Is there anything more embarrassing than meeting someone new only to find that you are reeking of body odor? For some people learning how to get rid of body odor is a top priority. If you are facing this dilemma, it is helpful if you know what causes body odor in the first place. Here are a few of the most common causes of body odor and what you can do to address the issue.
- Did you know that stress could be making you stink? It is true, when you are stressed sweating increases and then mixes with the bacteria found in the hair under your arms, and other places. You see it is not sweat itself that stinks but the bacteria on your body that feeds on carbohydrates. In addition, there are particular sweat glands under the arm called apocrine glands, these are also present in the groin and soles of the feet. These provide the “sustenance” to bacteria, which in turn causes odor.
- You probably already knew that onions and garlic can cause atrocious breath, but did you know they can be excreted in your sweat as well? Your skin is the largest organ of the body and is responsible for many functions including protecting the body, exuding sweat to cool the body and removing toxins from the body. When you eat certain foods, sweat increases, as do the odors. Caffeine, tobacco, red meat and fatty foods are just a few of the items you should avoid if you suffer from body odor.
- Bathing would seem like a no brainer when it comes to odor control but pre-teenage boys are especially prone to avoiding this chore. So, for the sake of covering all the bases let’s say that you should bathe daily, twice a day if the odor problem is bad and use soap! Soap kills bacteria on the skin, and what have you learned about bacteria? It is the main ingredient in body odor from sweating!
- What you wear is vitally important especially if you are prone to strong body odors. You want to wear breathable fabrics like cotton that will wick away moisture preventing many issues of body odor. Cotton, silk and wool are all natural fibers and will help you combat odor problems.
- There are literally hundreds of antiperspirants and deodorants on the market today. Some will work better than others will for those who suffer extreme body odor issues. If you have run through the majority and found you are, still having problem you may need to shave hairy areas and use basic talc. Hair provides a lot of surface area for bacteria to reside on, removing it removes the bacterial hotel so to speak. Men may be a bit uncomfortable with this process, but when push comes to shove which would you prefer, smell or hairless arm pits?
- As you can see there are many things that cause body odor, some you may have already known about and some you may not. However, now that you have a better understanding of the causes you can be more effective at addressing the problem. When you have tried all of the above and still cannot rid yourself of body odor, it may be time to seek professional help. Liposuction and Botox can both address underarm body odor by eliminating the sweat glands.