The #1 Way To Hide Man Boobs (Gynecomastia)

February 2, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More

Ah, man boobs.

Those pesky not-so-little glandular chest tissues that can over grow on some men (young and old) to the extent of them looking similar to female breasts.

The medical term for this phenomenon is gynecomastia.

No matter what you call it, if you’ve got them, you’re likely walking around fairly embarrassed about it.

Here’s a young man wondering what he can do to hide his man boobs:

Hi I’m James,

I posted a comment a min ago but I thought it might not get to you.

So, my problem is that I am a rather large kid and I feel very uncomfortable wearing tight fitting clothes.

I was wondering if I could reduce my ‘cleavage’ with a binder or something.


PS. I’m a non-trans boy, so it’s not female breasts I want to hide.

Example of Man Boobs


Hiding Man Boobs

tug-in-jeans-8a.pngheya james,

good to hear from you buddy and thanks for your question.

i totally get it my friend, and definitely can offer some advice.

first, a quick clarification — there’s a slight difference between man-cleavage (man boobs) and puffy nipples.

both can be helped with undershirt binders for men, but generally speaking, if you just have puffy nipples, a fitted undershirt or male nipple covers will help mask those.

now, assuming you have man-cleavage that you want to hide, the best non-surgical option is to wear a binder, or slimming/shaping undershirt.

there are a handful of brands that offer men’s shapewear, but the one that offers the greatest selection is

they have different compression levels for different severities of man-boobness.

i’d recommend visiting their site and taking a look at their offering. if you get confused, just email their support team and they’ll be happy to help you pick the right product.

how does that sound? have any other questions?

Man Boobs in Younger Men

Thanks so much!

My only problem is, I’m 14, so I’m constantly growing.

Will this be a problem, cus I’m on a tight budget, so I couldn’t afford to keep buying binders when I grow out of them.

Thanks, James

Growing Out of Binders

tug-in-jeans-8a.pnghey james,

i can’t say for certain, but it’s possible you’ll grow out of it and become more lean, then won’t have the need for the binders eventually.

when i was your age and younger, i was rather heavy. around the time i turned 15, i grew 2-3 inches, and leaned out quite a bit. for a while, i was pretty skinny.

while i still struggle to stay on the average build side, i definitely grew out of the heavy-stage i was in my early teens, so you may grow out of it as well.

not sure if you’re talking to your parents about this, but if you are, i would hope that they are understanding and compassionate to how you feel. if so, maybe they’ll support you if you need to get additional binders/flattening undershirts as you get older, and help you with the purchase.

the good news is that shaping undershirts/binders will fit you if you don’t grow out of a size range. meaning, if you’re currently size large (or whatever size you currently are), as long as you stay that general chest circumference size as you grow up, you’ll be able to wear the same binder. if your chest grows out of the size range, you’ll have to get a larger sized shirt.

hope that helps! keep me posted.

What Do You Do To Hide Your Man Boobs?

Do you have any special tricks you use to hide your man boobs?

If so, tell me about it in the comments section below.


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  1. Lou says:

    Hi Tug.

    Push-ups have worked for me. Some weeks I do procrastinate and slack on working out. The man boobs come back. lol.

    Push-ups may not work for everyone, but for most people, any physical activity, especially excercise for the chest muscles, will help with man boobs.

    I have a passion and interest in hormonal balance. Working out is a great way to regulate both the testosterone, as well as the estrogren levels in men and women. Boobs on a woman, well that’s a good thing.

    If someone is genetically predisposed to Gynecomastia, plastic surgery may be their only choice. Surgery would not be My first choice.

    I think that monitoring what we are eating or drinking, not to mention meds, is a good start.

    For example, soy can actually increase estrogen levels in men and cause “man boobs.” Soy is everywhere. I’m no Doctor, but there is a correlation between Glandular issues and hormones.

    Check out this study.

  2. Lou


    20 push-ups every morning and your “man boobs” should go away in a few weeks.

    • Tug says:

      hey lou!

      really? 20 push-ups every day will get rid of man boobs?

      i don’t really think that is 100% full-proof, because it has a lot to do with your glandular chest tissue.

      that said, doing 20 push-ups every morning is definitely something worthwhile (:

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