Okay, let’s face it, there’s no delicate way to talk about butt sweat. It keeps you awake at night, worrying about what the weather will be like at tomorrow’s baseball game. It has you avoiding the dance floor even though you know you can bust a move. You’ll play a power round of golf with the boys but be very nervous about the color of your shorts. You dread being stuck in a muggy conference room for hours in fear you’ll stand and look like you had an accident. In other words, whether it's hot or not, “swamp butt” is one of those embarrassing, uncomfortable issues that you don't want to talk about – or ask about.
When you’re dealing with sweat in an area where ventilation is not at a premium, you’re bound to get accumulate moisture in the heat of the moment. However, excessive moisture that seeps through your clothes can be embarrassing.
If you are suffering from a swampy seat, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide on butt sweat. You'll learn what makes your butt sweat, when to talk to your doctor about your sweaty butt (and other medical issues), and how to prevent or stop butt sweat.
This post was published in July 2019, and updated in April 2020 and February 2021 so you're all set for the summer season this year.
If you're wondering embarrassing questions like "why does my butt sweat so much," you're not alone – many people struggle with this experience and don't understand sweaty bum causes.
The reality is that your butt is an area where the sun doesn’t shine, and the air doesn’t flow either. You’ve got two areas here that can cause sweat. There are your butt cheeks, and then you’ve got your perineal area, which is the spot between your legs from your butt to your genitals. This just happens to be one of those spots that tend to sweat more than other areas. Combine that with the fact it's close quarters down there, and your sweat glands are begging for air.
You’ve got two types of glands that produce sweat:
So, your butt cheeks have the non-stinky glands, while the apocrine glands in the perineal area produce the thicker, smellier sweat. You can also have additional sweat dripping down your back, causing an even swampier mess in your nether regions. Although everyone sweats, not everyone sweats excessively.
If this sounds like a scenario that’s uncomfortably familiar, there is a chance you might have hyperhidrosis.
When you suffer from excessive sweating, you could have a condition called hyperhidrosis. The condition causes you to continuously produce sweat, regardless of the temperature or even your stress level.
Sweating is not only normal but also serves an important job to help keep us from overheating. The water and salt produced when sweating cools, the skin as it evaporates. However, when you are sweating to the point of dripping all the time, this is not normal sweat gland function.
When sweating becomes so excessive that it looks like you peed your pants, then chances are you have hyperhidrosis.
It makes sense that confined areas of the body, such as the butt crack, provide an ideal spot for sweating. Between two rather confining buttocks, the sweat gets stuck there, creating a myriad of issues.
With all that sweat, you can develop more than just wet shorts and leaving sweat on chairs. Adding fuel to the fire, when your butt crack is always sweaty, you’re creating a factory primed to produce a whole lot of woes. We are talking serious overgrowth of bacteria and yeast, the main culprits that cause intense itching. You can also develop rashes and infections.
Some of the common issues caused by butt sweat include:
All these conditions can have you tugging at your shorts in a desperate attempt to relieve the itch.
Should you see the doctor for a sweaty butt? Well, yes. If you are sweating to excess, you could have hyperhidrosis, but there are also other underlying health issues that could be causing it. You want to rule out anything serious while finding out if anything can be done to help with your issues.
For example, some underlying health issues could include:
With these conditions, you probably have some other symptoms as well, but that’s why you’re visiting the doctor. They can discuss your overall health and will know what else to look for if they suspect it could be more than hyperhidrosis.
You also want to speak to your doctor if you are experiencing other issues down there, including:
Any skin challenges or infections should really be taken care of right away, as all that dampness will just make matters worse.
If it turns out that you are suffering from excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, there are medical treatments you can discuss with your doctor. These may help with how to stop butt sweat and they include:
Although there are also medical procedures available for different areas of the body affected by hyperhidrosis symptoms, none of them are currently recommended in the groin area.
If meds aren’t your style, or your doctor does not feel they will be effective for you, these lifestyle changes can also help stop butt sweat. Not only will they reduce sweat, but many of them are also going to help you lose weight and enjoy improved health. The less weight you carry, and the healthier you are, the less you will sweat.
