14 Sep B.O.!!
Body oder: Let’s face it, people are starting to smell a little bit as puberty hits. And yes, you are a member of those “people.” What’s the deal? Where did that smell come from and what can you do about it?
B.O. is caused when bacteria that naturally live on your body start to break down your sweat into acids… giving off that unpleasant odor. It’s NOT sweat that smells, it’s the bacteria breaking down the sweat the smells. Some conditions may make this break down worse: spicy foods, obesity and even diabetes can make a person more susceptible to B.O..
What can you do to make it better?
- Keep your ARMPITS clean. Armpits have a lot of apocrine glands (see Did You Know below) so washing well with soap can help. Also, HAIR traps moisture giving the bacteria more time to break down the sweat… so shaving can help. Finally, a good deodorant can help. Deodorants make the area more acidic, making it more difficult for bacteria to thrive.
- Take a shower at least once a day with soap and warm water to help remove bacteria from the skin.
- Avoid spicy foods… yep. They tend to make your sweat smell more. But they can be good for you, too. And good-tasting.. So balance and awareness are key.
B.O. of the feet? Of the mouth? Ewww, we know, but to avoid them, read the next post on two more smelly issues.
(information on body odor from MedicalNewsToday.com)
What do you do when you realize you have B.O.?(When running and hiding is not an option and masks are nowhere to be seen.)