Body odour starts with certain types of sweat. Eccrine glands pour out clear, neutral-smelling sweat, which cools your body as it evaporates. Apocrine glands, concentrated in your underarms and genitals, secrete a substance that bacteria feast upon, causing strong odours.
Stress, ovulation, sexual excitement and anger can cause apocrine glands to kick into high gear. Some diseases cause the body to produce particular odours, and so do drugs such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and bupropion (Wellbutrin). (Source: besthealthmag.ca)
Here are 7 ways you can keep bad odour away:
1. Keep yourself clean
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. Washing thoroughly, especially the areas where you tend to sweat, can help with body odor. (Source: webmd.com)
Aside from removing the nasty smell from your armpits, the acidity in lemon could also help whiten your underarms. Rub a slice of lemon on your armpits every night to get rid of your body odor.
3. Shave regularly
Underarm hair can increase body odour because it traps sweat and bacteria.
4. Use essential oils made of lavender, pine and peppermint
Essential oils of lavender, pine and peppermint fight bacteria. They also smell nice. Since some people have a skin reaction to certain oils, test the underarm area or a small patch of skin before using.
5. Use antibacterial soap
Washing thoroughly with an antibacterial soap bar will help get rid of some bacteria, which can help with the odor. Make sure you find the word “antibacterial” on the soap’s packaging.
6. Eat the right foods
Eat plenty of spinach, chard and kale. Green, leafy vegetables are rich in chlorophyll, which has a powerful deodorizing effect in your body. Foods that tend to make you sweat more, such as hot peppers or other spicy foods, might also lead to body odor.
7. Keep your clothes clean
If you sweat heavily or your sweat has a potent smell, try to change your clothes as often as possible. Also, you need to wash it often as well.
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