As mentioned, stress adds to excessive sweating. Finding ways to reduce stress in your life will help. You can try:
More and more people are looking for natural ways to manage their health. If this sounds like you (or if other things aren’t working for you), try some of these home remedies:
When applying anything to your skin, always test it in small areas to make sure it doesn’t sting or cause irritation.
One of the first and best ways to combat butt sweat is to learn what not to do if you want to keep the sweat to a minimum. Here’s what you should avoid doing, no matter what:
If you're looking for other ways to prevent butt sweat, we've got you covered.
If you aren’t having luck with the treatments available, try out these tips to make living with butt sweat easier.
Bring extra clothing and underwear wherever you go. This way, you can change when things get a little too swampy for comfort, or worse, your sweat leaks through your pants. Your “go” kit should include pants, sweat proof underwear (buy in our shop or on Amazon), baby wipes, and powder. You can wipe everything away with baby wipes, make sure you are thoroughly dry, and then apply some powder before changing into your fresh clothes.
Find out the bathroom locations wherever you go so that you can navigate quickly in case of a “squishy tushy.” This will make it easier to change or wipe yourself down in a sweaty emergency. It will also help prevent a panic attack and lessen anxiety as you’ll have a plan of action.
Because moisture in the nether regions is so irritating, never scrub and rub when drying off. Always pat gently to remove sweat, starting with a damp paper towel. The damp towel removes the sweat while helping to avoid friction. You can then use dry paper towels to pat dry the area completely.
As mentioned, when you sit for too long, you are contributing to the perfect storm. Your butt crack is like a “canal” for sweat to trickle down and land in a pool at your butt cheeks. By moving around more often, you help avoid the sweat from pooling to create those embarrassing wet butt stains.
There’s a reason mothers have used baby powder for centuries to help little bums avoid diaper rash. Just a light dusting on the cheeks helps absorb moisture and reduces friction, which causes rashes. Always choose corn-starch-based powders as talc is tied to some forms of cancer.
If you experience pain or itching, instead choose a medicated powder such as Anti Monkey Butt Powder, Zeasorb Excess Moisture Powder, or trusted Gold Bond Ultimate Body Powder.
We’ve already provided some basics for clothing to help you avoid swampy butt. However, you also want to look good while doing so. Because your clothing choices can add to your sweaty woes, try out these fashion tips:
Cotton is a butt sweater’s best friend, which is why it is often used in athletic wear. This is an excellent option when you hit the gym as it wicks away moisture. Because it’s so versatile, you can also choose cotton clothing for nearly any other event or function.
Linen is nature’s other breathable fabric, which tends to come in looser weaves. It helps keep you cool in hot weather and is the material of choice in warmer climes around the world. Keep in mind that it tends to wrinkle. Another natural fabric option is hemp, which is becoming more mainstream. It helps keep air flowing to protect your skin.
Wearing layers might seem like the complete opposite of what you should do to avoid sweating, but it will help absorb excess sweat. Layer your shirt with a 100% cotton undershirt or an Ejis sweat proof undershirt (buy in our shop or on Amazon) with back and underarm protection. Remember a lot of that butt sweat can be trickling down your back or even from your pits. So, if you choose a comfortable undershirt, it will help keep everything drier.
Choose darker colored pants to avoid the stains and marks from being noticeable if you do sweat through.
In hand with your snug-fitting undershirts, choose looser fitting pants and shirts. They allow you to have better airflow and also keep the fabric away from your skin. Always aim for a perfect fit at the waist and enough length. In other words, avoid skin-tight, short shorts, and baggy, sagging pants.
Ejis sweat proof boxer briefs (buy in our shop or on Amazon) and are designed specifically for people with extensive butt sweat issues. They use premium, comfortable micro modal fabrics in combination with odor-fighting silver and an ultra-thin waterproof layer to protect the backs of your legs, your crotch, and of course, your butt.
Quality sweat proof boxer briefs help you enjoy a drier, more comfortable day. This is your number one line of defense against butt sweat, whether you are facing the summer heat, watching a major league ball game, in it for the long haul at a day-long, sit-down conference, or being the best man at your brother’s outdoor wedding.
Although excessive sweating can be miserable, use the suggestions in this guide to help you go through life with a drier, happier, and even healthier butt.