Brace yourself, we are about to get real about Body Odor. It is gross, but hey, it can happen to anyone. And with the temperature heating up, you're more likely to stink up your favorite sundress or workout gear. So take some time now to get to know your sweat—and find out how to ban BO for good.
You have 2 different sweat glands. They are called the apocrine and eccrine glands. Apocrine glands are located where hair follicles are most concentrated, and the sweat is waxy and fatty from the lipids they secrete. Eccrine glands are all over the body and produce watery sweat to keep the body cool.
Your hair may enhance the odor. It is really not the actual sweat from apocrine glands that creates that smell. Stench-causing bacteria happens to be attracted to that particular sweat. And if they break down the fats in apocrine sweat, the stay-away-from-me aroma appears. The more hair person has, the more surface area bacteria has to cling to, which keeps the smell so pungent.
Swiping on a stick is actually pretty powerful. The best line of defense is actually that tiny little stick of antiperspirant deodorant. The antiperspirant part targets the glands to stop the sweat from even coming out, while the deodorant masks the natural smell even if you have already been sweating.
Medical treatments are another alternative. In extreme cases—when over-the-counter products do not do the job—some people can ask their dermatologists for botox injections. This is an FDA-approved procedure and helps prevent sweating from occurring—but you will need injections every three to four months. There is also a new device called mira Dry which uses microwave technology to permanently eliminate underarm sweat glands—but it only works on that area.
Foods affect your scent. Onions, Garlic, and curry are classic Body Odor instigators which will make your smell even worse.
Overcleansing can make it worse. You may definitely use antibacterial soap and scrub away at your Body Odor hot spots, but do not go any farther. Some people try rubbing alcohol on those areas, that dries out the skin and causes the body to fight back by producing more sweat.
Stress produces more sweat. Yes. That is why you can see someone with drenched armpits before they head into a big interview.