We’ve all been down that road before: Dealing with an annoying (and embarrassing) case of the swamp crotch, which is said to be caused by excess heat (especially this summer), eating too many processed foods, and drinking too much caffeine or alcohol. Of course, there are people with hyperhidrosis — overactive sweat glands — but for most of us, it’s as simple as a) it’s flaming hot, b) we’re wearing too many layers in an effort to keep things SFW, and, possibly, c) we just finished a workout so that our beach bod will be good to go for the weekend.
Problem is, just as bacteria and fungus grow in your underarms and contribute to odor, those little devils can also grow in your pants, making things stinky and itchy. Luckily, we have solutions! See below for a roundup of some of our favorite ways to help you get fresh balls. Whether you’re looking for deodorant, shaving cream, or powder, we’ve got you covered. Even better, most of these products work just as well for the rest of your body.
One way to keep the swamp under control is with regular manscaping. While there are plenty of novelty trimmers marketed for your groin area, our favorite has to be Panasonic’s body groomer, which easily mows through the curves and crevices of your … um … nether regions with ease and without any nicks. It also includes two attachments to adjust your desired hair length, and it works just as effectively in trimming other body hair. We love a good multitasker.
Much has been said about the possible side effects of talc, which is often found in countless body powders. Enter Hiki, a clean sweat line that we can’t stop giving awards to. The brand’s body powder is not only talc-free but also contains natural ingredients like corn starch silica to easily absorb excess moisture. Plus, it doesn’t leave a white cast after you rub it in.
It goes without saying that washing your family jewels daily is another great way to keep your groin area fresh and clean. Be mindful, though, when choosing the right soap, as your groin area’s skin is more sensitive than the rest of your body. Stick with an unscented formula like Everyone’s, which also features aloe vera for a soothing cleanse.
Anthony takes a no-nonsense, prescriptive approach to skincare; in this case, tapioca starch is incorporated for a powder-like barrier to keep skin and private parts dry and cushioned from discomfort, as well as refreshing aloe vera and nourishing vitamin E. The product starts off as a cream, then dries to a powder to keep your area dry all day long.
Men know it’s always important to take care of the chassis … as well as what’s under it. Chassis Man Care offers Restoration Cream to soothe the skin in our most delicate areas (especially nice when we forgot to do anything to protect our boys). It also helps prevent chafing and friction, utilizing natural ingredients like witch hazel, oatmeal, hops, and pumpkin seed extracts to protect, nourish, and moisturize your private skin.
There are plenty of reasons to throw away your tighty whities. One of them is that they cause poor circulation and turn your crotch into, well, a swamp. Opt for looser underwear for better circulation. But if you still want to keep your family jewels tightly packed (and fresh), opt for these boxer briefs from Pair of Thieves. “Like A/C for your balls” reads its marketing campaign, and thanks to its proprietary sweat-wicking fabric, we’ve got to agree.
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