There are 10 things you can do to stop leaving bum sweat marks on chairs:
- Wear breathable and non-synthetic underwear.
- Pick the right shape for your underwear
- Carry an extra pair of underwear in your bag.
- DON’T wear leather pants.
- Change clothes after a workout or swimming
- Use a cooling cushion.
- Get a chair with breathable fabric
- Stand up every chance you get.
- Take bathroom breaks.
- Apply body powder.
- Trim back pubic hair.
- Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Try sage tea or sage cold tea
- Leave a towel at the office.
- Invest in dark-colored bottoms.
- For Women: Try panty liners to absorb the sweat
- For Women: Try menstrual period underwear
- Get a medical check-up.
I will explain each one of these in more detail as we go through the article.
Swamp ass. Sweaty bum. Butt sweat. Whatever you want to call it.
This happens to everyone.
A hot summer day, an intense day at the gym, stress or even something medical-related can cause your butt to sweat so much that you’ll feel like you’ve been sitting in a swamp.
Having a sweaty bum in itself is already a very uncomfortable feeling, but what if one day, after sitting in your chair for a couple of hours, you notice that you left bum sweat marks on the chairs?
This can be quite embarrassing and can even cause you to become very self-conscious about yourself. If you’re at work when this happens, then you’ll also definitely be less productive if your mind is preoccupied with the discomfort and the constant worry about leaving a wet spot on your pants.
What You Can Do to Stop Bum Sweat on Chairs
Fortunately for you, there is a bunch of ways to prevent excessive butt sweat so you can avoid leaving sweat marks all over your chairs after sitting on it for a couple of hours.
Follow these tips to keep your chairs bum sweat-free.
Wear breathable and non-synthetic underwear
Picking the right type of underwear can help keep your butt cool and dry.
I would recommend wearing breathable underwear; something that is less restrictive, boxers are a good option, as are boxer shorts.
In terms of fabric type, natural fabrics like cotton will allow your skin to breathe and may be a good choice when picking your underwear.
By contrast, synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are especially non-breathable and could potentially make your butt sweat worse. Avoid buying underwear made with these types of fabric.
Pick the right shape for your underwear
When you’re sweaty down there, your inner thighs are continuously rubbing against each other, causing a stinging irritation. This is called chafing.
Wearing short pants or wearing short underwear (‘shorties’ for women, ‘boxer briefs’ for men, or compression shorts at the gym) is the simplest way to avoid chafing down there. This will also be beneficial for reducing butt sweat.
Carry an extra pair of underwear in your bag
Knowing that your bum’s gonna be sweating throughout the day, it would also be good to consider carrying a spare pair of underwear in your bag.
After sitting in your chair at work for a couple of hours in the morning, you can easily put on your spare underwear in the afternoon so you start the second half of your workday feeling fresh and comfortable.
The less time you spend in your damp underwear, the less chance there will be of leaving sweat marks on your chair. Carrying a spare pair is also especially helpful if you have plans to work out or have a night out after work.
DON’T wear leather pants
Wearing the right type of pants is just as important as your underwear when it comes to butt sweat.
Similar to my previous advice, avoid wearing non-breathable pants made from leather or synthetic fabrics, such as polyester.
Wearing unbreathable pants can make it difficult for sweat to evaporate even if you’re wearing breathable underwear. They definitely go hand in hand.
Change clothes after a workout or swimming
When it comes to exercising or any other physically demanding activity, choose moisture-wicking clothes and underwear that are designed to keep moisture from accumulating on your skin.
Also, make sure to change out of your clothes after your workout to prevent yeast infections or skin rashes. This also applies to wet swimsuit bottoms, which if you combine with butt sweat, can be the perfect recipe for a fungal infection or an uncomfortable rash.
Use a cooling cushion
Buying a cooling cushion and putting it on your chair can help let airflow between your bum and the chair.
Both of these help with proper ventilation for your butt. At the same time. it also adds extra comfort when sitting down for long periods of time, so you’re essentially hitting two birds with one stone.
Get a chair with breathable fabric
If you don’t want to get your chairs wet, another thing you can do is to start avoiding leather seats. If you have one at home or at the office, then you should consider swapping it for a mesh chair.
When you’re shopping for mesh chairs, make sure that the seat itself is made of mesh too, and not just the back part of the chair.
However, while mesh chairs are fine in the office, they are not very appealing to look at in your home. If you’re looking for something that is a better fit for your home interior, then try natural fabrics. For example, a woven chair with a grid-like seat is quite breathable.
Stand up every chance you get
Sitting for long periods of time gives your sweat the perfect chance to accumulate enough between your cheeks, and eventually leads to butt sweat marks on your chair.
