Beating Boob Sweat: 24 Solutions to Keep Your Bust Dry This Summer
While there are many things to look forward to when the weather warms up, boob sweat is not one of them. Whether it’s a first date or taking a quick jog, boob sweat is an unwelcome guest that seems to invite itself to all of your summer plans.
Boob sweat, or perspiration between and under your chest, is normal and most women will experience it at some point or another — but that doesn’t make it any more tolerable. If you’ve experienced the dreaded boob sweat, you know that this uncomfortable occurrence can literally put a damper on your day.
What’s more, if not managed properly, excess boob sweat can cause heat rashes under or around your breasts. Don’t worry, from choosing the right bra to tata towels, we’ve got sweaty boobs covered. If you have plans where you’ll be exposed to “humid-titty” this summer, read on to discover 24 ways to keep your chest dry.
1. Choose the Right Bra Size
Boob sweat is uncomfortable and bra-fitting problems will do you no favors in warm weather. During the sweaty summer season, it’s more important than ever to have a comfortable and properly fitted bra.
Having a bra that fits correctly can go a long way to keep you comfortable during summer activities and also prevent chafing during your next boob sweat session. Not to mention, breast chafing can be a result of wearing an ill-fitting bra that is either too small or too big.
2. Change Your Bra Style
When dealing with sweaty boobs, the simplest fix is changing your bra style. Oftentimes, bras that are too thick or have extra padding can induce sweat under your boobs. Look for lightly lined bras, made with breathable materials that won’t trap heat and will allow any moisture to evaporate.
A bralette or sports bra can be a great alternative to lingerie or padded bras that could trap in heat.
3. Stay Hydrated
Sweating is how your body cools itself down. When you sweat, your body releases liquid through sweat glands, which then covers your skin, and in this case, your boobs. Staying hydrated and regularly drinking water can help keep you cool and reduce your body’s need to sweat.
To stay sufficiently hydrated, it’s recommended that females drink about 11.5 cups of water a day and males drink 15.5 cups of water a day.
4. Wear Breathable Fabric
In addition to choosing the right bra fabric, the right kind of clothes can help keep your body cool and your boobs from sweating. Cotton, bamboo, rayon and seersucker are all great, breathable materials that can reduce the amount of heat trapped against your body.
5. Be Strategic About Your Shirts
Opting for loose, flowy tops and dresses can also be a good idea before stepping into the sun. Not only will they reduce the chances of sweat forming in the first place, but they’ll likely hide any sweat that does form.
6. Apply an Antiperspirant
Antiperspirant isn’t just made for your underarms, it can be applied to other areas of your body as well! An organic or aluminum-free deodorant is perfectly safe to apply around your breasts. An antiperspirant deodorant can prevent you from sweating and can help you smell fresh if you do. To apply, rub the antiperspirant between and under your boobs — or any area where you want to stop sweating.
7. Ditch the Pastels
Nothing kills a summer mood like sweat stains. If you suffer from boob sweat, consider swapping out your seasonal, pastel wardrobe with dark colors like black or navy blue. This can help hide any sweat that forms and prevent noticeable sweat spots from appearing on your clothing.
8. Use Anti-Chafing Powder
If boob sweat had an evil twin, it would be boob chafing. When you sweat, your boobs can rub against your chest or each other causing friction that leads to chafing and eventually rashes. The friction creates heat, which then makes you sweat even more — creating a vicious cycle.
Using an anti-chafing powder is an effective way to absorb sweat quickly and prevent your breasts from rubbing on your skin. An anti-chafing powder can simply be brushed on your skin before physical or hot activities.
9. Bring Along Wipes
Basic alcohol or baby wipes can help you freshen up when you’re in a pinch and can help temporarily close pores to stop excess sweating from happening. Find wipes that are portable and can be brought along during your summer activities, so that you can feel and smell clean even on the hottest days.
10. Stick to the Shade
Shade is Mother Nature’s gift to big-breasted women. If you have large breasts or are especially prone to breast sweat, do your best to find shade. Whether it’s an outdoor lunch or workout class, finding a shady spot can help keep your body (and your girls) cool.
11. Talk to Your Doctor About Treatment Options
While sweating is normal, excessive sweating could be a symptom of an underlying health condition. If you are unable to manage boob sweat or other types of sweating on your own, consider discussing your symptoms with your primary healthcare provider. They may be able to determine the cause of your sweating and offer the best solutions for your body’s specific needs.
Additional Tips for Sweaty Situations
Did you think we were done? Not even close. Below are more solutions to boob sweat that you can try:12. Invest in a bra liner
13. Apply argan oil to your boobs
14. Apply a matte powder
15. Use cornstarch as a DIY alternative
16. Freshen up with a body spray
17. Try a tata towel
18. Brush on baby powder to absorb sweat
19. Invest in a cooling bra
20. Bring a handheld fan along
21. Attach panty liners to your undergarments
22. Apply anti-chafing creams or gels
23. Absorb sweat with paper towels
24. Try a bralette
Boob Sweat: FAQs
Why Does the Sweat Under My Breasts Smell?
Body odor is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat, linked to the apocrine glands. Most body odor comes from these glands. These glands are found in the breasts, genital area, eyelids, armpits, and ear — which makes these areas more prone to sweating and odor.
How Can I Prevent a Sweat Rash Under My Breasts?
Avoiding underwire bras can help those who find themselves more prone to sweat rashes or chafing. It also may be helpful to wear a bra liner or mini pads to absorb moisture and prevent a sweat rash from forming under your breasts. You may even consider sleeping without a bra if nighttime boob sweat causes irritation.
How Do I Stop My Breasts from Itching?
Breast itching can be caused by yeast infections that are formed in warm, moist areas like under your boobs. Yeast infections usually cause red, irritated and extremely itching skin.
Minimizing boob sweat is the simplest and most effective way to prevent your breasts from itching. However, if you do end up having itchy boobs, cooling cloths or over-the-counter topical creams can help relieve itchiness and symptoms quickly. Remember to wash your bras thoroughly and frequently to keep them clean and to prevent irritation.
The struggle is real with boob sweat. So, when it comes to your boobs, choosing a breathable bra is important to boost your level of comfort during sticky situations. When looking for the right bra for you, consider cooling materials and proper fit so that you can seize the summer without the sweat.