EMBARASSING BODY-ODOR –Let’s talk about
Everyone wants to love and be loved in return. This desire starts with initial contact with others where an attraction is kindled. For an attraction to be kindled, our five senses namely the sense of Hearing, Seeing, Smelling, Tasting as well as Touching are engaged. Thus, a perfect date has to look good, smell good and say the right thing in the least. The sense of touch and taste may or may not be engaged depending on what we see, hear or how the person smells.
Therefore embarrassing body-odor can be a hindrance to achieving your desired dating goal.
Often times we are most concerned with how we look and what we say; most of the time, we are not aware of our body odor which can be so repulsive to people we come in contact with. This is simply because our nose gets used to it and we often don’t perceive our own body odor.
WHAT CAUSES BODY-ODOR – Why Do We Have Body Odor?
The medical term for body odor is Bromhidrosis. Everyone gets body-odor. It is a normal part of human experience. When eventually people make us aware of our body odor either by telling us or by how they react to us in close contact, it is often a very embarrassing thing to us. It deflates our sense of self and our confidence level is brought low.
Body odor is a result of bacteria that feeds on our sweats. Sweats itself doesn’t smell, however, when bacteria that live in certain sweat areas of our body acts on them, it results in body odor.
WHERE DO SWEATS COME FROM?
There are different types of glands situated under our skin. Some produce oil and other substances needed for our skin health while some produce sweats (Sweat glands). There are two types of sweat glands in the deeper layer of our skin.
(a) Eccrine glands- these glands are situated in all areas our body. Sweats produced by these glands are watery and also contains some salt. For this reason, bacteria don’t act on eccrine sweats because of the high salt content. These watery sweats are squeezed to the skin surface through the sweat ducts, and as air blows on them, their evaporation cools our skin in hot weather.
(b) Apocrine glands are found in select areas of the body, namely your armpits, groin, and pubic area. Apocrine glands aren’t designed to help cool you off as eccrine glands do. Instead, these glands empty into a hair follicle instead of a duct. Apocrine glands release sweat rich in proteins. These protein-rich sweats are released under STRESS as well as when your body temperature rises.
It’s the protein-rich sweat produced by apocrine glands that are responsible for body odor because it is high in protein that, when broken down by bacteria, causes a stink. That’s why body odor mostly develops in your armpits and groin area, and why you don’t get B.O. on your forehead.
WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BODY-ODOR
Little children don’t get B.O. even when they sweat. Apocrine glands remain inactive until puberty when they begin to produce sweat. It’s only after puberty begins that body odor suddenly becomes an issue.
Besides Apocrine glands and bacteria messing with your sweat, there are certain things that can make you more apt to develop body odor.
BEING OVERWEIGHT – Skin folds can hold sweat and bacteria, making a more hospitable home for body odor.
EXCESSIVE SWEATING – A condition called hyperhidrosis can cause you to sweat a lot. Similarly, women undergoing menopause tend to sweat a lot under the hot-flashes. And some people just naturally sweat more than others.
EATING SPICY, PUNGENT FOODS – Even though spicy foods and pungent smelly foods don’t make your sweat smellier, the intensity of the smells of the food can seep through the pores of the skin. This is very obvious in a group of people who eat a lot of garlic or onions.
CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS – Diabetes, kidney or liver problems, overactive thyroid, and (extremely rare) genetic conditions can cause a ch9ange in your normal body scent. In some cases, an odd body odor can be a sign of something more serious. For example, a bleach-like or urine-like smell may mean kidney or liver problems. If you notice an odd change in your normal body odor or feel something is just not right, contact your doctor.
STRESS – Stress causes your Apocrine glands to work overtime. Remember, these are the glands that cause smelly sweat. So, you may notice a sudden breakout of B.O. right before your big presentation or after a particularly hair-raising or anxiety-provoking event.
5-TIPS FOR REDUCING BODY-ODOR
Body odor can be embarrassing; however, it is not often a serious problem that cannot be dealt with. There are things you can do to banish B.O., or at least tone it down a notch.
(1) Everyone sweats- so it is important that at least once a daily shower is very essential. Shower Use soap or shower gel and lather up thoroughly, especially in areas prone to B.O. In especially hot, humid areas, a twice-daily shower may be in order. It goes without saying—shower ASAP after working out or sweating.
If the regular shower is not helping, try to reduce the bacteria load by using an anti-bacterial soap or body wash like Dial. So there are less of them to turn sweat into stink.
(2) Make a regular daily Habit of using under-arm products– There are different types:
(a) Deodorants- they make your under-arm more hostile for bacteria to survive. Some also contain fragrances that mask B.O
(b) Antiperspirants – they block the sweat glands that to reduce the amount of seating or perspiration. Get the right underarm product. If you don’t sweat much but get body odor, deodorants are the way to go. If you’re a sweater, make sure you get a product that is labeled both an antiperspirant and deodorant. If you get major B.O., look for a stronger product with higher percentages of active ingredients. If over-the-counter products aren’t keeping you fresh, talk with your doctor about getting a prescription antiperspirant/deodorant.
(3) Wear “breathable” fabrics. Natural fabrics, like cotton, are better than polyesters, nylon, and rayon at keeping B.O. at bay. Natural fibers breathe, allowing the sweat to evaporate away. Avoid fabrics that trap sweat against the skin. These allow for a better breeding ground for body odor to develop. When working out, opt for moisture-wicking fabrics.
(4) Reduce Intake of Pungent and or Spicy food from your diet- Too much of Onions, Garlic and Broccolis can be pungent enough to seep through your skin pores. Eliminate or reduce spicy or pungent foods from your diet. Even too much alcohol intake can smell through the skin.
(5) Shave or wax. As mentioned above, Apocrine glands are concentrated in areas covered by hair, namely the armpits and the pubic area. The hair holds sweat and makes a good environment where bacteria can thrive. Removing hair can go a long way in controlling body odor. Yes, guys, that means you may want to consider shaving your underarms. If you prefer not going completely bare in any area, trimming the hair up short can also help reduce Body-odor.
MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR BODY-ODOR
I hope it will not get to this. If you’ve done everything to help reduce body-odor and aren’t noticing an improvement, visit your Doctor. You may have something different going on that needs addressing (a fungal infection, for example). Or, you may have chronic medical conditions that need attention.