Do you have a hard time finding shirts that properly conceal your nipples? If so, you’re not alone – and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Shawn, a loyal reader and an avid gym-goer emailed me recently, asking for a solution to hide puffy nipples:
“Just wondering what you would recommend for puffy nipples. I’m in very good shape – I go to the gym regularly, but I have slightly puffy nipples that poke through my shirt.”– Shawn
Shawn isn’t the only one. I got another email from Tanya, a concerned mother looking to help her kid:
“I’m a single mom to a 12-year-old boy. His pediatrician wants me to get him into a compression undershirt to help with his gynecomastia (the medical term for “man boobs”). I want to get him the help he needs ASAP so that he can get his confidence back. Can you suggest a compression undershirt that focuses on the chest? Something comfortable and discreet.”– Tanya
And yet another young man wrote in with his concerns about how his nipples looked and was looking for a way to hide or flatten them:
I am 13 and in great shape and have a big build and I am tall mine are at eye level to everyone in my school and having muscular pecs are attractive but I don’t think so with hard nipples.
So I either need to do something to stop them or cut them off because I get made fun of at at school like cover those up before you poke someone’s eye out or like trying to turn on the ladies?– Jake
Get Rid Of or Remove Puffy (or Hard) Nipples?
This was my reply to Jake:
Heya Jake, Good to hear from you kiddo and thanks for sharing your thoughts. First, please don’t suggest cutting off your nipples — that’s not a good or healthy solution. but, I understand your frustration, so here are some options for you to consider. I think you have a few immediate options to help hide your hard nipples: 1. Wear a compression shirt (see suggestions below) made for gynecomastia. Not something from Walmart or a sports store. Those are usually too thin. You should checkout the products listed in this article and ask your mom or dad to buy you one of them. 2. Search amazon for “nipple covers”. Most are for women, but if your issue is urgent enough, just use those for the time being. The other option is to go to google, search for that term but use your zip code in the search. Example search: “nipple covers” near me or “nipple covers” near 42123 <- whatever your zip code is This will help you find that product at a local store, that you can visit yourself and buy with cash. They're usually pretty inexpensive, so it might work for you. 3. Get an undershirt, and use fabric paint to paint a strip across the chest area on the inside of the undershirt. The fabric paint should dry soft, but will thicken up the area around your chest and should prevent your nipples from poking through. You probably have a Joann Fabrics near you, so you could look for 3d fabric paint, 3d puffy fashion paint, or anything similar like that. I hope you try one of the above recommendations, and I hope that one of the ideas will help you feel more confident and keep the kids at your school from teasing or making fun of you. Please let me know if you try one of them, and whether or not it worked for you.
It’s safe to say that puffy nipples can be a significant cause of embarrassment and worry at any age – however, there are plenty of ways you can keep your nipples from showing through your shirts.
Tips for Hiding Puffy Nipples
Hiding puffy nipples doesn’t have to be complicated. While there are solutions that you can apply directly to your skin, like nipple patches or tape, they’re often uncomfortable and visible under most shirts. That being said, undershirts are the way to go.
Here are a two specific undershirt styles that I’d recommend to mask puffy nipples:
1. Fitted Undershirts
Fitted undershirts have a comfortable stretch to them and are tailored to fit the torso and arms closely. They’re often made of some variation of a cotton-spandex blend.
As someone that struggles with slightly puffy nipples, fitted undershirts are a must-have in my everyday wear. Because of their snug fit, they compress the skin and minimize the visibility of puffy nipples and textured skin.
Check out my favorite undershirts page which include a list of the best fitted undershirts I’ve been able to find.
2. Compression Undershirts
Although I prefer fitted undershirts for comfort purposes, compression undershirts the best option for more extreme cases of puffy nipples. These snug-fitting undershirts work by providing gentle compression to the chest area, smoothing out any bumps or protrusions on the skin.
They’re a great option for those of us with puffy nipples, as they smooth out any bumps or protrusions on the skin. And, as a plus, they have slimming properties.
