From OpenwaterpediaFabric-on-skin chafing is friction, irritation or lacerations in the skin due to repeated rubbing of fabric (of swimsuits, wetsuits, technical suits, stinger suits, swim caps, goggle straps or lenses, or protective swimwear) against skin and body parts.
Types of Chafing
There are fundamentally 4 types of chafing:
1. Skin-on-skin chafing: improper stroke mechanics can cause chafing as can a cross-over kick or breathing.
2. Fabric-on-skin chafing: a swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, protective suit (e.g., stinger suit), or wetsuit can cause some mean chafing.
3. Hair-on-skin chafing: facial and body hair can cause chafing.
4. Beard-on-skin chafing: facial hair can cause chafing.
The swimmer always used Vaseline to prevent chafing under his arms.
1275–1325; ME chaufen to heat, rub, chafe.