Unpleasant body odor is an embarrassing problem that can lead to all sorts of social, cultural, and professional issues. Although there are many deodorizing products on the market, many of these contain harmful chemicals whose long-term use is not recommended. Therefore, many people are seeking more natural alternatives for eliminating body odor.
To prevent excessive sweating and body odor, add these couple of home remedies to your bathroom cabinet to keep your skin clean and dry and some additional advises.
A lot of hair under your arms can create a swampy environment for bacteria. Hair is porous, meaning it easily absorbs odors and can even slow the evaporation of sweat.
Vinegar, whether it’s apple cider or white, can help lower the pH level of the skin for an anti-bacteria environment. It is recommended because the bacteria cannot thrive in acidity, and the smell will dissipate. It’s best to splash the vinegar under the arms when you get out of the shower, but not immediately after you have shaved your underarms. This is safe for the skin as long as it’s unbroken. It’s best to do a test on a small patch of skin to make sure you do not react badly.
Witch hazel and tea tree oil are natural sterilizers that can be applied on your armpits, since they are natural antiseptics. They lower the skin’s pH, which makes it impossible for bacteria to survive. Directly applying witch hazel on your skin can serve as a regular deodorant. For those who are prone to sweating, wipe underarms at least 4 times a day.
Bathe Or Shower Regularly
Since bacteria “melt” with sweat causes body odor, it is important to bathe or shower regularly. Use a gentle, plant-oil based soap and lather up. The greater the amount of lather and the longer you lather up, the more effective you are likely to be in removing bacteria from your skin.
Make sure you dry yourself completely. This is especially important in those areas that are prone to body odor: the groin, armpits, and around the nipples. Also ensure that any areas of skin folds (under the breasts, in the groin, at the abdomen) are completely dry.
Wear Fresh Cotton Clothes
Wear natural-fiber clothing like cotton, silk or wool. If you exercise and sweat, using synthetic materials that “wick” away moisture may be useful, but change back into the natural fibers after you shower away the sweat.
Improve Your Lifestyle
By certain improvements in parts of your lifestyle,,you can eliminate some body odor problems.Here you can find some additional tips for that matter.
Smoking and chewing tobacco lead to the production of free radicals which damage the body. They also lead to the formation of bacteria on the skin, which emit bad odor.
Drink A Lot Of Water
Water flushes all the toxins from the body which makes it the most neutral substance that reduces the formation of bacteria in the intestines. Drinking around 8 to 10 glasses of water daily will help keep the skin healthy, hydrated and odor-free.
Eat Probiotic Food
Probiotics are natural, gut-friendly bacteria which help to control the growth of other toxic bacteria in the intestines.They promote the growth of the bacteria lactobacillus bifidus, which improves digestion and reduces gut toxins. Substances like yogurt and buttermilk contain great deal of probiotics.
Eliminate Odor Producing Foods From Your Diet
There are a number of foods that may change your body odor. Fatty foods (fatty meats, poultry with skin, fried foods) and some spices (curry, garlic, onions) can change your body odor. Omit these foods at least for two to four weeks and see if that makes a difference.
Make Your Own Natural Antiperspirant
You can find a variety of recipes online, but here is one you can try.
- Mix 3/4 cup arrowroot powder and 4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
- Melt 6 tablespoons organic cocoa or mango butter and 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil together in a double boiler
- Stir together the melted ingredients and the dry ingredients and then add 1/2 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil to the mixture
- Store in a lidded glass jar. There is not need to be refrigerated.
Treat your body odor with a solution of hydrogen peroxide as an antibacterial solution.
- Take 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and mix with 1 cup of water
- Use a cotton washcloth, soak the washcloth in the hydrogen peroxide-water solutions, squeeze out the excess, and wipe your underarms, groin and feet with the solution.
Find Out The Reasons Of Your Body Odor
Body odor is caused by the breakdown of skin proteins by bacteria on the skin. The specific odor depends to some extent on the type of bacteria on your skin, the proteins they break down, the acids that are produced, the foods you eat, the amount of sweat you produce, and your overall state of health.
Age can make a difference for the type of body odor produced. Children before puberty do not produce much body odor. Androgens that are produced during puberty,are associated with the production of unpleasant body odor.
Most body odor can be dealt with using home remedies, but there are times when body odor signals the need to see your physician. In some cases, your physician may refer you to visit a dermatologist for solving your odor problem.