98% of us, living humans, produce body odor. Chances are, you’re not in the lucky 2%. No need to fret though, you’re in good company.
Bad news is you’re stuck with your own smell for life - so get used to it. Good news is there are solutions to minimize or improve your personal scent, and there are many studies that prove the effectiveness of each solution.
Now, you can always jump the gun and skip to the section of solutions below, but we think that’d hurt you more than it would our feelings.
Why? We want you to be educated on what body odor is and how it works so that you can identify the cause of your own odor, and find the most personalized solution. This can eliminate hours at the store of trying to figure out what to buy based on labels and advertisements alone.
As they say, knowledge is power.
What is body odor?
Body odor is the natural smell that comes from a person.
Technically, not all body odors are unpleasant. The body produces a range of odorants, or substances that hold smells. Many of these are crucial for bodily functions. But, excessive buildup of bacterial compounds can cause noticeable smells on the skin.
Body odor starts to really take effect during puberty. This is because hormones and sweat glands ‘wake up’ and become more active at this time.
You may think sweat causes the odor, but in fact sweat is odorless.
Now, let's get into what does cause it:
What causes body odor?
Human body odor is cause by multiple factors including diet, sex, health and medication, but the primary contributor is bacteria on the surface of the skin.
Body odor smells work like this: The bacteria across your body (primarily your armpits) multiply pretty quickly over time, and when you sweat, they break down the sweat into acids that cause the unpleasant smells, in other words, the subject of our current discussion.
So, although sweat itself does not cause odor, the interaction between it and the bacteria found on your body (most notably in your armpit) does cause the smell.
So, how can this help you decide how to address your body odor? First, knowing whether your problem is hyperhidrosis aka over sweating, or the smell itself can help you choose which methods to test out first.
How to cure body odor permanently?
In order to minimize body odor, there are two objectives at play: remove active bateria, and/or lower the frequency of sweating.
Moisture hosts bacteria, so the more you sweat, the more bacteria multiplies.
How do you remove BO? Two ways: Externally and Internally.
1. Externally removing body odor
You may already be doing some of the following, but the more you integrate into your daily routine, the better shot you have at getting rid of those nasty families of bacteria that smell bad.
But first remember, although body odor is usually associated with armpits, bacteria causes odor in the upper thighs, groin, anus area and feet. So make sure to keep all these areas clean as often as possible!
Shower with antibacterial soap or body wash:
Bacteria can be killed by both water and soap so it is crucial you don’t rush this part, and reach every area of your body.
Dry yourself fully after you shower: Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so the drier your skin is (in the areas that smell) the better.
Change clothes often, and take your post-gym clothes off ASAP: Don’t be afraid to switch shirts or shorts on days you spend being active. Sweaty gym clothes breed bacteria.
Deodorants: Deodorants work by killing the bacteria on your skin. The determining factor for most people nowadays is whether the deodorant is natural or not. Traditional deodorant uses active ingredients including Triclosan, Parabens, Propylene Glycol (and other petrochemicals). Deodorants with these ingredients are extremely effective for immediate use, but may be harmful for long term use.
What’s wrong with these ‘unnatural’ deodorants?
First, the bacteria that causes your body odor is not all bad. It also acts as an immune system booster. Using Triclosan has shown to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs. This could lead you to becoming sick more frequently.
Body odor is unpleasant, what’s not is a tasty gummy that makes you smell better! Chlorophyll, a natural herbal supplement, is proven to target and eliminate the toxins and bacteria that cause body odor. A product that tastes great has zero sugar and the exact amount of chlorophyll you need to keep your mouth smelling great are the Detox Chlorophyll Gummies by Common Treat.
Two gummies a day will keep the stink away!
The Bottom Line:
Everyone is born with a signature scent. Some smell more than others. Some sweat more than others. But the takeaway is what one does to address their body odor issues.
Although there are some factors you cannot control, there are many others you can. This includes your hygiene and cleanliness, your food and supplement intake, as well as what topical products you use.
We recommend that you start your day off with a shower using antibacterial soap, deodorize your armpits with a paraben and aluminum-free deodorant + antiperspirant and finally chew on two delicious Common Treat gummies to maximize your good smell.