sweaty facts


Not all sweat is created equal. In fact, there are two types of sweat, created by two different kinds of glands. The eccrine glands found on the hands, feet, and forehead produce sweat which is 99% water and therefore doesn't offend the nose. The apocrine glands, however, can be found around the groin and the armpits and are to blame for your unique brand of BO.

Depending on the kind of sticky situation you find yourself in, one of these two kinds of glands will start working overtime. Here are some classic sweaty scenarios:

  3. WORK
  4. SEX


Going for a strenuous run or engaging in any sort of physical activity causes muscles to work overtime and raises your body temperature. Your eccrine glands produce a mix of water, sodium chloride and potassium to help cool you down.


Getting nervous about a hot date can cause a case of the sweats. This might involve wet pits, a sweaty brow, or wet palms—reactions which make physical contact not so fun for her. Also, the smell. It's not great. Not a good look.


An impossible deadline or a meeting with the boss can easily set off a case of the "stress sweats." Even the painful wait before that crucial meeting or presentation can set you off. For some guys, just thinking about sweating will make them sweat, which can be the start of a vicious cycle of perspiration.


Given that the majority of your apocrine glands are in your nether regions, it makes sense that the slightest bit of arousal can cause you to start producing sweat. Take a whiff of any teenage guy's bedroom and you’ll see what we mean. In other primates, those scents are called pheromones and are used to attract potential partners. There is a lot of contradictory information out there regarding whether pheromones actually exist in humans. Our advice, don’t count on your glands to get you by. Freshen up with a nice body wash.