Getting Rid of Foul Body Odour
Sweating should not worry you since it is a natural process that aids the body in regulating its temperature. You will sweat whether you like it or not when physically exercising, during hot weather, or when walking in the sun. The big challenge is when the sweat produces a foul odour which could be pretty embarrassing when you are with your friends, colleagues or loved ones. Bad body smells could destroy one's quality of life and self-esteem; you must avoid it at all costs.
According to health experts, sweat is usually odourless. The smell is caused by bacteria that accumulate on your sweaty skin and react with sweat and oils to grow and multiply when perspiration reacts with skin bacteria. Bacteria that break down proteins and fatty acids are responsible for the unpleasant smell of the human body. Adolescents, obese people and individuals with certain medical conditions are prone to foul body odours.
The feet, the groin, the armpits, the genitals, pubic and other hair, the belly button, the anus, and behind the ears are the most common places for body odour to occur. People's diet, sexual orientation, medical conditions, and medications contribute to unpleasant body odour.
The good news is that foul body odour is treatable. Here are some validated ways to keep your body odour at bay so you can always get a pleasant smell.
Swear is odourless and is not responsible for poor body odour; instead, the scent is caused by the response of sweat and microorganisms on one's body. Therefore, it is appropriate to shower at least once a day and after physical exercise. If possible, bathe in the morning and before you retire to bed. Showering will wash away sweat and eliminate some bacteria on your skin. Be sure to use anti-bacterial soap as they are designed and proven to remove odour-causing bacteria.
Dry yourself well
Thoroughly dry yourself after showering by paying attention to areas where you tend to perspire excessively. Bacteria that cause body odour can't survive on dried-out skin. Do not wear your clothes after shower before drying yourself using a dry towel.
Apply probiotic deodorant or antiperspirants
We tend to sweat more when it is cold than during warm weather. To prevent excessive sweat, apply antiperspirants. They have aluminium chloride, a chemical that helps keep moisture at bay. Dermatologists recommend we use antiperspirants before one goes to bed. You can also apply deodorant, which prevents offensive smells in the first place. While antiperspirants are applied at night, you may use probiotic deodorants in the morning or the day after a shower. Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/should-you-tell-a-job-candidate-about-her-body-odor/
Shave your body hair
Having much hair on your body can cause many problems, making you sweat more. Moisture and bacteria can be trapped and mixed, leading to a body odour. Regularly trim your underarm and groin hair and any hair that grows in these areas. The trimming will prevent bacteria from hiding and multiplying and reduce body odour.
Put on light clothes.
Wear loose, airy clothing that allows air circulation and thus keeps you cool. Light clothes enable airflow and the body's heat to escape easily. Avoid synthetic clothing that does not allow the skin to breathe and clothing that is too tight.
Watch your diet
The food you eat may influence your body's odour. Processed foods, excessive consumption of red meat, too much alcohol or caffeine, and foods cooked with garlic and onion can make your body stink. Foods that cause you to sweat more, such as hot peppers or other spicy foods, can cause body odour. Caffeine and alcohol can also increase sweating. Eating magnesium and zinc-rich foods such as shellfish, pecans, tofu, oysters, and broccoli can also help.
Dress in breathable clothing
Make sure you're wearing clothing that will help you reduce sweating. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton, silk, and wool to allow air to enter your clothes and prevent sweat from accumulating. With the suitable material, you won't have to worry about perspiration building up on your skin and mixing with your skin.
Wear clean clothes
Isn't it tempting to wear the same clothes after a day of shopping or even working out? Odour-causing bacteria thrive in these environments, so change your clothes often when you sweat heavily. Fresh clothes help keep body odour down.
Following these tips, you can avoid unnecessary embarrassment with your loved ones or friends. On the other hand, body odour and excessive sweating may be signs of a more serious health problem. Please consult a medical professional if your body odour or sweat volume changes unexpectedly.
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