From OpenwaterpediaHair-on-skin chafing is friction, irritation or lacerations in the skin due to repeated rubbing of hair 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 on his arms due to his chin rubbing on every breath.
1275–1325; ME chaufen to heat, rub, chafe.