Who knew guys experienced this foul problem? Turns out it is only natural for things to get swampy even down there.
“It’s natural for this to happen to most men around summer months,” says Dr. Jeffrey Benadio, a board certified dermatologist based out of San Diego.
“Two main things that grow in that area is bacteria and yeast. Bacteria grows on the skin and that creates an odor — the same found under arms. The bacteria breaks down oils and then creates a rancid smell.”
For Carl Dulay, 30, a fund accountant supervisor from North Carolina and an avid Crossfit enthusiast, an activity in which he claims is where the stinky crotch is made even more obvious., it is happens frequently.
“[I] sweat a lot really easily everywhere else, so you can imagine the sweat downstairs,” he says. “Definitely also notice the smell a lot more post workouts when I'm taking off my underwear. That initial whiff is like a slap in the face.”
In order to prevent yours from having a foul smell, do the following.
Benadio recommends "most men aren't educated with deodorizing the nether regions or keeping it super dry."
He also suggests that men should use antiperspirants along the scrotum on the daily as they would for their underarms. "Look for any deodorants that say ‘antiperspirants,” he says. “Aluminum salt is very effective in preventing moisture and makes the sweat glands shrink, reducing water on the skin.”
Benadio also advices keeping the area super dry and to cleanse the area thoroughly by taking a shower every day. To get rid of extra moisture after a morning shower, Benadio says to take a blow dryer on a cool setting, and dry any water that your towel may have missed. “It seems crazy, but it’s what is essential to keeping it dry and for the stench to stop,” he says. To keep it extra dry, you can use talc powder, and or any antiperspirant you'd use for your underarms.
Regardless of how bad it smells, do not use bleach or/and alcohol.
“I’ve had many patients who are so desperate to clean that area that they use bleach and alcohol, which is the worst thing you can do to that area — and dangerous,” Benadio says.
“You don’t want to kill the bacteria but make the environment inhospitable for it, so the biggest thing is to keep that area dry.”