Treat raw or chafed skin by cleaning the area, applying a protective barrier and reducing the amount of friction against the skin, notes WebMD. If the chafed or raw area is painful, bleeding, crusted or swollen, an evaluation by a medical doctor is recommended.
Ignoring raw skin is never recommended, notes WebMD. The first step to healing raw skin is cleaning it gently with water and then drying the skin thoroughly. Once clean, a barrier to prevent further chafing and irritation should be used. This barrier is usually petroleum jelly.
Avoiding friction on the raw skin is important to the healing process. Exposing the skin to friction can lead to infection and exacerbation of the problem. If the rawness does not improve after a time, a doctor should be consulted. If any signs of infection are present, an antibiotic ointment may be necessary.
Avoid chafing and raw skin on the groin, thighs and underarms, as well as other areas that are prone to chafing by keeping the skin dry, applying powder to areas that often sweat in order to wick moisture away, and adding lubricant, such as petroleum jelly, to any areas where chafing is possible. Wearing clothes that fit properly, especially when exercising, discourages rawness and chafing, notes WebMD.