Butt sweat is a thing that gym-goers and athletes alike have in common. However, unlike underarm sweat, butt sweat doesn’t produce any odor, it's just unsightly to look at.
This is because of the type of sweat gland found around your butt. There are two sweat glands in our body: eccrine and apocrine glands.
The Apocrine glands are found in your underarms, thus resulting in underarm sweat that produces an odor.
Eccrine glands, on the other hand are located around your butt. Unlike the apocrine glands, the eccrine glands produce no odor.
Let's take a look at ways to prevent swamp ass.
How to Prevent Butt Sweat
Proper Hygiene is Key
Speaking of proper hygiene, that means all over your body. This includes cleaning all hard to reach areas such as under your butt. Sometimes, an unhygienic routine is the leading cause of why a sweaty butts occur. Not to mention that sweat loves to collect in skin folds, which is essentially what your butt crack is. Couple that with tight clothing and you're creating a recipe for disaster.
Use Butt Antiperspirants or Talc-Free Body Powder
It may seem strange to apply an antiperspirant to your butt cheeks but it's worth trying.
There are over-the-counter (OTC) wipe-on antiperspirants that come in a towelette form. There are also prescription wipes that contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate which is stronger than an OTC antiperspirant but it may cause skin irritation.
Using a wipe before bed when your skin is dry will help prevent sweating problems the next day. If you can't find wipes, an antiperspirant spray can also work well. Remember, you're after an antiperspirant, not a deodorant.
You may also consider a Talcum free body powder to absorb excess moisture.
Wear Moisture-Wicking Clothing
It's also crucial to wear clothing that’s made from moisture-wicking fabric as well. Look for fabrics that pull moisture away from the skin and lets your butt breathe.
Loose clothing is also advisable to help improve airflow.
Wear Dark Jeans/Clothing
Wearing dark clothing will make other people unaware of whether you have swamp butt or not.
When it comes to selecting jeans, look for elastane or polyurethane instead of 100% cotton. Elastane/Polyurethane are two types of synthetic fibers that can wick away moisture.
Botox was FDA-approved to fight sweating in 2004. Botox works by blocking the signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. This solution is temporary but works for 3-6 months on average.
However, since the sweat glands on your buttocks are rather spread out, it can be hard to treat. For instance your under-arms are localized and are therefore easier to treat effectively.
If you have the money and it works for you, it may be your best bet. You also won't have to change the way you dress, or apply antiperspirant to your butt.
Butt sweat is an annoying problem that can make you very uncomfortable. Luckily there are a number of ways to prevent it from happening.
Ensure that you're practicing proper hygiene, wearing breathable clothing, and possibly incorporating an antiperspirant or talc-free body powder to prevent/absorb moisture.