6 Practical Tips to Prevent Body Odor

Everyone has his own distinctive body smell. It just becomes a problem when someone’s body odor is offensive or strong that it pushes others away.

Our body has two kinds of sweat glands: the exocrine glands that are found all over the body; and the apocrine glands, which are activated only at puberty and are found in hairy areas, e.g., the pubic region and the armpits. Apocrine glands secrete proteins and fatty substances, which play a major role in causing the body odor.

Causes

  • Eating spicy foods, such as curry, onions, and garlic.
    • Bacteria acting on perspiration that was left to dry on the skin for a few hours.

Tips for Prevention

  1. Good hygiene – you need to take a bath or shower at least once a day.
  2. Wipe yourself dry, if a shower or a bath is not possible. Don’t leave the perspiration on the body for long periods.
  3. Avoid sweating excessively by keeping yourself cool with fan or air conditioner.
  4. Wear some light clothing. Avoid the fabrics that trap moisture and heat.
    Change your clothes regularly, especially your underwear.
    • Avoid eating spicy foods.

What You Should Do

  • Use antibacterial/antiseptic soap or bathing gel.
    • Take frequent showers or baths, especially after sweating a lot.
    • Dry your armpits before applying antiperspirant or deodorant.
    • Use talcum powder on body creases, to keep that skin dry.
    • If the body odor still continues, you may consult a dermatologist.

With a proper hygiene, the body odor is usually easy to prevent. Now you can raise your hands up as high as you want.

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