What is Body Odour?
Body odour is the unpleasant smell produced by bacteria on the skin that break down the acids in your sweat. The medical term is bromhidrosis.
What causes bad body odour?
- Excessive sweating
- Improper hygiene
- Some medical conditions
6 ways to get rid of bad body odour
1. Keep Yourself Squeaky Clean
Shower at least twice a day and you’ll wash away sweat as well as reduce the number of bacteria on your skin.
Sweat by itself is virtually odorless but when microscopic bacteria that live naturally on your skin mix with sweat, they multiply quickly and raise quite a stink.
So washing thoroughly, especially areas prone to sweating, can reduce body odor.
If you sweat normally, you might have more of a problem with body odor than people who sweat too much. That’s because, when people sweat excessively, the sweat tends to wash away the odor-causing bacteria.
2. Use Antibacterial Soap
Choose an antibacterial bath soap. Washing thoroughly with an antibacterial soap bar will reduce the bacteria count, in turn reducing the odor.
Look for the words “antibacterial” on the soap’s packaging.
3. Towel 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.
If your skin is dry, it’s harder for bacteria that cause body odor to breed on it.
4. Apply “Industrial Strength” Deodorants or Antiperspirants
Once you are clean and dry, use a strong deodorant or antiperspirant on your underarms. While deodorants do not prevent sweating, they mask the smell of bacteria on your skin. Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, a chemical that reduces sweating and often also contains a deodorant.
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.
Apply the deodorant or antiperspirant twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
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.
6. Cut Out or Cut Down “Offensive” Foods or Drinks
What you eat affects your body odour.
Foods that tend to make you sweat more, such as hot peppers or other spicy foods, might also contribute to body odor. And the aroma of foods such as onions or garlic can be carried in the sweat, making you smell bad. Drinks with caffeine or alcohol may also cause you to sweat more.
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