There are smells and there are odors. Smells come and go. When a smell lingers and becomes persistent, it becomes an odor. An odor, which is a distinctive and unpleasant smell that’s attached to someone or something, comes in various forms and of all the forms it presents itself, body odor is one of the most offensive and bothersome because it just follows you everywhere you go whether you know it and like it or not. In fact, nobody likes body odor whether it oozes out of your own body or someone else’s; it’s that bad! Knowing how to get rid of body odor is therefore, lifesaving!
Body odor is more or less a smell; an offensive smell that’s associated with a person’s body and follows it everywhere like its shadow. In fact a shadow’s better because it’s optional…… Enough of these gloomy talk; you’re not in for it yet. You can get rid of body odor in so many ways and they’re simpler than you’ve imagined. You only need to have a little faith, be consistent and of course some more patience.
…From the basics of course…..
Body odor (BO) goes by many technical names; osmidrosis, ozochrotia or bromhidrosis. Every human being has a unique form of Body odor (BO); a perceived unpleasant smell that our bodies emit as a result of bacteria breaking down protein into various acids. Don’t kill yourself over sweating; it’s the body’s natural cooling mechanism. Sweating does not necessarily cause body odor, but when this sweat mixes with the bacteria that grows on the skin naturally, an unpleasant scent is produced apart from the interaction of sweat with bacteria, BO can be caused by, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal problems, underlying medical conditions and poor hygiene. Body odor which can occur in different areas of the body (not just the armpit) varies in intensity and can be influenced by certain diseases, medications and environmental conditions.
Body odor is specified by the foods you eat, the kind of bacteria that’s present on your skin, the kind and quantity of sweat you produce, the type of bacteria on your skin, interaction process between sweat and bacteria and your overall state of health. Thus persons, who suffer from excessive sweating, are obese, diabetic or under specific are susceptible to body odor.
Whether from the armpits, or genitals, extremities or even behind the ears, body odor is embarrassing and can create negative confidence and self-esteem issues. This explains why there’s a rise in the use of deodorants, perfumes, colognes and fragrances. Anti perspirants can reduce the level at which you sweat, and this can be a bit helpful. Deodorants and perfumes are temporary solutions as they cannot get rid of the odor completely. Basically, you can get rid of body odor by reducing the amount/rate of sweating and treating the bacteria that causes sweat to smell. The following remedies will help you to get rid of body odor presently and prevent it’s occurrence in the future.
Diet Changes: if you find yourself smelling like a combination of spicy onions and garlic or stale coffee, it just might be because it’s in you. To get rid of body odor, check the things you eat and drink and check again! Once you make these adjustments, you’ll begin to notice the changes. For starters, your water intake should supersede that of any other liquid, especially alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks. Garlic and onions and certain spices can trigger body odors so use them (and sparingly) only when necessary. Some seafood like tuna and swordfish contain mercury in high quantities and this can give off a foul body odor. Incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fibres and vitamins and probiotics into your diet. Smoking and alcohol, apart from making you stink on a normal day, can also change your sweat. The chances are sure that when you’re good on the inside, you’ll exude it on the outside
Embrace a Good (and Better) Hygiene: Poor hygiene can create body odor even where it’s originally not. To effectively get rid of body odor you need to check the state of your body hygiene. Is it good enough? Can it be better? Answer these questions sincerely or get a true friend to do the job for you. Not bathing regularly or properly can encourage the secretion of unpleasant odors by the eccrine and aprocrine glands found in and around your underarms, hands, feet and genitals when interaction with skin bacteria occurs. You can get rid of basic body odor just by keeping your body and even your clothes clean, and making sure it stays that way. A bath/shower twice a day is not too much especially if you tend to sweat a lot. Pay attention to your private, pits and folds. Wear clothes that’ll allow the body to breathe easily and do not repeat the same pieces of clothing the day after, as you’ll carry over a stale smell that can become an odor in the course of the day.
Exercise Regularly: Sometimes, body odor can occur as a result of an accumulated build up of toxins in the body. This body can be detoxified by physical exercises that encourage sweating, a part of the detoxification process. Be sure to drink water before and after and also shower afterwards. Wash your gym wears regularly to prevent it from breeding odors.
Shave or Wax and Trim: shave your underarms and keep your pubic hair trimmed if you can’t shave it completely. Hair traps bacteria and odorants and its presence in these regions can slow down the evaporation of sweat and also cause odors to be easily absorbed. Each time you shave and trim, you reduce the chances of odor causing bacteria having a field day on your body.
Stay Calm: this is more of a logical solution though. There are certain situations where stress and anxiety take over and we lose our cool and begin to sweat uncontrollably and all that. By staying calm, your glands stay calm too and function normally. You can thus reduce the chances of producing excess sweat for bacteria to feed off.
