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Body odour

Body odour


What causes body odour? 

Despite what you might think, it’s not our sweat that is responsible for bad body odour.

Natural bacteria that are found on our skin feed on our sweat and release the smell that we refer to as ‘body odour’, otherwise known as bromhidrosis. The warm, damp conditions of the 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.

Body odour starts to occur when we’re going through 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 hot spices, alcohol and some types of medication can also make our sweat smell unpleasant.

How do I control body odour?

If you sweat a lot, you may find that body odour is becoming a problem. Here are a few handy tips that could help you:

  • Make an antiperspirant deodorant part of your daily routine. Shield's Dry Shield Protection formula responds to body movements, releasing bursts of freshness throughout the day, thus helping to prevent body odour.
  • Sweat can easily get trapped in our armpits, feet, toes and genital area – which can lead to sweat patches – so it’s important to wash (with an appropriate soap or shower gel) and dry these parts of your body properly.
  • As hair allows sweat to get trapped and cause body odour, shaving your underarms can help.
  • If smelly feet are a problem, you should make sure that you wear socks that are made from natural fabrics, and that you change them daily. Also be sure to avoid wearing shoes made from synthetic materials. 

Shield has a range of antiperspirant innovations to help with body odour, including 48-hour protection, and our clinical strength antiperspirant, Clinical Protection antiperspirant deodorant. Find all the answers to your body odour and sweat related questions here. 

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