What is body odour?
Despite what you might think, it’s not our sweat that smells. The real culprit is the bacteria that live on our skin.
What causes body odour
Natural bacteria on our skin feed on our sweat and release the smell we call body odour, also known as bromhidrosis. The warm, damp conditions of underarms make them an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive and for the sweat from our apocrine glands – which are more prone to releasing odour – to get trapped. This can also result in sweat patches on our clothes.
Who gets body odour and when
Body odour starts to occur when we’re in puberty. Men tend to suffer more from body odour, as they sweat more from their apocrine glands than women, even though women actually have more sweat glands overall.
Certain foods, like curry, garlic or spices, alcohol and some types of medication can also make our sweat smell unpleasant.
How can I stop body odour?
If you sweat a lot, you may find that body odour is becoming a problem. Here are a few things that could help:
- Make deodorant part of your daily routine. Rexona’s Motionsense™ formula responds to body movements, releasing bursts of freshness throughout the day.
- Sweat can easily get trapped in our armpits, feet, toes and genital area – which can lead to sweat patches, so it’s important to properly wash and dry these parts of your body with an appropriate soap or shower gel.
- As hair allows sweat to get trapped and cause body odour, shaving your underarms can help.
- If smelly feet are a problem, make sure you wear socks made from natural fabrics and change them daily, and avoid wearing shoes made from synthetic materials.
Rexona has a range of antiperspirant innovations to help with body odour, including 48-hour protection, and our extra protection antiperspirant, Maximum Protection.