Body Odor - what to do about it?

 It's incredibly difficult to find effective natural deodorants. It is also important to understand the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. The deodorants mask or minimize the smell, and the antiperspirants prevent or reduce sweating. So wouldn't it be better if you used antiperspirant to prevent sweating in the first place? Not necessarily. The reason why so many people opt for natural deodorants over antiperspirants is because antiperspirants often contain aluminum, which blocks sweat from exiting the body. The problem? According to some studies, aluminum in antiperspirants may cause breast cancer and other harmful side effects, so a natural deodorant would be better.

Now let's talk about the elephant in the room: What is BO and where does it come from?

Combined with sweat, bacteria on the skin causes body odor. When your body temperature rises, eccrine and apocrine glands (sweat glands) excrete fluids to cool you down and regulate your body temperature. Perhaps you've noticed your sweat has different scents at different times. Discover what might be causing your sweat to smell funny and what you can do to fix it.

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

We sweat to maintain our body temperature and this is triggered by everything from hormonal imbalances to our diet. I often have patients who come in to get botox to stop their hyperhidrosis, but there are a few other ways to reduce excessive sweating, says Board Certified Cosmetic doctor at Skinly Aesthetics. Apart from normal daily sweating, excessive sweating can be caused by a number of factors, for example hormones, emotions (such as stress and anxiety causing an accelerated heartbeat and body temperature rise), the material of your clothes, sleep hygiene (sleeping enough for your body to rest and heal) and what you eat and drink.

Consider your routines and habits. Stay healthy by getting enough sleep, reducing your stress level, and eating well. Though sweating is a natural phenomenon in the body, you can take some simple steps to reduce stress and reduce sweating in your daily routine. Due to the type of sweat glands and hormones involved in stress, studies have shown that stress sweat can smell worse. Moreover, pungent foods like garlic and onions seem to contribute to a more powerful sweat odor. Spices can cause you to sweat because your body can respond to capsaicin, the chemical that gives them their flavor, the same way it does when it is hot. If you're smothering everything in hot sauce and chili powder, try cutting back! In addition to stimulating the adrenal glands, caffeine also makes us sweat. Coffee may or may not be a good option to reduce sweating. Some people may have to avoid this one.

Try armpit detoxing

We've all used facials and body scrubs, so why not apply them to your armpits? Natural products can help absorb sweat without the need for metal-containing antiperspirants. The products can be combined to make masks. A few of the ingredients include bentonite clay, water, and apple cider vinegar, which is antibacterial and can assist in killing germs that cause odors. Using clay can help absorb the sweat itself, which means less smell. In addition to these ingredients, some of the best natural deodorants also contain clay, charcoal, zinc, and other minerals and natural ingredients to help absorb sweat and mask odors.

Keep cool by wearing lightweight fabrics that absorb moisture

A lot of clothes are made of polyester, which is essentially water resistant, so you sweat without anywhere to go and feel trapped in your clothes. Wear cotton rather than synthetic fibres, which are breathable and absorb moisture. There are also great linen and cambray fabrics that share many of the same characteristics as cotton fabrics. 

Keep your body temperature down, this may be the most obvious. 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 largely due to sweat, the first thing you should do is avoid things that make you hot, avoid stress, and manage your hormones appropriately. These tools can be used sometimes to address this issue. Second, there are items you eat, hormonal imbalances, and bacteria on your body that could make you sweat smell.

The act of sweating is perfectly normal, but when it becomes excessive, it can cause great discomfort. Speak with your primary care doctor if you have any serious issues with excessive sweating to ensure there aren't any serious underlying issues.

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