crucial, but nearly every brand I’ve ever used causes my skin to break out in either adolescent acne, or a rash that can range from looking like bug bites all the way to chicken pox.
See? This was the result of a bad sunscreen experience about a year back.
Another “fun” side effect of having such sensitive skin is that products that are designed to prevent chaffage can also cause a rash or irritation that causes my bum to look more like a baboon’s than a normal human.
In fact, my husband has dubbed the effect “hyena ass.” I’m not posting a picture of that, you’ll need to use your imagination. It’s bad.
So when I interviewed Coner Mullervy for Trail and Tarmac and he mentioned Doc’s SkinCare chamois cream as being his absolute favorite, I decided to do a bit of research.
From Doc’s website:
At Doc’s Skincare, we’re committed to making the highest quality and longest lasting natural skincare products for serious athletes who demand the most from their bodies.
They just developed their latest product, a SPF 30 sunscreen, and are well known for their natural Chamois Cream, that can also be used to prevent chaffage on other parts of your body.
Naturally, I had to try both. Here’s what I thought.
The Claim: Broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection with safe minerals
Decrease your risk of sun damage, skin cancer and premature aging with the all natural minerals. Doc’s Natural Sunscreen safely and effectively blocks damaging UVA & UVB using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Decrease your exposure to bizarre and harmful chemicals found in store brands.
What I Thought:
This stuff is absolutely incredible. It’s a spreadable formula (rather than a lot of the sprayable ones on the market), that’s very liquid-y and absorbs easily. The sunscreen is fragrance free, and the consistency makes it easy to apply, see where you’ve applied. It blends quickly and doesn’t leave any sticky, oily, or crunchy residue.
I’ve used this nearly a dozen times now, on everything from short 30 minute runs to 3 hour rides. Most recently I wore it this past weekend during a half marathon where I was outside for a total of 5 hours without applying (not recommended).
Not only have I not sunburned even once, but my skin has remained pimple free and not irritated in the least.
The best part? This isn’t one of those sunscreens that makes sweat pour off of you into your eyes and then burns like hell.
I’m a sweaty girl no matter what, but this stuff stays put and definitely does the job.
The Claim: Naturally formulated chamois cream with tea tree oil
Longer lasting, natural protection against chafing. No toxic chemicals that penetrate your skin. No petroleum-products to clog your pores and eat up your padded cycling shorts. Just safe, natural & proven ingredients to protect your butt and enhance your performance. Doc’s Natural Chamois Cream with tea tree oil is the chamois cream alternative with over 95% all-natural ingredients. And this stuff is guaranteed!
What I Thought:
I’ll admit, once I opened this bad boy up, I was skeptical. One of the ingredients is natural tea tree oil, which smells a little medicinal and ever so slightly like a really mild Vick’s Vapo Rub, and I couldn’t really imagine rubbing that all over my lady bits.
But hey, I’ll try anything once, so on a particularly hot ride last weekend I slathered up and set out for 45 miles in the 90 degree heat.
The formula of this cream is just that, creamy. It reminds me of a whipped shea butter type product, only not oily at all. It was just slightly tingly, but not unpleasant, and the sensation went away almost immediately.
45 sweaty miles later I peeled off my favorite spandex tri shorts and inspected the goods.
First thing I noticed right off the bat, my bottom wasn’t nearly as red as it usually gets. While I could still see where my saddle had been positioned, I wasn’t dealing with baboon butt right off the bat.
Where I REALLY noticed the difference though, was over the next few days. Typically following a long ride I can expect some serious irritation on the nether bits that will sometimes even blossom into a bit of a rash complete with clogged pores. After use Doc’s Chamois Cream, nothing. My skin looked normal!
Not quite ready to shout their praises just yet, I’ve it three more times since, on rides both long and short with similar results. The addition of this cream made for really comfortable riding conditions, and have kept my nether region in tip top shape from a chafing perspective.
My ONLY caution- if you are someone who saves your… ahem… bits, defiantly don’t apply it right after shaving.
That pleasant tingle? Kind of a raging furnace if you happened to cut yourself and give yourself razor burn.
Otherwise, two thumbs up on this product! I’ve also started using it on hot spots on the bottom of my feet, and under the strap for my heart rate monitor (typical areas that chafe a bit for me), and have had great results.
So moral of the story, if you’ve never tried Chamois Cream, TRY THIS ONE. Chances are, you’ll love it!
So readers, now it’s your turn. Do you suffer from hyena ass? What sorts of products do you use to help with chafing? Favorite brand of sunscreen? Respond in the comments!