Groin Sweating

While this is not a pretty topic, it needs to be talked about. No one else is talking about it, so I guess it’s up to me to put on my brave writing face and don my fearless quill to help people. This is intimidating, you guys. I know people who read my blog, and some of them might even be coworkers since they know I blog. Yikes. Two of you who read my blog asked in me the same number of days about groin sweating. Here is what I have to say about it.


Groin sweating can at times be the worst area of the body in which one has to endure sweat. It’s uncomfortable, takes longer to cool off from after an episode, and clothing takes longer to dry in that area. Now, sweating down there is normal. Most people probably sweat more when they are exercising and think nothing of it. People with hyperhidrosis, however, have to worry about this in every aspect of their lives. It affects everything: sitting on chairs, sitting on other surfaces and worrying about leaving sweat marks behind, clothing choices, potential odor issues, the type of fabric you choose when buying a car or furniture (I will never have leather furniture in MY house), and the list goes on. Hyperhidrosis in the groin area can also migrate to the backs of the legs and the behind. As if the groin area weren’t enough, right?


Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, you can still sweat in the groin/buttock area. A cousin of mine likes to refer to it as “swass” (sweaty ass, if you’re a little slow on the uptake). :-) This can be made worse by humid and/or hot weather. If you suffer from groin sweating, the following ideas are worth trying if you want to be drier.



– Skirts to generate air flow
– Men’s boxer briefs (not shorts) underneath the skirt; not terribly sexy, but effective  for absorbing sweat and keeping your legs from rubbing skin to skin, which can trigger more sweat
– Darker colored clothing: black, navy, etc.
– Frequently changing your clothing so that you can be dry


– Deodorant spray: There is an entire section of this in the grocery store, so obviously you are not the only one who has a problem. Think of it as a personal invention just for you and go with it. You can usually find it the feminine care aisle, and they have scents that are not girly smelling, so males can use this, too. Some brand names are FDS and Summer’s Eve.
Cool Wrapps hand made by Denise Bartell: These are reusable washable panty liners made from soft cotton muslin, and they get softer each time you wash them. If you order these, please tell Denise I sent you.
– Unscented/sensitive skin antiperspirant: You can apply this to your groin area. Dove Sensitive Skin is a good brand.
– Baby powder: You can apply this over the unscented/sensitive skin antiperspirant for an added layer of protection. If it’s good enough for a baby’s bottom, it’s surely good enough for you.


There are other options to treat hyperhidrosis. You can visit the treatment page on the International Hyperhidrosis Society website for more information. I’m just sticking to things that are easily obtainable and over the counter for this post. You can also visit the IHHS’ Deals and Discounts page for discount codes on sweat-friendly products.


It’s exhausting living with hyperhidrosis, and it can drastically alter the activities and life occurrences in which you feel like participating. But don’t hold yourself back from life because you have groin sweating. Try to make a few modifications to make it easier to live with. You don’t have to accept the sweating, but you can learn to work with it until there is a cure.  Don’t stop seeking treatment options, and know that what works for one person may not work for you, but the point is to investigate and try everything possible to improve your quality of life.


Leaving wet spots behind is no fun, but together we can navigate the world of sweat.


Read my previous post about sweat-friendly products and techniques.

Note: I was not paid, nor did I receive any products mentioned, in exchange for writing about them. I’m just trying to help you out.

Copyright © 2012 My Life as a Puddle

14 thoughts on “Groin Sweating

  1. t says:

    thank you so much for your blog! you are so brave.

  2. Sherrie Brand says:

    I was hoping to find someone not only able (and willing!) to delve into this issue, this bane-of-my-existence issue… but! someone to suggest products I hadn’t heard of before that I can now try. ANYTHING to help, right?!!

    You mentioned baby powder (which I do use down there, or else I use another body powder called Shower to Shower) but I would like to get your opinion on the possible risks from breathing in the talc/dust, which can lead to many longterm health problems (I understand that taking in many/most of these talc substances are comparable to accumulating asbestos in the linings of the lungs). I wish they’d put warnings on all products containing talc. I believe there was actually a Federal commission regarding this in the past, though dropped at some point. But as I said, I still use the stuff, myself… Though with caution and making sure I don’t breathe in too much of the dust during application.

    Geez… It’s funny now that I “hear” myself talk about it. I know there’s potential side effects or even danger from using these products. Yet, IT’S BETTER THAN GOING THROUGH GROIN SWEATS!! (wow) This is how you know it’s a big issue, my dear!

    thanks again for such an insightful blog:)

    • Hi Sherrie! Thank you for being willing to leave a comment on a post that I was absolutely terrified and mortified to write. As far as inhaling the talc fumes, I haven’t really done much research on that. If you’re truly worried about it, here’s what I suggest.

      – Wear a hospital mask when applying the powder
      – Sprinkle it on your undergarments by holding the container very close to them so there’s less air flow and wafting that will occur
      – First apply antiperspirant (I highly recommend one that is hypoallergenic and fragrance free) to the area and then apply the powder so it has something more to stick to
      – Use your hand to cover the lid and then sprinkle the powder into your hand to reduce wafting talc in the air
      – Remember, you are not alone in this. Even those without hyperhidrosis can sweat in the groin area, and all over. So here’s a shout out to the feminine care aisle of the grocery store where hygiene products like FDS and Summer’s Eve sprays are found! :-)
      – You can try Cool Wrapps, too. They are handmade cotton panty liners that help absorb the sweat. Please tell Denise I sent you!

