Excessive groin sweat can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. But you (and those around you) don’t have to suffer in silence. There are a number of products and strategies that can help you not only feel better but reduce the funk as well.
There’s Sweat…Then There’s Sweat
First, it may help to understand the process that’s going on down there. There are two main types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine.
Eccrine glands occur over most of your body and open directly onto the surface of the skin (and particularly areas like the palm of the hand and the sole of the foot). Eccrine glands secrete fluid onto the surface of your skin when your body temperature rises, where it cools the body as it evaporates. This fluid is mainly water and salt.
Apocrine glands occur in areas with hair like your groin or armpits: they empty into the hair follicle just before it opens onto the skin surface. Apocrine glands produce a milky fluid that most commonly is secreted when you’re under emotional stress. This fluid is odorless until it combines with bacteria found normally on your skin.
Some strong medications can result into body odor as well. Diabetic patients, for example, can smell like acetone because of the insulin medication that they take. If you drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or cigars you may have a bad body odor as well.
Products That Can Help
Gold Bond Medicated Powder (and their generics): It’s been around for over 100 years: Brett at The Art Of Manliness comments that Gold Bond “is how Gramps powdered the balls of steel that stormed their way up Normandy.” 🙂 The active ingredients are Menthol (for anti-itch and a mild cooling sensation) and zinc oxide (for protecting the skin). Other ingredients typically include talc (as the “carrier”) and various salicylates.
Grooming Lounge Super Powder takes a slightly different approach. It’s made up of several zinc compounds (and fragrance) in a talc carrier for more of a moisture control application.
Powders like these can be a bit messy if you’re distracted when applying them. You can reduce the mess by using a powder applicator (sometimes called a “powder puff”).
I’ve tried all these products and they all seem to work well.
Some Other Strategies To Combat Groin Odor
Wash the area thoroughly. Don’t just wipe some soap on the area. Use some pressure and get into all those nooks and crannies. An antibacterial soap could also help too. If you’re uncircumcised, be sure to clean below your foreskin.
Gillette recently publicized a study (that they funded) that found shaving after washing (in this case, the underarm) was over twice as effective as washing alone in reducing odor:
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In the case of the groin you don’t have to shave yourself bare (and some medical professionals say it’s actually more beneficial to have some hair rather than no hair) but “pruning the hedges” with a beard trimmer can help keep odors down. Pubic hair traps dampness and odors, and also makes it difficult for the underlying skin to stay cool and dry.
After washing, dry completely. You’ll reduce body odor if you reduce moisture. Dry out your junk completely before dressing—especially during the summer when you’re hot all the time. Damp towels or washcloths also accumulate bacteria, so they could contribute to the problem too: make sure you’re using clean, dry linens when you step out of the shower.
Cotton briefs and clothing can help keep your package funk-free.
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What other products do you find work well for keeping Ryan’s privates under control? Leave a comment!