Stay Cool and Dry: moisture and wetness encourages odor causing bacteria to thrive. To get rid of odors, be sure to dry yourself properly after bathing or exercising especially in the odor prone areas and areas of skin folds. Also, try to stay in an air conditioned environment and stay out of sweaty situations unless it’s absolutely necessary and even then you should take a shower afterwards. Talcum powder, anti-fungal powder and baking soda can absorb excess sweat and keep you dry. A favourite is fragranced powder (the baby fragrances) that leaves you smelling sweet.
Antiperspirants: the chemical agents in antiperspirants can control sweating. It’s best used in the night which gives it a chance to work while you’re asleep. During the day, it can easily be washed away by sweat leaving you vulnerable. Antiperspirants can also contain deodorants to make you smell good too.
Clean Socks and CLEAN Shoes: this one applies more to the male folk. Some folks only have to remove their socks and foot wears to let all hell loose! To get rid of body odor, especially the one that oozes from your feet, wear shoes that’ll allow your feet to breathe. Air-dry your shoes after each wear. This will prevent the odors from staying in or increasing in concentration. Ensure you clean the insides of your shoes regularly. You can use an antifungal spray or deodorizer inside your shoes and dry afterwards .It is not proper to wear shoes (especially covered shoes) day in and day out without airing. Cotton socks will allow your feet to breathe, use them and wash them regularly. Your feet should not be left out in this wise; you can powder it to keep it dry and indulge in a salt bath once in a while will do a great good by effectively killing bacteria.
Medications: don’t self medicate anyhow as sweating is a major side effect of many drugs, especially antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. apart from sweating, the smell of these drugs can be perceived in your sweats and it’ll make you a mobile odor-oozing dispensary.
Over-the-Counter Medications: body odor can also be treated with over the counter medicines such as chlorophyll pills, chlorhexidine 0.5% solution and 20% aluminium chloride solutions known as Anhydrol Forte and Driclor or as prescribed by the chemist. Chlorophyllin is very effective as an internal medication and not only body odor, but mouth and foot odor as well. The chlorhexidine and aluminium chloride solutions reduce bacteria and can be applied to your armpits, feet and other areas at night before you sleep. You can rinse it off in the morning to reapply again at night.
Surgery: there’s surgery available; endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) surgery that’s done under general anaesthetic to destroy the nerves that control sweating. This is an irreversible surgery that kills the bothersome sweat glands in the armpits. In some few cases, it can cause an increase in sweating from the chest and back afterwards, because the body still has to sweat. In cases of severe sweating, liposuction has and can also be used to suck out sweat glands from deeper layers of skin as an alternative.
Botox: Botox is an alternative to surgery and apart from being used for facial improvements can be used to treat excess sweating. It’s a safe and effective treatment with results that can last between 4-9 months. It can be considered as a prelude to surgery, just to see how your body would react to a more permanent solution.
Apple Cider Vinegar: actually, vinegar of any kind is acidic and is effective because bacteria cannot thrive in acidity. It also has the ability to prevent the skin from secreting odors can dispel body odor where it’s present. To use vinegar on your skin, soak your feet in an ACV solution or apply it on your underarms after a bath/shower. Be sure not to use it on a freshly shaved or sensitive skin to avoid any negative reaction. You can also make a deodorizing spray by mixing equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar in a bottle to use on your armpits.
Baking Soda: you can get rid of body odor using a baking soda paste. You can mix a part of baking soda with water to form a runny paste, or better still with lemon/lime juice for effectiveness. The paste works as a natural antibacterial soap and can be applied in the shower, massaged in for some minutes and then rinsed off. Baking soda can also be mixed with corn starch and a few drops of tea tree oil for fragrance and the applied to the skin. Don’t forget to rinse afterwards too.
Coconut oil: some people swear by this. You can try it out using extra virgin coconut oil lightly under your arm pits as an effective deodorant. Coconut oil can also be mixed with baking soda and essential oils to use as an alternative to regular deodorants. Better still; just make your own antiperspirant/deodorant with natural ingredients. The rule here is that if you can eat it you can put it on your skin.
Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen Peroxide solution is effective for underarm odors. Add a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to a cup of water, stir well and apply to your underarms with cotton wool or a soft washcloth. You can also rub hydrogen peroxide directly on your armpits (using a subtle quantity) to kill the odor creating bacteria.
Lemon/Lime juice: Lemon juice is another remedy that rids body odor effectively. It contains citric acid that creates a bacteria-inhibiting acidic environment when applied. Lime is a little more acidic and in this wise more effective. To use this, apply it on the odor prone areas after showering and leave it on overnight.
P.S. You can use and combine many of these as they apply to you; diligently and consistently, to effectively rid your body of any unpleasant smell and then you can exude life in a beautiful way.