Preventing underarm Odour

As teenagers, we start experiencing a lot of changes in our body. This is the time you get exposed to topics like Puberty, Reproductive system etc in school. During puberty, the sweat glands become more active (apocrine gland), and the sweaty region of the body like armpits or scalp starts producing a fatty form of sweat. This oily sweat can easily attract bacteria, which break down the sweat particles and produce an unpleasant odor from the body of teens. It is crucial as teenagers to get prepared for these changes so it doesn’t hit you unawares. One of the changes we would like to talk about is the changes in your underarm, also called your armpit. You need to be aware of how to take care of that part of your body so you don’t start experiencing smelly armpit. You can imagine how embarrassing that can be, when you go on a group date and you stretch your hands to reach for a smoothie or pizza and your friends perceive an awful smell coming from you. Oh come on, let’s do something before it gets to that.

Smelling good is very attractive because people don’t get scared of coming close to you. It makes people attracted to you. Some scientists believe that long ago, underarm odor helped attract humans to their mates [source: Feldman]. But it’s obvious that for most of us, any such attraction has vanished from our culture. In fact, underarm odor is such a turn-off that a large amusement park in Surrey, England, recently banned customers from raising their arms when riding scary roller coasters during hot weather.

In generally healthy people, it’s not the underarm sweat itself that stinks. The culprits are the bacteria that feed on the sweat that’s manufactured by the specialized apocrinesweat glands found in the armpits, the scalp and in the groin area. Bacteria love this fatty sweat that’s released when people get hot, work out or become stressed. The longer your armpits stay warm and moist, the more the bacteria will feed — and release foul odor in the process.

The medical term for having chronically smelly sweat is bromhidrosis. Producing too much sweat is called hyperhidrosis, and that condition may make the odor problem worse. The obvious first line of defense is to get rid of bacteria and the sweat they dine on.

Here are some tips we recommend that would prevent underarm odour

Stop Shaving your underarm hair excessively if you have any

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Shaving it off usually creates problems, because body hair is there for reason. Skin is getting irritated when you use lotions and shaving creams. Depilatory cream or razor allows bacteria to grow and thus irritate the skin. The moisture that cause underarm odor  is absorbed by your underarm hair, you are shaving away.

Apply Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

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You can simply put a splash of lemon juice, a little water and ACV in spray bottle. Before you get dressed for school or for an outing, spray that under your arms in the morning. You can also keep spray bottle in your bag if you need to reapply during the day. Your skin will be kept from bacteria that causes odor and will be kept balanced. ACV are expensive and usually come in big bottles, if you need to buy a little portion as low as N300, you can contact us on 07064388544. If you also need a spray bottle we can get them for you. To order for the whole mixture you can call us as well. We would get them for you.

Natural Soap

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You can eliminate underarm odour by cleaning the whole body (armpits) with natural soap. Buy natural handmade soap like duduosun, Okin soap etc.

Baking Soda

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Baking Soda is natural and gentle. Make a mixture between a little cornstarch and a little baking soda and keep your skin dry and smell fresh all day. Use it before you get dressed.


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Alcohol is powerful substance used for various things, including getting rid of odor. Use odorless alcohol like vodka so you will not smell like alcohol. Use a cotton wool and dab some alcohol under the arms before you get dressed and eliminate odor and bacteria. It would keep you fresh all day long.


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You can stop the odor before it starts by applying some talc after washed with natural soap. That bacteria has not chance to grow if you reapply during the day.

Tea Tree Oil

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These gentle oils can solve various skin problems including odour. Tree oil has been used as an antifungal and antibacterial agent for hundreds of years. Mix some natural rosewater and few drops of tea tree oil, spray under the arms and get rid of odor immediately.

Hydrogen peroxide

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An excellent way to eliminate underarm odor is to use hydrogen peroxide. Mix water or natural rose water with hydrogen peroxide and use a cotton wool and dab, use it to clean your underarm to eliminate the odor on a natural and healthy way.


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Lemon is the perfect fruit that will help you to eliminate household odors, so you also eliminate underarm odor. Lemon can solve this problem because it balances Ph level of the skin. Place a slice of lemon under the arms for 15 min and enjoy all day long.


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By rubbing your arms with wet piece of alum, you will eliminate and prevent odour immediately.


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Showers or baths are crucial to the destruction of these bacteria — maybe more than once a day when the weather is hot or you’re especially active. You can also shower in your school bathroom, that’s why you have a bathroom in your school.


Use Antiperspirants

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Some of us call them roll-on, sure. But be sure that they are antiperspirants product. Antiperspirants stop the production of sweat that the bacteria feed upon. They have ingredients such as aluminum salts that plug the sweat glands. Many of them also contain some bacteria-fighting ingredients and/or some scent, but their main aim is to keep underarms dry.

The directions on some extra-strength antiperspirant products recommend that they be used at bedtime. During sleep, a person’s skin is more receptive to the protective ingredients. Because the ingredients are absorbed, the effects last all day — even after showering in the morning.

We wish you an odour free underarm as you take one of this preventive measure for underarm odour as your beauty routine.

Source: Natural news, Howstuffswork, Momjunction

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