What's to know about body odor?

What is Body Odour?
Body odor is the perceived unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids.

Some say it is the smell of bacteria growing on the body, but it is actually the result of bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids.


Body Odor Causes

Poor hygiene
Surplus sweating
Certain medical conditions

Tips on preventing body odor

1. Always have a bath
Shower at least twice a day and you’ll wash away sweat as well as reduce the number of bacteria on your skin.

Sweat itself is odorless but when microscopic bacteria that dwell on your skin mix with sweat, they multiply quickly and give off a horrid smell

So washing thoroughly, especially areas prone to sweating, can reduce body odor.

Body odor is most likely to occur in the following places:

  • feet
  • groin
  • armpits
  • genitals
  • pubic hair and other hair
  • belly button
  • anus
  • behind the ears

2. Always wash up with antibacterial soap
Having a proper bath with an antibacterial soap will definitely take out the sweat, dirt as well as the bacteria count on your skin which in turn, gets rid of the odor.

3. Wipe Off Thoroughly
Once you’ve showered, be sure you dry yourself completely. Towel off and make sure you dry any areas where you sweat a lot.

It’s harder for bacteria to breed on dry skin.

4. Apply Deodorants or Antiperspirants
Using an over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirant or deodorant (or a combination antiperspirant-deodorant) daily, after your shower, can help remedy armpit odor. Sometimes you need to try different kinds to see which one works best for you.

Stronger deodorants and antiperspirants are available without a prescription. Look for products that say on the label they are higher strength due to ingredients.

If you think you need even more help, you may want to ask your doctor about prescription antiperspirants.

Antiperspirants help to reduce the amount of sweat produced by temporarily blocking the pores that release sweat. .

5. Keep Your Wardrobe Clean
Change clothes often when you’re sweating heavily. Wear fresh clothes to help keep body odour down.

Be sure to change your socks as well, especially if you tend to have foot odour. Use deodorant powders in your shoes, replace insoles frequently, and go barefoot if possible.


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