By: Ash Merscher
When summer is near, boob sweat appears. Well, actually, under boob sweat can happen in any season, but warmer months only intensify the battle. When your body is hot, it sweats to cool down, and your pits aren’t the only victims. That’s why I swear by hemp fabric (it’s antibacterial and breathable!) and the boob sweat solutions provided by WAMA's racerback bralette and triangle bralette.
But there are many other ways to reduce that uncomfortable and embarrassing dampness, which all go hand-in-hand with WAMA's hemp philosophy. I’ve gathered 17 solutions to help you, once and for all, say goodbye to under boob sweat.
WHAT CAUSES SWEAT UNDER BREASTS OR SWEAT BETWEEN BREASTS?
You’re born with 2-4 million sweat glands, and you’ll find them all over your body, particularly under your arms, on the soles of your feet, on your palms, and in your groin area. But you’ll also find extra moisture in other places, too, like where your skin folds. That can include under and between your ta-tas.
If you have cleavage, then you’ve probably endured boob sweat. It can happen to anyone with breasts, but those of us with larger boobs tend to suffer more.
IS BOOB SWEAT A BAD THING?
Although boob sweat is entirely natural, it can be uncomfortable, irritate the skin, and leave embarrassing marks on your clothing. When you’re damp under your breasts, your skin can chafe and attract bacteria, leading to a common rash called intertrigo. When occurring frequently or if not treated, the inflammation can cause infection.
Besides bothersome rashes, sweat between breasts or under your boobs is just plain uncomfortable. You may feel sticky or find yourself constantly tugging at your clothing. I'm all for the au naturel — like wearing sustainable fabrics. However, I also know that even natural boob sweat can be dangerous and make you feel bad.
So, let’s get to it! Here are 17 solutions to beat that always-annoying boob sweat.
1. SAY NO TO SYNTHETIC MATERIAL
2. DITCH THE PUSH-UP BRA
Much like synthetic materials, push-up bras also trap heat and moisture. They perk up your boobs by using silicone gel or foam padding. Although you may enjoy the lift, the filling locks in warm moisture and intensifies your boob sweat.
3. CHOOSE A BREATHABLE BRA
Breathable bras and moisture wicking bras are excellent for reducing both under boob sweat and sweat between breasts. You probably already wear one when you go for a run, attend a yoga class or head to the gym. But sports bras aren’t always comfortable for everyday wear.
4. TRY A BRALETTE
If you’ve ever entered the bralette vs bra debate, then you know bralettes provide a different style of coverage. They don’t have padding or underwire, so the fabric sits lightly on your skin and lets it breathe more. I love both WAMA’s racerback and triangle bralette because they keep things airy and enhance your breast’s natural shape.
5. CONSIDER A COOLING BRA
What is a cooling bra? Some bras advertise special cooling linings to help keep your breasts sweat-free. But, in reality, this is usually nothing more than a moisture-wicking lining. WAMA's hemp products fall into the definition of a cooling bra, as they naturally reduce moisture and provide antibacterial protection.
6. BUY A BRA LINER
If you prefer to wear a traditional bra, you can still reduce under boob sweat using bra liners. Typically made with breathable materials like hemp, bamboo, and cotton, they provide a moisture-wicking barrier similar to a cooling bra. Your conventional bra will still hold in heat, but the liner can help reduce moisture.
7. APPLY PANTY LINERS
If you don’t want to buy a bra liner, you can always use panty liners instead. Yes, it sounds a little silly, but those babies know how to absorb moisture! Just stick them inside your bra cups and let them consume the dampness rather than your clothing.
8. USE A BOOB DEODORANT
There’s no denying that deodorant is a sweat gland’s worst enemy. Some brands prevent sweating altogether (antiperspirants) while others mask the smell. Since boob sweat is the real deal, you can find products that keep the areas under and between your breasts dry. Although there isn’t any conclusive evidence linking breast cancer and aluminum deodorant or antiperspirants, you can find natural boob deodorant that’s aluminum- and cruelty-free.
9. TRY TALC-FREE POWDERS
Powders also help alleviate boob sweat by absorbing the moisture that forms under or between your breasts and reducing friction. If you use a powder, look for something without talc. Because talc in its natural form contains asbestos, it can increase your risk for ovarian cancer by almost 2%.
10. APPLY ANTI-CHAFING CREAMS OR GELS
An alternative to deodorants and powders is anti-chafing creams and gels. You can find many natural options. Although they won’t prevent you from sweating, they will reduce chafing that occurs as a result. So at the very least, you’re preventing irritation, potential rashes, and infection.
11. TRY ARGAN OIL
Another option is argan oil, a natural anti-chafing solution. You can use it to alleviate skin irritation and smooth skin, as it’s incredibly moisturizing and mimics your body’s natural oils. Essential oils have many different benefits, and argan oil is chock-full of them.
12. CARRY WIPES
If you’re not someone who sweats heavily and you just need a brief refresher from time to time, then consider carrying wipes with you. Many brands offer natural wipes that freshen your skin and reduce moisture. So if you feel a little sticky with under boob sweat, you can simply wipe and go.
13. OPT FOR LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING & AIRY FABRICS
Keep things breezy and airy by wearing loose-fitting clothing. Better yet, opt for a natural and breathable fabric like hemp, bamboo, linen, or organic cotton. These materials help air flow naturally through your clothes so that you stay cooler on warmer days. Peruse some sustainable fashion blogs and look for hemp clothing brands.
14. WASH YOUR UNDERWEAR REGULARLY
Yes, even your bras. Because boob sweat can lead to bacteria growth, you want to wash your bras after a sweaty day. But don’t just throw them in the washing machine. It’s important to know how to hand wash bras to keep their shape and prolong their life. A freshly-washed bra is better able to keep moisture in check.
15. PACK A TOWEL
If you sweat more and wipes won’t do the trick, pack a small towel with you. It might sound inconvenient, but you’ll thank yourself after a workout or sweaty summer commute. You can use it to dry off in other areas, too.
Or, try the Ta-Ta-Towel, which works like a halter top cupping your boobs and supporting them with fabric over your neck. Although you can’t wear this throughout the day, it’s an excellent option for drying off after a shower, lounging at home on a humid day, or for new moms who need to catch that leaky milk.
16. WEAR BLACK
If your primary concern is those embarrassing sweat marks under your boobs, then the quickest solution is to wear darker clothing. Black is my favorite for hiding sweat, but you can also try dark blue and (sometimes) white. Steer clear of grey (the worst contender) and light-colored fabrics.
17. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
If you find that you sweat excessively without much relief from these solutions, you may want to chat with your doctor. Professionals estimate that 5% of the world population suffers from hyperhidrosis, a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Treatment options include oral medication, natural remedies, laser therapy, and even Botox.
CONCLUSION: JUST SAY NO TO BOOB SWEAT
Just because you have a nice set of ta-tas doesn’t mean you have to suffer from boob sweat. With so many hemp clothing benefits, you can solve the problem by simply switching up your fabric. But all of these tips and tricks will help keep your chest cool, breezy, and sweat-free.
What will you try first? Will you opt for an airy bralette or grab the argan oil? Let me know in the comments!