Beating Breast Sweat and the Summer Heat

 By: Kathyrn Gavitt
For years I've sweated under my breasts. I've suffered through rashes, soggy bras, smelly bras, smelly and soggy bras, and sweat marks on my clothing below, between and around my breasts. I've used just about every homespun remedy that you can think of to prevent this sticky condition. I've used cornstarch, baby powder, talcum powder, antiperspirants, homemade powders and concoctions using all the above ingredients. Just like those TV cooking shows I've developed a lot of different recipes for breast sweat gravy.

The bottom line is that I want what every woman wants: comfort, wellbeing, and security from the irritation of breast rashes and breast sweat. Some of the ideas of used to control breast sweat are good ideas, some are good but not practical, some are half baked, and some are fully baked. Here's my advice on what to do and not to do.

Make sure that your bra is properly sized. A bra that is overly tight or overly loose may lead to chafing. When you add breast sweat to chafing you end up with a rash under the breast.

One of the best ideas for preventing breast rashes is cleanliness. Shower and dry off completely. Use a hairdryer set on cool to help get every bit of moisture of your breasts. Wear only a clean bra. Wear clothing made of breathable, light colored fabric. When you're in the car set the AC vent toward your chest. When at home or at work use a fan. These are simple ideas for a dryer and happier breast. It may not be practical shower twice or more per day, but if you do always use a fresh bra.

Breasts skin is delicate. Underarm skin is tough. Breast skin and underarm skin are not the same. Antiperspirants and deodorants belong under the arms. Not on the boobs.

Baby powder works great on a baby's behind. I've changed a bunch of diapers in my time. I'd clean my baby's little butt, dry it, sprinkle it with powder and then pop a new diaper on it. Baby powder definitely keeps the behind fresh between changes. A baby's diaper needs to be changed all the time. Unless you're change your bra as regularly as you'd change a baby's diaper you'll just end up with a clumped up mess in your bra. Use baby powder under the breast for short periods of time only.

Breast rashes and intertrigo are caused by bacteria or fungus. They grow in areas where it's dark and moist. They require food to grow and multiply, just as every living organism does. Cornstarch and arrowroot are thickening agents for cooking. They are ingredients of the food we eat. Why would I provide fungus and bacteria with the food they need to breed and grow?

The best idea to prevent breast sweat and breast rashes is to use a bra liner. A good bra liner should have at least three fabric layers. A layer that will absorb sweat from the breast, another layer that will hold the sweat and a third layer that will keep the sweat from flowing through to the garment or under garment.

There are several good bra liners available online. When looking for a bra liner it's important to look at several things. They need to be available in your size. If the bra liners don't fit comfortably and securely they are not doing you much good. The bra liner should have a good warranty. A company that stands by their product usually has a good product. A discreet bra liner is important. We already have panty lines and bra lines. If we want one for bra liners we should just shove a small towel under our breasts.

Breast sweat is costly in many ways. It will damage and discolor the bra and the outer garment, shortening the lifespan of the clothing. Breast sweat is not elegant. It will cause loss of self esteem due to unsightly sweat marks. Most importantly breast sweat is not comfortable. It is embarrassing, unpleasant, and can cause an itchy or even painful condition. There are smart ways to deal with breast sweat. And there are ways that we can make our own recipe for breast sweat gravy.
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