Article updated: April 11, 2021
So you want to dust your nutsack in baby powder because you think it’ll help prevent sweat and odor.
Do you plan on wearing a diaper too while you’re at it?
The truth is, baby powder is actually a pretty effective method of preventing ball funk, sweat, chaffing, and discomfort – as long as you don’t mind smelling like a fresh diaper of course.
And while there are much better ball powders actually designed for men out there, none are quite as inexpensive as baby powder is. Which usually only costs a few bucks.
The secret to baby powders ability to deodorize a ballsack, and help prevent sweat and chaffing all comes down to it’s two main ingredients – fragrance and talc.
What is Talc?
Talc is a very soft, naturally occurring clay mineral that is mined from underground deposits all over the world.
In it’s natural state, talc is pearly white and slightly translucent in color, and since it’s the softest known mineral on earth, it’s easily crushed into a fine powder.
While talc has a ton of uses in cosmetics, food, and the drug industry, I’m going to keep it simple and just focus on it’s ball sack benefits for us guys. After all, what’s more important than that, right?
In order to understand how our funky and sweaty nuts can benefit from the use of talc, it’s important to discuss why the original developers of baby powder (Johnson & Johnson) used it as the primary ingredient to begin with.
As you can probably imagine, the inside of a diaper is a hot, humid environment and the source of a lot of friction, chaffing, and discomfort for a baby’s delicate skin.
To combat this issue, Johnson & Johnson formulated the first batch of baby powder in 1894, using talc as the main ingredient.
That’s because talc not only absorbs sweat and excess moisture, it also reduces friction, chaffing, itch, and even helps cool and soothe the skin. Kind of a baby’s dream come true.
Fast forward to today, and baby powder is still used in households all across the world, even when there is no baby present.
That’s because many men have grown wise to the benefits of baby powder, and are using it to alleviate a lot of the problems having a pair of balls presents, namely sweat, odor, chaffing, and discomfort.
Is Baby Powder Safe for Balls?
So we established that baby powder is an effective solution for eliminating many of the uncomfortable crotch problems that us men suffer from. The question now is: is it a safe solution?
I don’t know if you noticed, but baby powders main ingredient talc, sort of has a bad rap when it comes to skincare and grooming products.
In fact, it’s not at all uncommon to see package labels proudly state that the product inside is in fact talc free:
So what’s up with that? Why all the hate for talc suddenly? People have been covering their babies butts in the stuff for well over a hundred years and now it’s suddenly considered unsafe?
Is this like the whole gluten-free thing?
As it turns out, concerns over the safety of talc actually have some credibility behind them.
But the problem isn’t with talc itself. The problem is that talc based products have been found to contain traces of cancer causing asbestos. Specifically ovarian cancer and cervical cancer in women.
The problem is that talc and asbestos are two minerals that naturally form together. They are very similar in composition and it’s not uncommon to find veins of asbestos mixed with underground talc deposits.
So basically talc, which is 100% safe, has been found to contain traces of asbestos, which is 100% unsafe.
Well that sucks.
And even though testing for asbestos in talc has become much more stringent (per government regulations), the most recent recall was in 2019 when the FDA discovered asbestos contamination in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.
Alternatives to Baby Powder
So the health risks of using baby powder on your balls has you a bit freaked out, huh? Don’t worry, there are tons of really great alternatives to baby powder that are completely safe and specifically designed for men like us.
If you’re dead set on using a powder to keep your balls fresh, I recommend you try out one of the many ball powders for men that have been hitting the market in the past few years.
Most of them use a talc alternatives like corn starch, baking soda, and arrowroot powder to effectively eliminate sweat, odor, friction, and discomfort.
You’ll also find that many of these powders contain cooling ingredients like menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus to keep the entire crotch region cool and refreshed. It’s kind of like air conditioning for the nutsack.
If ball powder isn’t your thing, there are a bunch of awesome deodorants for men’s balls available too.
Unlike powder, ball deodorant is less messy, easy to apply, and is just as effective at keeping ball sweat, odor, friction, and discomfort at bay.
While ball deodorants come in a few different varieties, the most popular ones tend to be in the form of creams, lotions, and sprays.
Powders and deodorants are great, but the first step to keeping balls smelling fresh is found in your personal hygiene habits.
Any guy with a pair of balls will tell you, it doesn’t take much for the crotch region to be overthrown by sweat and odor.
While it can be very frustrating, annoying, and embarrassing – it’s important to understand exactly what happens down there when the stink starts.
Believe it or not, sweat itself is virtually odorless to humans. The problem is that bacteria on the skin thrives in warm, moist environments. So when your balls start sweating – bacteria gets the party started like it’s 1999.
Bacteria basically turns your ballsack into an all you can eat buffet/feeding frenzy. Think Golden Corral on Mother’s Day when they bring out a fresh tray of crab legs.
So while bacteria is chowing down on
crab legs your sweat like there is no tomorrow, they begin forming by-products called thioalcohols, which have scents similar to eggs, onion, broccoli, meat, and cheese. Yummy.
So if you were paying attention, it would make sense that the first step to reducing ball funk is to obliterate as much of the bacteria on your skin as possible, right?
Luckily this isn’t as hard as it may sound. While there are some really effective soaps and washes for men’s balls, sometimes all you need is a washcloth, soap, and a little bit of elbow grease to get the job done.
While I’m not exactly calling your hygiene habits into question, the fact is that men in general don’t wash their balls as well as they may think.
Utilizing a washcloth or a loofa in the shower will provide enough scrubbing power to exfoliate odor causing bacteria from your balls – effectively keeping you smelling fresher for longer down there.