We’ve all seasoned a car seat or two with booty dew. The earth is warming and so are our buttholes. None of us is immune to butt sweat, but there are ways we can prevent swamp ass from becoming a problem. Sit on your most absorbent towel as we talk causes, solutions, and when it’s time to take your sweaty rump to a doctor.
What is Swamp Ass?
Swamp ass is the butt version of pit stains. The addition of underwear, body hair, pants, and sitting makes it feel like you should raise gators back there. The good news? Every booty sweats. Even tiny hairless vegan butts. It’s a totally normal body function that’s mostly just inconvenient and embarrassing.
Why Does My Butt Sweat?
Your whole body sweats to cool itself. Your hammies just happen to be the victim of some cruel science.
If rubbing two sticks together can make fire, imagine what two flesh globes are doing in your pants. They’re building heat! It’s basically two hot hams back there, rubbing up on each other. This creates natural friction, which leads to heat, which leads to butt sweat.
When we exercise, our heart rate and blood pressure increase. This causes our body to heat up, which triggers the sweat response to help our bodies cool down. Don’t worry if you’re quick to get slick. Fitter folks tend to sweat more and faster than people who are less fit. It’s a positive sign that your body is doing its work.
Imagine taking a hot shower. Your bathroom gets steamy. The mirror is foggy. You open the door and steam spills out. Soon, the bathroom is cool and steam-free. But what if you never opened that door? Tight clothing is akin to hopping in the shower and keeping that bathroom door closed –– it’s like hotboxing your crotch.
It’s safe to ass-ume that igloos are not swamp ass central. Heat and humidity warm up the body, which is the first and only step you need to start sweating. Add in some compression from sitting on a mower or in a sticky subway seat, and you’ve got prime marshland out your backdoor.
Anxiety sweats are a thing. Your sweat glands can be activated by nerves, which respond to emotions and stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. This can cause cold sweats, where anxiety triggers your fight or flight response. Cold sweats mean your body is preparing to run. And when you feel stress, you may experience an increase in heart rate or blood pressure, causing your body temperature to rise. Cue butt sweat! Long story short, if you’re dealing with stress pit stains, you’re probably dealing with a soggy bottom.
News flash! You may be having a hot flash! It’s not just stress hormones that can cause butt sweat. High levels of Estrogen and progesterone contribute to night sweats and hot flashes. These symptoms are commonly associated with PMS and menopause, as well as hormonal medications like birth control. Thanks, ovaries!
Your overall capacity to sweat is determined by your DNA. Some of us are predisposed to sweat more. Elite athletes, for example, may sweat more to help their bodies perform optimally. Silver lining for the excessive sweaters!
This is the medical term for excessive sweating. And we don’t mean during intense exercise. Hiperhidrosis can happen even when your body has no physical need to cool down. 2.8 percent of the population experiences clinical levels of sweating, which can be a signal for other health issues––more on that below.
How to Stop Butt Sweat
Glands are gonna gland. While you can’t make butt sweat completely disappear, you can set your booty up for max comfort and freshness. Here are a few common tricks to transform your sweat spot to a sweet spot.
Wear The Right Underwear
Different conditions require different undies! Breathable cotton is best for day-to-day. While moisture-wicking fabrics like bamboo are great for the gym to keep butt sweat from accumulating. You could also try light period panties to absorb excess perspiration on super muggy days OR free-ball it entirely.
Keep Your Bottoms Roomy
Flowy or baggy bottoms made from natural fabrics let the air in. Cotton, linen, chambray, and jersey are all winners. Dark bottoms, tho warmer in the sun, can also conceal dreaded butt sweat patches.
Stand As Much As Possible
Sitting for long periods of time presses sweat deeper into your skin. Releasing those cheeks from your desk chair or patio furniture encourages air flow while inhibiting bacteria growth.
Pack A Spare Pair of Undies
Sometimes it’s best to just send in reinforcements. If you feel weird about carrying undies around in your purse or laptop bag, bring a backpack or gym bag to work. Stank forgiven. No questions asked.
Try Booty Anti-Perspirant
Make your deodorant say yes to crack. Your butt crack. The same stick that services your pits can do double duty for your booty. We recommended going fragrance-free or purchasing special body deodorant to protect your booty from irritation.
