Body odour can make you very self-conscious, but there are many steps you can take to help minimise and prevent odour, this should then ease any anxiety issues cased by this condition. In this article we have listed a few tips to help manage this, as there are a few simple things you can do to make body odour go away.
One of the prime areas that many people have issues with is smelly armpits and options to treat this will depend on the severity and underlying causes of the body odour.
The cause for bad body odour is down to your sweat glands that your body is covered as sweating is an essential function that helps us cool down. There are two main kinds of sweat glands. Eccrine glands cover much of your body and open directly on the skin’s surface. By contrast, apocrine glands occur in areas that contain a lot of hair follicles, like the groin and armpit. Instead of opening up to the surface of the skin, apocrine glands empty into the hair follicle and then open up to the surface.
When your body heats up, eccrine glands release sweat that cools your body. It’s typically odourless, until bacteria on your skin starts breaking it down. Certain foods and drinks you’ve consumed, as well as certain kinds of medication, can also cause eccrine sweat to smell.
Apocrine glands work primarily under stress, secreting an odourless fluid. This fluid begins to develop an odour when it comes into contact with bacteria on your skin. These glands don’t start working until puberty, which is why that’s usually the time we start to notice body odour.
While this is normal, some people sweat more than usual due to a condition called hyperhidrosis.. People with hyperhidrosis sweat excessively, especially from their hands, feet, and armpits.
Here are ten suggestions to help you treat bad body odour:
Keep yourself squeaky clean
Make sure you shower at least once a day. By doing this you will wash away sweat and get rid of some of the bacteria on your skin. Make sure that during your shower you wash areas very thoroughly where you tend to sweat more especially those with hair follicles.
Use Antibacterial products
Opt for an antibacterial soap instead of non-antibacterial scented products. Antibacterial soaps will help get rid of some bacteria, which will help with the odour. Check the product packaging to make sure antibacterial is shown.
Dry yourself correctly
After your shower don’t just quickly dry yourself and then dress. Instead make sure you dry yourself completely, paying close attention to any areas where you sweat a lot. If your skin is dry, it's harder for bacteria that cause body odour to breed on it.
Shave or wax
There have been studies carried out that found that shaving or waxing the armpits significantly reduced armpit odour. This is because cleansing is more effective on shaved or waxed skin.
Use a sweat solution product (underarms)
dandi® patch is a thin, discreet underarm patch that adheres to the skin. It is the perfect 3-in-1 sweat solution tackling odour, wet marks and yellow staining for both men and women. Simply apply the sweat products to freshly shaved, dry skin (under your arms) and these products will capture sweat and prevent odour for up to eight hours. Many people are also concerned about the potential dangers linked to parabens and aluminium present in deodorants and antiperspirants. This product does not contain these, giving effective, safe alternative to using deodorants and antiperspirants. It is also suitable for cancer patients to use and suffers of hyperhidrosis Or if you prefer not to apply to your skin you can use dandi® pad that adheres to your clothing. It rapidly detects perspiration absorbing it quickly, keeping you confident and your clothes dry. The pad features a soft outer layer, providing maximum all-day comfort. It works as a clever fashion hack for the common, but embarrassing problem of wet underarm sweat marks and stains.
Use ‘Industrial strength’ antiperspirants
If you are not using dandi® patch, once you’re clean and dry, use a strong antiperspirant on your underarms. These have aluminium chloride, a chemical that helps keep sweat at bay, and they often also have a deodorant in them. Use it twice a day -- once in the morning and once in the evening. You don’t need a prescription to get a powerful antiperspirant. Look for ones that say they’re higher strength. If you think you need more help, ask your doctor about prescription antiperspirants.
Keep your clothes clean
Change clothes often when you're sweating heavily. Fresh clothes help keep body odour down. Make sure you change your socks as well, especially if you tend to have foot odour. Use deodorant powders in your shoes, replace insoles often, and go barefoot when possible.
Cut back or cut out certain foods and drinks
What you eat can also affect your body odour. There are certain foods that tend to make you sweat more, such as hot peppers, spicy foods, onions or garlic. Drinks with caffeine or alcohol may also make you sweat more.
Choose the right clothes
Wear loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and moisture-wicking blends — especially if you sweat a lot. These will allow your body to stay cooler better than constricting clothes made from nonbreathable fabrics.
Injections (hyperhidrosis sufferers)
Although many are familiar with botox for its use in smoothing facial wrinkles, it has several other practical applications. Botox injected into sweat glands decreases both sweating and odour. This is a common treatment for people with hyperhidrosis. This isn’t a permanent solution, though. The injections only last a few months, so the procedure needs to be repeated as necessary.