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Chamois cream: have you heard of it? What is chamois cream really for? How do I apply chamois cream? If these are some of the questions going through your head right now,  you’re in the right place. We’re going to explain all of this to you in this article, so keep reading on for all the info you could ever need on chamois cream. If you’re a professional cyclist or an avid rider, you know that having quality tools in your kit for all conditions is essential to performing at your best.

What is Chamois Cream?

Chamois cream can come in various forms such as creams, balms, and powders. Most importantly, chamois cream is an antibacterial, viscous substance that helps to eliminate friction between skin and clothing which prevents chafing. This can be helpful especially during a long bike ride, hike, or during strenuous activity that leaves you needing moisture, “down there”. Let’s face it – ignoring even minor chafing can result in weeks of being off your bike while you heal! The right skin care ahead of time can reduce down time.

Where Does Chamois Cream Come From?

Dating back to the 1940s, bicyclists used shorts designed with thin leather padding that prevented the fabric from rubbing against the leg. The piece of leather took its name after the animal that was used to make the padding, the chamois. Using leather from a goat-antelope only found in mountainous regions of eastern Europe. There needed to be a better solution. Chamois cream was then invented to nourish the fatigued leather which then evolved to the anti-chafing cream we have today.

What Is Chamois Cream Used For?

Cyclists and hikers are the typical users of this substance, but this is ideal for anyone who suffers from abscess’, which are intense saddle sores that can lead to requirement of medical attention if not treated. These may grow into open wounds and make it very painful to walk and ride if not treated. Its’ benefits include:

  • Friction Elimination: Chamois cream creates a protective layer between the fabric and skin helping your body glide smoothly without any friction.
  • Friction Prevention: Antibacterial and antifungal agents in the cream help prevent infection.
  • Relieves Minor Aches: Some creams contain compounds that trigger a light anesthetic/cooling effect on the skin.
  • Washable: Chamois cream easily washes off the skin and clothing with soap and water, unlike vaseline and petroleum jelly.


Where can I apply chamois cream? Great question! This cream can be applied anywhere on the skin but the common areas include the inner thigh, underarm, crotch area and buttocks because this is where chafing is most likely to occur. Apply a generous amount enough to cover the irritated area, but do not overdo it! It is important to avoid intimate areas as well. Here are 5 easy steps for applying chamois cream:

  1. Apply chamois cream before activities.
  2. Use about a quarter-size amount of the cream.
  3. Rub liberally on the skin (or fabric if you prefer).
  4. Reapply as needed or every few hours.
  5. Wash off with water and soap and the end of the day.

About Zevlin Bike Skin Care for Cyclists : Creator of Crack and Super Crack Chamois Cream

Our chamois cream and skin care products are made in the USA. And from the highest-quality natural ingredients for cyclists of all kinds, whether for trails, roads, or indoors. We want you to be able to focus on your ride, not on your chamois. Crack and SuperCrack are formulated to protect you for any distance and length of time without reapplying, no matter how hard you’re working or the weather conditions. Our BYOT and Leg Shave Cream make your post-ride plans easy-peasy. (Follow us on Facebook!)


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