There is NOTHING more embarrassing than butt sweat on chairs and first of all, I want to let you know that you are not alone. Butt sweat when sitting is a common problem that many people face and anyone who tells you they haven’t experienced this is just straight-up lying to you.
I’ve spent a long time trying to figure out how to stop butt sweat on chairs, even more so since I started seeing a personal trainer and had to deal with the embarrassment of it happening while I was training!
In this blog post, I’m going to break down a variety of methods I have tried to avoid bum sweat on chairs and how these have worked in real-life situations. The methods I have found to work the best to stop butt sweat on chairs are:
- Wear cotton or moisture-wicking underwear
- Avoid tight pants (especially leather pants and tight denim)
- Regularly apply baby powder
- Change your underwear frequently
- Wash and dry yourself throughout the day
That may be enough for you, but if you’re like me and want to know more about these different methods and how you can use them to stop bum sweat then let’s get into it.
First of all, let’s look at why this happens because you have absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about.
- 1 Causes of Butt Sweat on Chairs
- 2 How To Stop Butt Sweat On Chairs
- 3 Cotton underwear & loose pants = the best combination
- 4 Remember, we all have swamp bottoms
Causes of Butt Sweat on Chairs
Everyone sweats but how much you sweat may be more than others. Excessive sweating can make trying to tackle bum sweat even harder because if you are naturally a sweaty person, you will experience this most.
The sweat marks left on chairs come from sweat glands (apocrine glands and eccrine glands) located near your butt, particularly between your cheeks which don’t get a lot of air to them anyway, let alone when you are sitting down for long periods of time.
Again, this is totally normal.
When the sweat accumulates it can cause sweat marks on chairs which is the number one cause of why this happens.
So if you happen to have an office job where you are sitting for long periods of the day, this will make you sweat in places you don’t want to.
How To Stop Butt Sweat On Chairs
Ok, now that the most embarrassing part of this blog post is over for all of us, let’s get to the reason why you’re here.
As someone who experiences bum sweat on chairs from sitting for long periods of time, I have tried all of these methods and I want to let you know which ones work the best depending on the situation.
Wear cotton or moisture-wicking underwear
Natural materials like cotton will allow your butt to breathe better than other materials. You should avoid polyester or lycra-style underwear at all costs. In fact, particularly for women, it’s infuriating how often we are sold poor quality underwear considering we have other body parts that need breathable materials too! Stick to natural fabrics where possible.
Avoid tight pants
Tight pants will cause exactly the same problems as having the wrong material for your underwear, so you should avoid tight denim or leggings if you want to prevent butt sweat. Leather or synthetic fabrics in general should be a hard no.
Non-breathable pants made my butt sweat on so many occasions I can’t even tell you. Again, ladies, this goes for other body parts too!
Use baby powder
Baby powder (or any kind of body powder) can reduce friction and temperature. It also absorbs moisture. So it stands to reason that applying baby powder should work to prevent sweat but keep in mind that this can be messy and may need to be applied multiple times per day. Personally, I found this to be too time-consuming when trying to combat butt sweat.
Use an antiperspirant
Antiperspirants will help to keep your butt cool and dry but beware of scented antiperspirants, especially if you are a woman and you are spraying it close to neighboring body parts! Out of all these tips, this one is my least favorite but I have to admit the few times I have used an intimate antiperspirant, it has worked very well to avoid a sweaty bum.
Change your underwear regularly
If you’re finding you sweat so much that your underwear is becoming damp then you’ll need to find time in your day to regularly change your underwear. This isn’t ideal but it will help to prevent unpleasant smells and bacteria growth, and most importantly, it will prevent sweat marks on chairs from forming.
Know where the bathrooms are
You may find the only way to prevent bum sweat on chairs is to regularly wash your butt. I get it, this is pretty gross. But applying a damp paper towel initially to cleanse the area and then using a dry paper towel to absorb any excess sweat will make a big difference to how you feel and it should definitely help prevent bum sweat on chairs.
Cotton underwear & loose pants = the best combination
Avoiding tight pants and wearing breathable underwear are the two tips here that have worked best for me. Since adopting this approach, I experience bum sweat far less than I did before I made these changes.
The last thing you want to do is worry about leaving sweat anywhere you sit, or feeling like your buttocks are sweating too much for you to relax and get on with your day, so it’s worth making these changes to your wardrobe if it improves your mindset and anxiety over excessive sweating.
I’m going to say it because your colleagues or friends probably won’t. We all experience butt sweat on chairs and we have all wondered how to avoid butt sweat without having to admit we are experiencing it. All we can do to combat this is avoid excessive sweating but for those of us who spend a lot of our days in a seat, we have to get a little more creative with how we tackle this!