It’s that time of year again. The sun is out, the temperatures are up and … you’re starting to sweat a lot! It’s under your pits, under your boobs and around your crotch. Sweating doesn’t go in the plus column for summer, but it can be managed by wearing well-designed underwear made of high-quality cotton.
No one likes to talk about crotch sweat, but it’s an important conversation to have. Why? Because many people manage it by using deodorants and powders in their underwear to stay dry. Panty Drop designer Dr. Deb Christel found in her research that 75% of women minimize sweat by using deodorants or powders that contain harmful ingredients linked to serious health risks such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Here are a few facts that should give you pause:
- A 2013 study that analyzed nearly 20,000 people found that those who used powder in or around their crotch had a 20-30% higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
- In 2017, the makers of Johnson & Johnson baby powder had to pay $417 million as a result of a lawsuit brought by a longtime user of the product who developed ovarian cancer.
- In 2018, Johnson & Johnson lost a lawsuit claiming that their talc-based products contained cancer-causing asbestos.
Why are we using these products down there in the first place? Mainly because the crotch is close to our core, which is the warmest spot on the body. Plus, folds or rolls, which happen to bodies of all shapes and sizes, trap heat and sweat. When you are sitting, heat increases in these areas, especially where the crotch touches our thighs or where the belly rests on the thighs.
Here are a few images of a study Dr. Deb conducted. The participant had been sitting and resting for at least 15 minutes and the pictures were taken in a room cooled to 73 degrees Fahrenheit. The white color shows the hottest temperature on the body. As you can see, the space between the legs and core tend to be the warmest.
It’s no surprise we’re doing what we can to stay comfortable and dry. With the temperature outside climbing, chub rub – friction caused from skin-to-skin contact – is a real problem. It’s even worse when moisture can’t escape your panties and gets reabsorbed into your skin.
Ladies and gentlemen, cotton is the answer. It’s soft, absorbent and controls moisture. It breathes better than oil-based synthetics like polyester making it the perfect fabric for the hot summer months and for working out. Plus, a superior fit like the Perfect Panty will ensure greater comfort on warm days.
“You want to find underwear that doesn’t pinch, that doesn’t ride up, and you want to make sure that your underwear covers all the areas you need so you’re not having that skin-on-skin contact, especially with your crotch and your thigh,” advises Dr Deb.
Cotton has other benefits as well. Cotton releases odors once you wash it so you don’t have to worry about your clothes smelling like the fish you cooked for dinner. It doesn’t get dirty after one wear, so you can save water, money and energy. Plus, your cotton clothes and underwear will last longer.
Because of these positives, our panties are made of stretchy, breathable 95% cotton. It’s so soft you’ll forget it’s on. With our new Perfect Mesh Collection, we added a 100% cotton front panel and liner for comfort. This drop is in the crowdfunding stage and we’d love for you to become a Fearless Supporter to make it happen.
What are your thoughts on cotton? Is crotch sweat something you deal with? Let us know at @pantydropme on Instagram, send us an email at email@example.com or comment below.