Nobody wants to be the stinky person in school, at home, or in any social gathering. Let’s face it, having body odor can hurt our social lives or even kill relationships.
Anyone who has reached puberty can produce body odor, though some people emit stronger scent than others. Body odor is the unpleasant smell produced by bacteria on the skin that break down the acids in the sweat. Medically known as bromhidrosis, this happens when the apocrine sweat glands develop and produce sweat that bacteria can quickly break down. Based on statistics, boys or men are more likely to have body odor because they sweat more.
Body odor arises for varying reasons. In fact, there are things that can make body odor worse, like being overweight, consuming rich or spicy foods and drinks (spices and alcohol), certain medications, and some medical conditions.
When to Visit a General Practitioner
Normally, people can manage body odor by using certain products in the market. But sometimes, it is recommended to go see a general practitioner.
One must see a practitioner if:
- Sweating or body odor is causing distress
- There is a change in body odor
- You suddenly begin to sweat much more than usual
Having body odor is an unpleasant problem. It can affect a person’s confidence and self-esteem.
Thankfully, it can be managed by getting rid of excess skin bacteria, which is responsible for the smell. This can be done by keeping the skin in the affected area clean and dry.
Keeping your armpits clean and free from bacteria will help keep odor under control because the armpits contain a large number of apocrine glands, which are responsible for producing body odor.
There are many things you can do to get rid, if not prevent, body odor. Taking warm baths/showers every day to shaving armpits regularly can help keep or prevent it. Things like wearing natural fibers or clean clothes to limiting the amount of spicy food intake can also help.
Using a deodorant is the most effective way to keep body odors away. But deodorants sold in the market are packed with chemicals that are harmful to the skin. It is best to use natural deodorants like alum powder.
One natural deodorant we recommend can be made at home. This homemade coconut oil deodorant is extremely healthy and natural. Only three ingredients are needed. Plus, this is effective and cheap to make.
Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 40 drops essential oils
- Mix coconut oil and baking soda in a bowl.
- Add in essential oils.
- Store in a deodorant container or a glass jar.
Author Name: Nadine Escudero
Nadine is a wandering writer and blogger. She loves travelling and exploring new places, and finding hole-in-the-wall dining places. As a wannabe cook, she loves discovering new recipes and ingredients, like the versatile coconut oil (and yes, she uses it on just about anything and everything). On lazy days, Nadine is spending time at the beach with her fur-babies, Pepe and Pido.