Apply Anti-Chafing/Medicated Powder
There’s a reason body powder is the standard for every diapered butt. It absorbs moisture throughout the day, keeping things drier in and around your badonk. If you’re worried about baby powder whitewashing your pants, look for one that’s talc-free. If you experience a lot of itching along with your butt sweat, invest in some medicated body powder to protect against chafe while cooling your skin.
Activate Your Body’s Quick-Cooling Spots
If you’re experiencing full-body sweats which of course affect your bum, try putting your hands and feet in cold water. (Or keep a foot fan rolling at work.) Wrists and ankles have loads of pulse points with blood vessels close to the skin. Cool them down, and your entire body will stop pumping out the sweat.
Butt Sweat No-Nos
Boycott Nylon or Polyester Undies
These synthetic fabrics can create skin irritation, rashes, and bacteria growth. You want healthy air flow back there, and you only get that from natural fabrics or going commando.
Avoid Tight, Thick Bottoms
Breathable undies can’t do their best work if you layer them with thick fabrics. So avoid the summer denim and leather pants. Unless they’re ass-less, in which case––pics or it didn’t happen.
Change Out of Sweaty Clothes
While this won’t affect how much you sweat, it will protect your booty from bacteria, yeast growth, and that monkey butt itch. Sweaty clothes turn into Petri dishes real quick.
Steer Clear of Heavily Fragranced Deodorants
If you try a standard underarm deodorant on your booty, tread lightly–– anything with added fragrance can irritate your skin.
Abstain from Wet Wipes
If you want to refresh things down-there, use plain old water from your shower, a reusable cloth, or your trusty TUSHY bidet attachment. Wet wipes can contain microplastics and additives that irritate your butt skin’s microbiome.
When to See a Doctor
If you’re gushing way past dewy on the daily, you may be among the 2.8 percent of the population with hyperhidrosis aka excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis can sometimes signal a larger health issue, like:
- Thyroid problems
- A nervous system disorder
- Or even certain types of cancer
Before you panic on WebMD, trust that these conditions typically present with additional symptoms, such as:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain
- Night sweats
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heart rate
Curveball: Many of these symptoms could also be caused by an anal abscess. Anal abscesses occur when one of the small glands in your anus gets clogged and becomes infected. Normally, you’d experience pain and discomfort on your booty, in addition to other symptoms like fever, fatigue, and night sweats.
Even if your sweat isn’t caused by a serious medical problem, a doctor has some treatment options that you can’t get from Amazon. Tools like Botox injections, Miradry, and lasers offer long-term relief from sweat that you can’t get from deodorant and cotton. A specialist can walk you through all your options, no sweat.
Butt sweat is nothing to sweat over. It’s so human that it can even attract the opposite sex. Learning more about this normal bodily function can help us feel less embarrassed about our own booty swamp.
Simple steps like wearing breathable undies, using deodorant, and refreshing with a TUSHY bidet attachment are generally all that’s needed to keep booty soup in check.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Normal to Have a Sweaty Bum?
Yes! Sweat is the body’s natural method of regulating its own temperature. It’s your body’s A/C. And there’s some evidence that the skin of the booty has a higher concentration of eccrine glands, a specific type of sweat gland. Eccrine glands release odorless sweat straight to the skin’s surface. They are mostly found in high-sweat areas like the palms of our hands, our feet, foreheads, and armpits.
Even if there’s nothing particularly special about the butt that makes it sweat more, consider that air is what helps sweat evaporate. For most of us, the ass is generally enclosed in your pants and crammed up against a seat, which doesn’t let much air through. Heat plus friction minus air equals sweat. Sweat = normal.
Does Shaving Bum Hair Reduce Sweat?
Depends! If you’ve got a thick mane on your rear kisser, it may be adding heat and friction to the mix. Heat and friction do create more sweat. More likely, the hair back there is collecting smells. Shaving that Sasquatch booty could help keep everything cleaner and fresher, if not way less sweaty.
How Can I Stop Sweat In My Private Area?
Wearing breathable underwear (cotton + bamboo), loose-fitting fabrics, and body deodorant goes a long way in preventing spicy privates. You can also try removing body hair and changing clothes when you feel especially sweaty.