Some men love to go unclad under their trousers. No qualms, really. In fact, a urologist, Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, says there is no known medical reason why men need underpants for support.
However, before you decide to go sans pants under your trousers, these are the precautions to take!
• The Number One rule: Zip up with caution! You know why, don’t you?
• Rub on Vaseline or baby powder. According to clinical dermatologist at Yale University, Prof. Mona Gohara, without underwear, you don’t have any protection between the outer layer of your skin and the harsh reality of the fabric and seams of your trousers. So, rub on some Vaseline jelly or baby powder to prevent friction.
• You risk jock itch. Jock itch is a skin condition that presents as an itchy, red, ring-shaped rash; and it occurs when you’re exposed to fungus, says Gohara. Fungi thrives in warm, humid environments such as the inside of your pants when your balls are covered in sweat. To avoid fungi, keep your scrotum dry with just a sprinkle of baby powder in the morning and regularly wash your pants.
• Wash your trousers more often! If you normally wear a pair of trousers four times before washing them, reduce it to just two. The reason is because, when fabric sits directly next to your skin, they get dirtier and smellier faster.
• Risks of sweat stain. Going commando means you don’t have extra fabric to absorb moisture around your crotch. You may end up with nasty sweat stains, which are more visible on lighter fabrics and colours such as khakis or jeans. So, sprinkle a dash of baby powder on your privates before wearing trousers without underpants.
• Avoid skinny jeans. Skinny-cut trousers, especially those made from heavier fabrics such as denim, may cut into your crotch when you sit down, says Gohara. Worse, if your fabric isn’t thick enough (or if you’re wearing too light a colour), people might notice! To mask weird lines or bulges, therefore, wear trousers with heavier fabrics.
• Save humanity from faecal bacteria that may have escaped from your anus into your trousers. So, avoid testing new materials when shopping, else, some of those faecal bacteria can transfer onto the new fabric, says a microbiologist, Dr. Sarah Council.