Excessive groin sweating can be caused by several factors, but for those who suffer from chronic excessive groin sweating it is often caused by either primary focal hyperhidrosis or secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. Unfortunately for those with hyperhidrosis, groin sweating can become so intense that people may frequently soak through undergarments, experience embarrassment, and have to deal with health complications that arise when skin is exposed to constant moisture.[1] However, there are ways to decrease groin sweat and manage it effectively.

How Does Powder Help with Groin Sweat?

Excessive sweating and constant moisture can wreak havoc on the skin that covers the groin. It can cause issues like maceration, jock itch, body odor, warts, and bacterial infections, among others.[2] This makes it crucial for people who experience consistent moisture around their groin to find ways to keep it dry. While powders will not prevent sweat production, they can protect the skin from moisture damage in a few different ways. When powder is applied to the groin it is able to:

  • Absorb moisture and promote a dryer environment
  • Cool and soothe the skin around the groin
  • Prevent and lessen itching
  • Prevent chafing and skin break down[3]
  • There are several different types of powders that can be used on the groin. The most popular type of powder is called talcum powder, this is typically what is used in baby powder, and many other products on the market. Some studies have linked the use of talcum powder to a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer in women. This is because some natural forms of talc have been found to contain asbestos, which is a cancer causing agent. There are other types of powders that can be equally useful. The most popular alternative to talc based powders are cornstarch powders. Other products may use another type of powder base like baking soda, oat flour, or other types of commercially made powders.[3] There are various types of products available on the market made especially for use on the groin, like Carpe’s No Sweat Groin Powder, that use different types of powders for safe and effective use.[4]

    How to Apply Powder to the Groin

    Applying powder to the groin is a quick and easy process. It is a little different depending on whether you are a man or woman, but in either case it is a simple procedure. Here is how:

    For Men:

    1. Take a shower or bath and cleanse your groin area. Powders work best if used right after the skin is cleaned. Make sure the skin is completely dry before applying the powder.
    2. Sprinkle some powder into your dry hand or onto a clean cloth. Most of the time you can do this by shaking the bottle or can upside down. Use less rather than too much, you can always add more if you need it later.
    3. Rub it onto the skin of your groin and butt, wherever sweat accumulation is an issue. You should aim to do this for about ten seconds until the powder is evenly spread around the problem area.
    4. Check to make sure the powder is spread out well and will not come off on your hand. It is important to make sure you covered the skin of your balls as well as any areas between your legs that may chaf.
    5. Put your clothes on and enjoy your day![5]

    For Women:

    1. Take a shower or bath and cleanse your groin area. Powders work best if used right after the skin is cleaned. Make sure the skin is completely dry before applying the powder.
    2. Sprinkle some powder into your dry hand or onto a clean cloth. Most of the time you can do this by shaking the bottle or can upside down. Use less rather than too much, you can always add more if you need it later.
    3. Rub it onto the skin of your groin and butt, wherever sweat accumulation is an issue. You should aim to do this for about ten seconds until the powder is evenly spread around the problem area.
    4. Check to make sure the powder is spread out well and will not come off on your hand. It is important to make sure that you do not put any powder in your vagina, instead dust it around your vulva. It is also important that women avoid using powders made of talc so they do not expose themselves to unnecessary risk.[6]

    What to Do if Powder Isn’t Enough

    If you are regularly using powder on your groin and not finding enough relief, consider looking into other ways to prevent groin sweat production. There are also ways you can control excessive groin sweat that may be worth researching. The first solution most doctors will recommend it the use of over-the-counter antiperspirants. These can be effective for some people, but not all will find them beneficial. For those who don’t get relief from antiperspirants the use of oral medications or botox injections are the next mainstays in treatment. Botox injections have been found to be one of the most highly effective treatments for groin sweating related to hyperhidrosis.[6]

    If you are struggling to manage your groin sweat then don’t give up! There are effective treatments and more options are becoming available each day.

    Sources
    1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
    2. Common Complications of Hyperhidrosis. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/common-complications-of-hyperhidrosis
    3. What Causes Excessive Testicular Sweating, and How Can I Treat It? (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.healthline.com/health/what-causes-excessive-testicular-sweating-and-how-can-i-treat-it
    4. Carpe Takes Aim At Groin Sweat, Launches Groin Powder With Precision Lever Sprayer. (2019, May 22). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from http://classifieds.usatoday.com/press/carpe-takes-aim-at-groin-sweat-launches-groin-powder-with-precision-lever-sprayer/
    5. How to Apply Talcum Powder. (n.d.). Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://manscipated.com/how-to-use-talcum-powder-for-men/
    6. Butler, K. (2019, June 5). Why You Get So Sweaty Around Your Vagina—and How to Deal With It. Retrieved August 8, 2019, from https://www.prevention.com/health/a21097060/sweaty-vagina/