Few things are more embarrassing than body odor. Yet, if conventional deodorants or their fragrances irritate you, then you may feel like you have no choice but to smell. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to combat body odor while still maintaining your comfort and your health.
Tip #1: Keep your pits dry
Most underarm odors are caused by odor-causing bacteria that thrive on damp skin. This is why many people notice bad smells even after they have bathed – failure to dry the arm pits thoroughly allowed bacteria to quickly multiply. Make sure to dry thoroughly after a bath or shower. You can also use a bit of talc or cornstarch to absorb any moisture that remains. Keep in mind these powders can leave visible marks on dark colored clothing.
Tip #2: Try a bacterial rinse
Since bacteria are the cause, you can sometimes combat odor by temporarily killing the odor-causing organisms. There are two natural ways to do this that are usually gentle enough for the thin skin in your armpits – vinegar or witch hazel. A quick splash under each arm is usually sufficient. Keep in mind that this can irritate some people's skin, so be prepared to rinse it off quickly if you notice stinging or other discomfort.
Tip #3: Grab your razor
Hair holds onto moisture and prevents the skin in your armpits from drying quickly, which increases the chances for foul odors. Fortunately there is an easy fix – shaving. If you prefer not to shave completely, at least consider trimming the hair so there isn't as much available to trap moisture. Also, make sure both the skin and the hair is dried completely after bathing.
Tip #4: Skip the synthetics
Synthetic clothing doesn't breathe well and it tends to trap moisture against the skin, which will definitely lead to a smell problem. Instead, opt for natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, hemp, linen, silk, or even wool. These keep moisture away from your skin, which decreases the chances of developing foul underarm odors.
Tip #5: Try a handcrafted deodorant
Natural deodorants are available that don't contain the heavy aluminum or fragrances that often are the cause of underarm irritation. These are usually made with a mixture of natural antibacterial agents combined with herbs that add a subtle, non-irritating fragrance. Recipes vary greatly, so you may need to try a few handcrafted deodorants to find the right one for you. Explore your options with products from companies like Body & Soul Naturally.
With a bit of persistence you can overcome underarm odor and avoid embarrassment.