Try to stand up and walk around for a few minutes whenever you have the free time. This will give your bum a chance to breathe. Plus, you can also take this time to stretch a bit, which can be great for your back.
Take bathroom breaks
Taking the previous tip further, you should also consider taking frequent bathroom breaks and using this opportunity to freshen up.
Grab some paper towels and lightly wet one of them. Use the damp paper towel to gently pat away all the sweat from your bum. After this, use your remaining paper towels to dry the area.
Make sure to avoid rubbing or scrubbing as these can cause irritation.
Apply body powder
Body powders are extremely useful in mitigating and preventing not only sweat, but also bad body odors, as well as skin chafing and irritation. I personally use these mostly for my balls, but these can also easily be used for your bum.
I love the Chassis Premium Body Powder, which is talc-free and has a very light scent (mix of Old Spice + pumpkin). For the ladies, I think the Fromonda (Cool Mint) Body Powder (also talc-free), is an excellent option.
By using body powder, you will feel much cleaner and more comfortable because you’re producing less sweat. It goes without saying that you need to apply it before putting on your pants.
Trim back pubic hair
Pubic hairs (especially if you’re overly hairy), can cause you to sweat more down there.
They can aggravate sweat glands leading to the production of excess sweat, prevents sweat from evaporating, and may even trap unpleasant odors, so giving it a trim/shave/wax (whatever you prefer) can give your skin more room to breathe down there.
Avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol
There are some foods or drinks that you may want to avoid if you know you’ll be sitting on a chair for extended periods of time.
You should definitely avoid spicy food. Our bodies react to spicy food in the same way they do to any other type of heat – they try to cool things down and produce sweat.
Caffeine is also not recommended as it stimulates your sweat glands to produce excess sweat, especially in our palms, underarms, and feet.
Lastly, you also want to avoid drinking alcohol as it causes our body temperature to rise by increasing our blood flow and sugar level, leading to more sweat to compensate.
At the end of the day, we’re all different, so simply pay attention to what foods make you sweat more than normal, and try to avoid these triggers as much as you can.
Try sage tea or sage cold tea
Apparently, sage tea has been used by women going through menopause to reduce hot flashes for generations already, according to this article. In addition, there is also some research suggesting that taking a daily tablet containing fresh sage helps reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes.
Given the above, why not try it for butt sweat as well? I haven’t tried this personally but it could be worth a shot. If you decide to try this, let me know if it helped!
Leave a towel at the office
If you are unable to limit your butt sweat using the tips I provided above, then another thing you can do is to keep a towel at your desk and sit on it so the towel can absorb the sweat.
Alternatively, you can just leave the towel on your chair’s back then just put it in your seat when you leave your desk to go somewhere. This way, you can use your towel to either hide or wipe away the sweat.
Invest in dark-colored bottoms
Producing all that sweat on your bum will not only cause sweat marks on your chair, but it can also lead to a wet spot on your pants.
To counteract this, you can buy dark-colored bottoms, preferably black or dark blue. This won’t stop your bum from sweating but it can reduce the appearance of wetness down there.
If you think these colors are too boring, then you can try wearing patterned clothes (i.e. striped, plaid, etc.) They can be quite effective in hiding sweat marks too.
For Women: Try panty liners to absorb the sweat
If you’re a woman, you might want to consider using pantyliners. It’s not advisable to wear them all day every day (since they retain water), but let’s admit it’s very convenient every now and then!
I’d put one in my panty and replace it later to avoid getting my underwear wet during hot weather or when you’re going out.
I recommend going for higher-end ones for this, such as the Seventh Generation Pantiliners, as they are super soft and don’t get easily torn apart by sweat.
For Women: Try menstrual period underwear
Menstrual period underwear is specifically designed to offer full protection against unexpected leakage during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Now, if these work for that, then this will definitely be enough to prevent your butt sweat from leaking and therefore reduce the chance of leaving butt sweat on your chairs.
Get a medical check-up
If none of my recommendations work for you, then it is probably worth considering going to a specialist as your excessive butt sweat can be caused by medical issues.
They would be much more equipped to find out the root cause and provide the right solutions to addressing your excessive butt sweat problem.
So, as I’ve discussed throughout this article, there are a bunch of things you can try to stop leaving bum sweat marks on chairs.
My advice is to go through each one and see which is the most applicable to your own situation. If you find that none of these tips work, then it is best to go see a professional.
There is no shame in going to a doctor as they probably encounter these cases more commonly than you think. Don’t worry, they won’t judge and they will surely give you objective advice.