Body Odor || Tips To Avoiding and Reducing It

Body Odor || Tips To Avoiding and Reducing It

You had just passed by the room and everyone was laughing so beautifully, you decided this gist will not pass you by and you had entered the room. Suddenly, everyone stopped laughing and started leaving the room one by one until you were the last man standing. You noticed most were squeezing their nose as they left and you tried sniffing to be sure it wasn’t gas that was released. Oh, it’s from you- you stink!

Body Odor according to NHS is the is the unpleasant smell produced by bacteria on the skin that break down the acids in your sweat. If you ask me, unpleasant is a light word to use for it, it is foul, disgusting and uncomfortable. The saddest news is that most of the people who has body odor do not even know they do until someone points it out to them. Personally, I have a very strong sense of smell and unpleasant smell disturbs my thought and processes at that point I perceive it. This is the reason why you would always find perfume oils or small bottles of perfumes in my bag. As soon as I smell such, I am using this on my wrist so I can feel better or worse still, I spray Airfreshner.


As much as I try to pretend nothing is wrong, my face will always betray me when someone around me has body odor, mouth odor or even if the environment stinks. It is such a terrible lifestyle for anyone to experience and it can make such person a loner. It can also affects one’s self-esteem and confidence.

Body odor is most likely to occur in the following body parts:

  • feet
  • groin
  • armpits
  • genitals
  • pubic hair and other hair
  • belly button
  • anus
  • behind the ears
  • the rest of the skin, to a lesser extent

Causes Of Body Odor And How To Reduce It

A good number of wrong habit is responsible for body odor. However, it is not limited to these things. Listed below are these activities:

  • Side Effects of Some Medications

Some drugs have been noted to have some side effects that causes bad breath. Always be sure to read up on side effects of drugs before committing yourself to taking them. If such drugs cannot be avoided, be sure to chew on mint gum to reduce the bad breath.

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  • Laziness in Changing Pads/Tampons During Menstruation

A lot of ladies would tell you their periods are never heavy, and you find them wearing one pad or tampon the whole day. It is not about how heavy or not you are but the fact that you need to clean down there squeaky clean. You do not even need to wash with soap, just water is perfectly fine and will do the magic. As long as your wash or clean it regularly and change your pads frequently.

  • Wear Clean Clothes, Always

Aside keeping your clothes clean always, it is very important to avoid repeating certain clothes twice or more. Sometimes, we tend to say, ‘I did not sweat today, hence there’s no point washing this outfit, I would wear it again.’ Do you know bacteria cannot be seen? You would think you have not sweat on those clothes but dear bacteria already has blocks of flat on it. This includes inner clothing like bras, tights and panties.

  • Slow Down on Booze and Avoid Some Food

Booze, yes, the same alcohol you are always quick to gulp on especially beers. Do you know that what you eat affect your body? Caffeinated drinks, alcohol, onions, garlic, spicy foods can all contribute to body odor. The smell of food like garlic and onions can mess up your breath and make you smell like bad news. Be careful with what you eat, if you really need to eat such foods, make sure you brush immediately after. You can also find a good mouth wash for yourself and keep it handy.

If you must drink, to avoid smelling like alcohol, try drinking at a slower pace, or alternating a glass of water or other nonalcoholic beverage between each alcoholic drink,” says Buddy T. Dr. Jhin.

  • Shower Everyday

I once had this misconception that guys don’t shower on weekends. Please do not judge me. A male friend once told me this, he went further to make it seem like a ‘guy thing’. He told me only female shower even when they are home all day, that men do not need to shower on weekends when they are home.

This is really the most ridiculous thought ever. There are some bacteria that tend to fester on our skin especially on hot days. And the best way to get rid of them is to shower. When you fail to do this, the smell become more pronounce, thereby, increasing one’s chances of having body odor.

