Underarm odor can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stop it. By keeping your underarms and clothes clean and using the right products, you can make underarm odor a thing of the past.
Make an effort to shower at least once each day, no matter how tired or busy you may be. Showering regularly is an excellent way to ensure that your body is fresh and clean throughout the day. If you wake up sweating after a hot night, hop in the shower; always shower after a long day of movement or, especially, exercise. You should never forget to shower after working out, or your bad body odor might build up.
Use an antibacterial soap for best results.
After you shower, make sure to fully towel off, so you don’t leave any moisture that invites bacteria onto your body.
Apply strong deodorants or antiperspirants to your underarms.
Though deodorants don’t stop sweating, they do mask the smell of bacteria on your skin. Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which is a chemical that does reduce sweating, and which also contains a deodorant. Apply the antiperspirant twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
If you think you need more than the average deodorant or antiperspirant, then check out products that say they are of a higher strength — you don’t need to go to a doctor to get these.
If you’ve tried a stronger anti-perspirant or deodorant and it’s still not working, it may be time to see your doctor to get a prescription for even stronger antiperspirant.
Wear natural-fiber clothing.
Wearing clothes made of cotton, wool, or silk will make your body less likely to sweat because of the comfort and durability of the materials. And if you’re working out, invest in a high-tech fabric that wicks the moisture off your body.
Change and wash your clothes often.
If you wear the same t-shirt for three days, then yeah, your armpits may smell. Make sure to always wash your clothes after you wear them, and to avoid wearing the same article of clothing for two or more days in a row, no matter how comfortable it may be. And take extra care with your workout clothes — dirty and moist workout clothes are a breeding ground for bacteria, so you should wash them after every single workout.
Try some relaxation techniques.
People often sweat not because they are overexerting their bodies, but because they are overexerting their minds. Take whatever measures you can to relax and reduce stress, and your body, mind, and underarms will reap the benefits. Try doing yoga, meditating, or taking at least thirty minutes to wind down before you fall into bed.
You can also relax by avoiding situations that you know will cause you stress. For example, if you’re always stressed in the morning because you inevitably end up being late for work or school, wake up 15 minutes earlier to make your life easier.
See a doctor.
If you really have severe armpit odor and have tried every natural treatment you can to eliminate it, then it may be time to see a doctor. A doctor can not only prescribe a stronger antiperspirant and give you sound advice, but he can also discuss a number of more extreme options with you. Here are some treatments you can discuss:
An outpatient surgical procedure called superficial liposuction curettage can remove your sweat glands by suctioning out subcutaneous through small cuts in your skin.
Open surgery that can include cutting or shaving the subcutaneous tissue that may remove some of the skin along with it. This is riskier, but the results last longer.
Shave your armpits.
Shaving your armpits will make it tougher for the bacteria in your armpits to find a cozy place to settle. If you’re really committed to stopping underarm odor, shave your armpits every time you shower, or at least as often as you can.
Use a homemade hydrogen peroxide solution.
Mix 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water. Wet a washcloth with this solution and wipe it on the affected area. This should destroy some of the bacteria under your arms.
Tobacco is another guilty pleasure that is known to cause body and underarm odor.
Apply witch hazel or white vinegar to your underarms.
Use a washcloth to absorb the witch hazel or white vinegar and wipe down your armpits. This will change the pH of your skin so the bacteria can’t grow.
Dust your armpits with cornstarch or baking soda.
This will reduce the wetness under your arms, and will help repel bacteria.
Use an alum rock.
Get special bath gloves. Use a body wash and scrub with the hand gloves.
When you’ve finished your shower, dry yourself properly with a towel.
Use alum rock under your arms. Make sure to apply properly.
When finished, apply a layer of oil on top such as coconut oil, just for fragrance.
Avoid a variety of foods.
If you want to stop underarm odor, one easy trick is to avoid certain pungent foods or foods that are known to increase underarm odor. Here are some foods that you should avoid:
Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
You may love your morning coffee or have a few beers or glasses of wine throughout the week, but if you want to eliminate your underarm odor, then you should cut down on — or even eliminate — these beverages as soon as you can.
Drinking a lot of water helps naturally cleanse your body and to keep you smelling fresh. Aim to drink a t least 8 – 10 8 oz. glasses of water a day.
Eat foods that improve your body odor.
Some foods that have been proved to improve your body odor include fruits, veggies, and whole grains. These foods can help improve your body’s metabolic function, helping it to work more efficiently. Eating a healthy balanced diet will also help lower your body’s stress levels, which may decrease the amount you sweat, and therefore will lower the amount of bacteria that is attracted to your body.
Take a wheat grass supplement along with your meals.
Chew on parsley, alfalfa, or other leafy greens after meals to help neutralize strong scents.
Eat chlorophyll-rich foods.
Foods that are rich in chlorophyll, such as kale and spinach, have been recommended to help neutralize the smells of foods that cause underarm odor.
Add magnesium and zinc to your diet.
You can add magnesium and zinc to your diet through vitamins, or by eating foods that are rich in these vitamins. Here are a few foods to try:
Foods rich in magnesium: nuts and seeds, spinach, lentils, avocado, bananas, and figs
Maintain a more healthy diet.
Studies show that if you are overweight, obese, or even just an unhealthy eater, you’ve placed more strain on your body, which makes movement more difficult and makes it easier for you to sweat, thereby attracting bacteria that can cause underarm odor. If you’re overweight, it may be time to eat a more balanced diet to shed those pounds and eliminate that pesky underarm odor.