Best Undershirts to Hide Men’s Puffy Nipples
Here are the best undershirts that I’ve been able to find that will hide men’s puffy nipples:
Esteem Apparel Original Men’s Chest Compression Chest Binder
The Esteem Apparel Gynecomastia Chest Binder Compression Shirt is another fantastic compression tank top that targets the chest area and effectively smooths over puffy nipples. It’s soft, comfortable and breathable, making this a great option for both in and out of the gym.
My primary qualm with most compression shirts on the market is that they’re so tight and restrictive that it becomes difficult to wear them for more than a couple of hours – that being said, this shirt is just about as comfortable as it gets.
- Available in two colors (white, black)
- 90% spandex, 10% nylon
Also, be sure to check out Esteem Apparel’s comprehensive article about compression shirts.
Esteem Apparel Ultra Slimming Compression Shirt
Also from Esteem Apparel, be sure to check out their Crew Neck Compression Shirt Chest Binder. For those looking for full coverage, the crew neck compression undershirt is a great alternative over a tank top compression shirt.
- Available in two colors (white, black)
- 90% spandex, 10% nylon
- $19.99 (Reg Price: $32.99)
Underworks Manshape® Gynecomastia Compression Shirt
Manshape’s Gynecomastia Compression Shirt is designed to hide man boobs by providing firm compression throughout the chest area – but, man boobs or not, this shirt is great for hiding puffy nipples. It’s soft and reasonably lightweight and cool, and it compresses the chest area while fitting more loosely around the belly.
So, if you’re not a fan of the feel of compression shirts, this is a great “in-between” option. You’ll get all of the benefits of a compression shirt in the chest area with the comfort of a normal undershirt.
Remember that compression undershirts fit tighter than normal shirts. Order the size you’d typically wear and expect the shirt to have a snug fit.
Another important note – always ready the tag for care instructions on your compression shirts to avoid washing them incorrectly or stretching them out.
- Available in two shades
- 68% cotton, 32% spandex
DEVOPS Men’s Athletic Sleeveless Compression Shirt
The DEVOPS Men’s Athletic Sleeveless Compression Shirt is meant for gym wear – but it’s also a great slimming and smoothing option for everyday wear. Because it’s made with a polyester-spandex blend, it feels a bit like a swimsuit. It won’t wrinkle or bunch up during prolonged wear, and it will keep you cool and comfortable no matter the occasion – and, most importantly, it hides puffy nipples.
Because of the high neck, this option may not pair well underneath your everyday wear. However, for the price you pay for this product, the quality is unbeatable. This shirt is worth a try!
- Available in more than five shades
- 87% polyester, 13% spandex
- 3-pack for $23.97
Eleady Men’s Slimming Compression Shirt
Eleady’s Men’s Slimming Compression Shirt feels like a second skin. Unlike many compression shirts on the market, this shirt is made with thin, breathable fabric that blends seamlessly underneath any shirt. And, even though the fabric is thin, it will hug your body tight enough that your nipples won’t be visible.
As a plus, this brand is one of the only ones that offers a light beige shade. So, for those of us with lighter skin, this is a great undershirt to pair with white or light-colored shirts.
- Available in three shades (white, beige, black)
- 60% Rayon, 40% Spandex
KOCLES Men’s Compression Undershirt
To finish out the list, I wanted to include a short-sleeved option for cooler months or for those of you that may prefer the feel of a short-sleeved undershirt over a tank. The KOCLES Men’s Compression Undershirt is comfortable, snug and won’t ride up. As with all of the options on this list, this undershirt is guaranteed to keep puffy nipples hidden.
I found that wearing my usual size in this undershirt left me feeling pretty uncomfortable. I’d recommend buying one or two sizes up in this product – one size up if you prefer a tight-fitting compression shirt, and two sizes up if you want your shirt to fit comfortably.
- Available in two shades
- 80% rayon, 20% spandex