Body odour strikes when you least expect it. Most deodorants just don’t provide the pit protection you need to go all day, and showering three times a day is impractical. Sweating, in general, is actually the body’s natural way to regulate its temperature. However, the body odor that comes with it can be a major turn off.
Body odour can have a pleasant and specific smell to the individual and can be used to identify people, especially by dogs and other animals. Each person’s unique body odour can be influenced by age, diet, gender, health, and medication.
Body odour is produced when the bacteria that live on our skin break down the proteins in our sweat into different acids. Some people tend to think that it is the growth of bacteria on the skin that produces body odour, but in reality, it is this process that produces the unpleasant odor.
Few things to make body odour go away
Wash your body
Shower at least once a day, and you’ll wash away sweat and get rid of some of the bacteria on your skin. Sweat by itself is basically odorless. But when the bacteria that live on your skin mix with sweat, they multiply quickly and raise quite a stink.
Use antibacterial soap
It’s important to use soap or an antibacterial detergent when you wash yourself, rather than just rinsing with water. When you shower, be sure to use a cleansing soap to lather up your underarms, groin area, and feet, along with any other problem areas you may have with body odour.
Regular shaving of the armpit
When armpits have hair, it slows down the evaporation of sweat, giving the bacteria more time to break it down into smelly substances. Shaving the armpits regularly has been found to help body odour control in that area.
The acidic nature of lemon lowers the pH of our body, making it difficult for the bacteria to survive on our skin. Cut the lemon into two halves and rub it directly on your underarms and allow it to dry completely. Wash off with lukewarm water. If you have sensitive skin, you can dilute lemon juice with a few drops of water and then apply it on the underarms.
Deodorant or antiperspirant
Deodorants make the skin more acidic, making it more difficult for bacteria to thrive. An antiperspirant blocks the sweating action of the glands, resulting in less sweating. Some studies, however, shows that antiperspirants may have a link to breast cancer or prostate cancer risk.
Keep your clothes clean
Change clothes often when you’re sweating heavily. Fresh clothes help keep body odor down. Be sure to change your socks as well, especially if you tend to have foot odor. Use deodorant powders in your shoes, replace insoles often, and go barefoot when possible.
Keep your skin dry
Bacteria like an environment with lots of moisture and warmth mostly in folds of moist skin. Because of this, it is important to dry off your skin whenever it becomes moist. Use a towel to wipe off sweat and other moisture after a shower and consider applying powder to areas like your armpit in order to combat moisture.
Wear a breathable undershirt
Wearing an undershirt is a great way to prevent armpit odour. Instead of seeping through your clothes, undershirts absorb your sweat, containing moisture and reducing body odour. The type of undershirt matters. Natural, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo can help you fight bad body odour. Synthetic, moisture-wicking materials like polyester and rayon push moisture and bacteria outward creating a more noticeable stench and sweat marks.