How to get rid of Body Odor

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We all know that natural deodorants that work are hard to come by. Another thing to note is the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. A deodorant masks or reduces the smell, and an antiperspirant stops or reduces sweating. So you would rather just use an antiperspirant to stop sweating in the first place, wouldn’t you? Not necessarily. Antiperspirants typically contain aluminum, which is the substance that prevents sweat from coming out of your pores, which is why some people opt for natural deodorants over antiperspirants. The problem? Aluminum in many antiperspirants may have a link with breast cancer and other harmful side effects. As a result, a more natural deodorant might be preferable.

Let’s discuss the elephant in the room: What is BO and where does it come from?

Sweat and bacteria on your skin are the sources of body odor. You sweat when your eccrine and apocrine glands (sweat glands) in your body release fluids to cool your body down and regulate your body’s temperature. Your sweat might have had different scents at different times. What might be causing your sweat to smell funny and what you can do about it are explained in this article.

Get to the bottom of why you sweat and what you can do to minimize it?

The human body sweats as a natural function that can be triggered by anything from hormonal changes to poor diet. I often have patients who come in to get botox to stop their hyperhidrosis, however, there are other ways to reduce excessive sweating, says Board Certified Cosmetic Practitioner, Dmitriy Schwarzburg, MD at Skinly Aesthetics. Apart from daily sweating, there are other factors which may lead to increased sweating, for example hormones, emotions (such as stress and anxiety that increase your heart rate), the material of your clothes, sleep hygiene (how much sleep you get), and what you eat and drink.

Analyze your daily routine and habits. Be sure to get enough sleep, manage your stress levels, and maintain a healthy diet. Despite sweating being a natural part of life, there may be some small adjustments that you can make to your daily routine to reduce stress and possibly reduce your sweating. There is evidence that stress sweat can smell worse because of the type of sweat gland and hormone involved in stress. In addition, garlic and onions contribute to a stronger odor from your sweat. Spicey foods can cause sweating since your body reacts to capsaicin, the chemical in them that causes them to be spicy, in the same way that it reacts to heat. If you’re the type who covers everything in hot sauce and chili powder, try cutting back and see if that helps! Besides stimulating our adrenal glands, caffeine can also cause sweating. Coffee is not something that has to be given up to reduce sweating. Some of you might have to skip this one.

Try armpit detoxing

We’ve all used facials, body scrubs, so why not treat our armpits as well? Natural products can be used to absorb sweat without using antiperspirants that contain potentially harmful metals. Combining these products can result in masks. The main ingredients of the paste include bentonite clay, water, and apple cider vinegar, which contains antimicrobial properties that can kill germs causing odor. There are products available such as clay that can help absorb sweat itself, and less sweat means less odor. Clay and charcoal are a few of the best natural ingredients you can use in deodorants to help absorb sweat and mask smell.

Lightweight fabrics that absorb moisture should be worn to stay cool

In many clothes, there is a polyester base, which is water-repellent, which means that sweat has nowhere to go, leaving you trapped inside your clothes with your sweat and discomfort. Instead, try wearing cotton clothes, which are breathable and absorb moisture. The qualities of linen and chambray are also similar to those of cotton fabrics. 

Try to keep your body temperature down–it’s the most obvious thing to do. Having loose clothing on, remaining hydrated, and even applying aloe vera to hot spots like your forehead, armpits, and palms can cool the body, preventing excessive sweating. 

Final takeaway

Because body odor is primarily caused by sweat, maintaining a cool body, avoiding foods that cause your body to get hot, and preventing stress and hormonal imbalances is the best way to combat it. It is sometimes possible to deal with this problem by using the tools listed above. As a secondary cause of sweat odor, foods you eat, hormone imbalances, and bacteria in your body should be considered.

Excessive sweating can be a nuisance, but is completely normal. You should consult your primary care physician if you suffer from excessive sweating to ensure there are no serious underlying issues.

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