    • Mike says:

      You want to get “Richmonds clay baby talc” it is not talc and has no crap in it like talc and women cannot use talc anyway and “Odaban”. Odaban needs dabbed on gently using make-up remover pads and tested bit by bit – it can cause contact dermatitis you need to go slow to see if it can help you. Some areas you just can’t use it on. Experiment. I would buy cheap disposable gloves to apply both of these as your hands will get dried out and won’t sweat.

      To wash you need an emollient with anti-bacterial capability to stop odour (this is horrific without this!) I use dermol 200/500 (look those up). Never soap as skin is always damaged with this crap and it won’t kill bacteria anyway. If odour is an issue this is a 100% cure for that aspect as all the bugs are permanently dead if you wash frequently (which you must anyway with this).

      Underwear you need light cotton only. You must have many pairs ready and change and re talc change all day long if things get out of control. Nightmare but it keeps things in order.

      A fan you need to dry the area quickly on/off all day long sweat is acidic it evaporates quickly. Hand-held will work.

      Cold packs. Apply them at night or after strenuous exercise. Works well for sexual activities you can buy some time but your partner will freak hahahaha lol….

      Always use cool water to finish off washing the area.

      If it gets really out of control with skin rash you need to use a steroid cream (see a doctor). Use as little as possible this is a doc only road.

      If that less invasive routine fails you are on to botox. If that fails. Live with it sadly but something should work.

      Diet makes zero difference accep a low sugar diet will keep fungal and bacterial issues at bay.

      You need air con in summer or you will simply be soaking wet 24/7.

      Sitting you need to find seating that is sprung (gets heat away as the sprung seats have air pockets) – and never leather. Office and cheap seating is a NO GO.

      I am a man this is a nightmare to deal with I have had times when it was real calm and times it was crazy. You can work with it to a degree. I have had it loose the plot a few times but usually you can hold it at bay.

  3. Sherrie Brand says:

    Awesome — I have a feeling Denise will be told (in the near future) that “My Life as a Puddle” sent me, heehee! Oh, and also sending my daughter, as well. Chock up another ‘Yes’ in the hyperhidrosis being genetic pile. :(

    Before I go… I just finished reading a few of your other entries and found them all to be informative and hope-filled. Thanks again for everything… you have and ARE such a gift (that I found right around the holidays, too)!

  4. […] I mentioned this before, but I’d like to see underwear, too. There are so many people with groin sweating who could benefit from this. Ideally, the design I’d like to see would be more than a […]

  5. says:

    You just made my day. I have had three surgical procedures due to this condition. I wear mens boxer briefs because I can’t find the girl ones anymore. I use my husbands clippers to keep my business high and tight because I haven’t been able to shave in over 13 years. And now going into the “change” I am having even more issues. Mine is hereditary. My moms twin sister dealt with this and actually had to have reconstruction with skin grafts. I found out that just taking a deep breath and believing that I am a beautiful woman gets me thru …

    • Hi! Thanks for reading and commenting. I didn’t know they made women’s briefs, or used to anyway. Interesting. I do know that Jockey makes kind of a Spanx version of underwear that covers you from the hips to right above the thigh for a smoothing effect under dresses and pants, but I’m not sure of the material from which they’re made. That could be another issue in and of itself if they are not cotton.

  6. says:

    I think i love you. I have had so many surgeries … and yet i still have the condition.

  7. says:

    Oh My! I think I love you! I have had this condition since i first grew hair “there”. No bikinis for this gal. I have had 4 surgeries to remove the sweat glands in my groin area. Keeping my “parts” clipped with a #2 attachment definitely helps. Mens boxer briefs are a must have. Baby powder was not a great idea tho …. it fluffs out thru your dark clothing. My moms twin had this also…she also had several surgeries. I have been “owie” free for 3 years now thanks to the medical procedures and a huge variety of different techniques to stay cool. I am so happy to know I’m not the only woman suffering from this!! Thanks for writing!

    • says:

      Sheesh ….sorry for so many posts….just super excited about not being alone. ..oh! And too much wine. 😉

  8. Tonja says:

    Thank you for the information. This will help me.

  9. A says:

    I had a job interview today and even though I was not wearing many layers, had showered a few hours before, wore clean, breathable clothes and used baby powder. When leaving I noticed I had left a sweat mark on the chair. I pushed the chair under the table and hope they did not notice but when I was about to leave they stood up and changed seats to deliberate and Jesus, please let it have dried in case anyone of the folks decided to sit there during deliberations. I know I cannot change it now but I am so bummed out, if I get a no even if it was just cause I was not exactly who they were looking for, I will blame myself and my body :(

  10. Mandy says:

    Certain Dry rubbed in that area at night and allowed to dry works wonders! It’s cheap and available at CVS, Walgreens, even Walmart. I wish I knew about Certain Dry years ago, it would have saved me a lo of embarrassment in school and life.

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