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  • Stress

One of the ways our body naturally react to stress is sweat. Once there’s a deadline to meet or too many tasks to be completed at once, one typically begin to sweat. “Stress” sweat comes from apocrine glands. This sweat fluid is odorless—until it mixes with your skin’s bacteria, causing a pungent body odor. To avoid this, wear a clinical-strength, over-the-counter antiperspirant/deodorant so you’re covered when stress strikes.

  • Use Antibacterial Soap

A lot of times, we just pick a soap off the shelf and start using without reading the active ingredients. If you are someone with body odor, you should endeavor to stick to soaps that fight the bacteria that causes this odor. And anti bacteria soaps or soaps that contain tea tree oil, oregano, peppermint and eucalyptus should do the magic and leave you smelling fresh all day.

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  • Change Your Socks Regularly

I remember when a friend removed his shoes one time and the bad smell that filled the room was too toxic. After much questions to understand the cause, I realized he repeats his socks for 3 days to a week before changing them. Dear friends, socks are as significant clothing as your bras and boxers. Ensure you keep them clean at all times. Smelly feet are caused by wearing shoes and socks that prevent sweat evaporating or being absorbed, which attracts bacteria.


Some things are near to impossible but they can be avoided. You should try to avoid been called out for body odor by trying these tips. If it gets really out of control, you may need to get a surgery. There are several types of surgeries that can help combat body odor but it is advisable to speak to a doctor.

Have you ever have to deal with body odor? How did you get rid of it? What other tip would you add to the above tips? 

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  • dancingpalmtrees October 4, 2018 1:41 pm

    Over the years I’ve had co-workers whose smell was so bad that it would peel paint off walls! Ugh! Both men and women. One must take showers or bathe daily sometimes more than that. The summers’ here in New York are humid and I’m one of those women who don’t perspire I sweat. Sometimes I will take four or five showers a day! Plus folks need to use deodorant. There are many on the market even for those who have sensitive skin or allergies. Brushing one’s teeth on a regular basis and using mouthwash should be done at least twice a day and especially after you eat a meal containing garlic. Imagine meeting with a high level client and you have garlic breath! Yuck!

    Wash hair weekly. For women who wear weaves and braids you still need to wash your hair because bacteria and fungi can infect the scalp. Divas with Weavas who leave that fake hair in for over six weeks without washing. Yes it will stink. Especially if you live in a crowded city like New York where the exhaust of cars, dust kicked up from construction sites and general pollution will settle in your hair.

    I’m nearly 60 so I no longer have a period but I remember when I started one of the first things my Mom impressed upon me was to change my pad when needed (I was a heavy bleeder) and keep my vagina clean. Men need to keep their genitals clean also, especially men who are not circumcised. Bacteria can build up in the foreskin.

    I do wonder about people who are married and stink? Is this not a turnoff to their spouse? Does the spouse stink also? Things that make you Go Hmmmm…..

    • Akingboye Deborah October 5, 2018 10:08 am

      Oh Deborah, I love how very very detailed you went on this issue. Man, this comment should be framed. Personally, I change my weave every two weeks except if it starts itching early and in that case, I wash or take it off.

      When I have someone around me with body odor especially one of sweat, I try to gift them deodorants on their birthdays or any other day I am trying to play generous with them.

      I really wonder if these people truly know they stink or how much conscious effort those around them make to let them know. We definitely need to do better on this issue.

      Thanks for leaving your thoughts as always, means a lot.

      • dancingpalmtrees October 5, 2018 11:46 am

        Thanks! We have that DeBorah to Deborah connection! From Lagos to New York City! 🙂 😀

        I remember around 25 years ago I was working for a major NYC non-profit in the technology department. There was this group of men who were very nice good guys but they stunk so bad that you had to speed up passing by their desk. Finally it got to be too much and the Head of the Dept. had to speak with them about their odor. In those cases I believe male supervisors/managers should speak with men and Female Supervisors/Managers should address Women.

        Your Blog is wonderful and I enjoy reading it. <3 <3

        • Akingboye Deborah October 5, 2018 1:51 pm

          I absolutely agree that one should address this in the most respectable way. I am glad you enjoy reading my posts.

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