Body odor (B.O.), osmidrosis, ozochrotia, or bromhidrosis – whatever you want to call it – is definitely unpleasant. Contrary to what you may think, it is not sweat that makes you have the body odor.
In fact, sweat doesn’t have a smell. The unpleasant odor that makes you self-conscious when you’re out with your friends or someone special is caused mainly by the bacteria we have on our skin, which turn sweat and protein into stinky acids.
If you’re regularly showering, brushing your teeth, and you’re pretty much clean, but you still have that embarrassing odor, here are the possible reasons why:
1. Bacteria in Your Mouth Cause Bad Breath
Despite brushing twice daily and using mouthwash, your mouth still smells like you’ve been having garlic for ages. You could have mucus and bacteria at the back of your tongue.
Solution: Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. If you need a quick remedy, just use a paper towel and rub the back of your tongue gently.
2. You Have Sweaty Feet
Smelly feet are actually quite common because most of us wear socks and shoes, which make it difficult for sweat to evaporate.
Solution: Now that you know trapped sweat is the cause, take off your shoes and get rid of the moisture using a tissue or a paper towel. You can also use an antiperspirant, which you can apply it to your feet and shoes. Make sure you change socks or stockings as well.
3. You Have Your Favorite Bra
If you just have that unpleasant smell even after taking a bath, it could be your favorite bra. It is common for females to have one bra that they constantly wear. Unfortunately, most bras use fabrics that can trap sweat and odor.
Solution: The solution is obvious. Wear other bras. Or at least make sure your favorite bra is clean before you wear it again.
4. You Eat Foods that Can Cause Body Odor
You probably already know that garlic and onion can increase the stink and it’s not just in your mouth. Even though you’ve been eating healthy, there are veggies that cause you to smell, including Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
Solution: Stay away from smelly foods, especially those that contain sulfur.
5. You’re Stressed
The body reacts to your mood and stress sweat is real. Sweat from you feeling stressed comes from the apocrine glands, which produce sweat that is less watery than the ones from your eccrine glands. Since the sweat produced is rich in protein and fats, bacteria go crazy and this is where body odor starts.
Solution: De-stress and keep yourself relaxed. If it is too hot outside, don’t go out if you don’t have to. If you need to work out, make sure you hydrate yourself.
Having body odor is embarrassing, but it’s good to know how to solve this kind of dilemma in just a few moments.