Body odour, technically known as bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia, or more simply as BO, is caused by the breakdown of skin proteins by bacteria on the skin.
The specific odour 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.
Heres an article that can help you reduce the amount of odour your body produces as body odour can be very embarrassing.
1 Make sure you dry yourself completely. This is especially important in those areas that are prone to body odour: 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.
2 Eat enough green vegetables to help manage your odour. Not eating enough green vegetables can result in body odour. Green vegetables contain chlorophyllin, a natural odor-absorbing substance.
3 Quit smoking and chewing tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco can 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 odour.
4 Drink lots of water to flush your system. Water is an excellent solvent that flushes all the toxins from the body. Water is the most neutral substance and 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 odour-free.
5 Wear fresh cotton clothes because they’re breathable. 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.
6 Cotton clothes allow the skin to breathe, reducing the amount of sweat. Therefore, wearing cotton clothes keeps the skin healthy, dry and odour-free.
7 There are a number of foods that may change your body odour. 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.
8 Wash your clothes regularly. As mentioned above, body odour can seep into your clothing. If you sweat heavily in a shirt and allow the shirt to dry without washing it, there is a very good chance that that shirt will smell bad the next day. Try to wash your clothes every time you sweat in them to keep them, and yourself, smelling fresh.
9 Witch hazel acts as an astringent and reduces sweating. The tea tree oil acts as an antibacterial agent.
10 Tea tree oil is known for its anti-septic properties as well as its strong but pleasant odour.
11 When used as an external application, it kills the bacteria present on the skin and thus reduces toxin formation. So add 8 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to 1 cup of witch hazel. Pour this solution into a spray bottle and use as a natural deodorant, especially after exercise.
12 Use diluted lemon juice. Lemon juice is thought to be a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent.
13 Because of this, it can be used as fast relief from body odour. To apply lemon juice to your armpits or feet, you can either pour lemon juice onto a clean washcloth or rub a sliced lemon onto the problem area. But experiment the amount needed cause lemon juice is acidic and can cause skin irtitation. Try using a specific amount and it irritates. Wash it when you see it irritates your skin and wait for a few hours before applying a smaller dose.