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Let us talk about Body Smells/Body odours

Today I want to share some important information that is sometimes looked at as sensitive, and in most cases even avoidable to talk about. Body odour is the unpleasant smell produced by bacteria on the skin that break down the acids in your sweat. Men sweat more than women do, hence they have strong body odours.

My advice on this subject is based on the information researched across various recognised websites, and skills gained via healthcare programmes I attended years back. I will also talk about certain changes in the body — hormones, food different conditions might trigger body odours. At the end of the paragraph l will give advice on self care or personal care hygiene.

Things that can make body odour worse include:

As we grow older Body odours become intense, you have heard of hormonal imbalance — certain conditions will make our hormonal levels fluctuate hysterectomy, pregnancies, menopause both in women and men.

being overweight consuming rich or spicy food and drink – such as garlic, spices and certain medical conditions. a fruity smell can sometimes be a sign of diabetes, while a bleach-like smell may indicate liver or kidney disease

Excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a person sweats excessively and much more than the body needs to regulate temperature.

If you have hyperhidrosis, you may also have smelly feet (bromodosis). Smelly feet are caused by wearing shoes and socks that prevent sweat evaporating or being absorbed, which attracts bacteria.

Consult the Doctors if your sweating or body odour is causing you distress or you notice a change in your body odour or you suddenly begin to sweat much more than usual managing body odour.

by getting rid of excess skin bacteria – which are responsible for the smell – and keeping the skin in the affected area (usually the armpits) clean and dry.

Self-care advice

Your armpits contain a large number of apocrine glands, which are responsible for producing body odour.

Keeping your armpits clean and free of bacteria will help keep odour under control.

Following the below advice can help you achieve this:

take a warm bath or shower every day – to kill the bacteria on your skin; on hot days, you may need to have a bath or shower twice a daywash your armpits thoroughly – use antibacterial soap a deodorant or an antiperspirant after bathing or shower, maintain regularly shave of armpits this allows sweat to evaporate quicker, giving bacteria less time to break it. If you can manage essential oils like lavender rose petals oils, lemon oil, lemongrass oil, tea tree oils, oragon oils add to your bath they help to rejuvenate your body keep ingredients odours under control and also help you to achieve that glow you have always wanted. Wear natural fibres, such as wool, silk or cotton – they allow your skin to breathe, which means your sweat will evaporate quicker, wear clean clothes, make sure you wash your clothes regularly, limit the amount of spicy foods you eat – such as curry or garlic, because they can make your sweat smell.

The active ingredients used in antiperspirants and deodorants differ, so you may find some more effective than others.

Deodorants work by using perfume to mask the smell of sweat. Antiperspirants contain aluminium chloride which reduces the amount of sweat produced by your body.

Use roll-on antiperspirants if you sweat heavily, as they tend to be more effective.