Long ago, nature provided us with strong smells to entice the opposite sex. But BO won't get you far today. The problem starts with certain types of sweat. Eccrine glands pour out clear, neutral-
All's swell that ends smell. If antiperspirants (which plug up sweat glands) and deodorants (which mask odors) don't do the trick, or you prefer a natural approach, there are myriad paths to an agreeable essence. BO battles begin in the shower and continue throughout the day, with a simple goal: Stop the odor at its source.
Watch the Daily Soaps
Pick an antibacterial soap, such as Dial, Lifebuoy, or Lever 2000. These leave ingredients on your skin that kill bacteria even after you're finished bathing. If the soap doesn't irritate your skin, use it daily. If you find that these soaps are too drying, use them only on your underarms and groin, where you need their antibacterial power the most.
If BO is still bothering you, bring out the big guns. Betadine, an antibacterial cleanser, is so effective that some formulations are used to clean patients before surgery. Since it can dry your skin, however, you should use it in the shower, where it will rinse off quickly, and only on high-
Another, milder antibacterial formulation is Hibiclens. It's gentleron the skin than Betadine.
Wipe rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide onto your underarms during the day to cut down the numbers of odor-
Dab on witch hazel. You can splash it directly on your skin or apply it as often as necessary with a cotton pad. The clear, clean-
Dust baking soda or cornstarch on any odor-
Shave regularly under your arms. Underarm hair can increase body odor because it traps sweat and bacteria.
Help from the Garden
Essential oils of Lavander, pine, and peppermint fight bacteria. They also smell nice. Since some people have a skin reaction to certain oils, test the underarm area or a small patch of skin before using.
Delightfully fragrant, sage can fight bacteria and reduce perspiration. You can purchase a solution of sage tincture or dilited sage oil, or brew some sage tea that you cool and store in a bottle. Any of these liquids can be used in the underarm area, but not around the genetals. And after using sage, wash your hands before touching your face.
A citrus fruit like lemon changes the pH level of your skin, making it more acidic. All bacteria, including the odor-
Eat Green, Smell Clean
Eat plenty of spinach, chard, and kale. Green, leafy vegetables are rich in chlorophyll, which has a powerful deodorizing effect in your body.
Have a few sprigs of parsley, credited with anti-
Try wheatgrass juice, sold in health-
Buy tablets containing chlorophyll. Many brands are available, made from plants like kelp, barley grass, and bluegreen algae. Check the label for the dosage recommendation.
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Should I call the doctor?
If you're sweating frequently or heavily, you could have an overactive thyroidgland, low blood sugar, or a problem with the part of the nervous system that controls sweating. If you think you're sweating too much or you may have a medical condition causing your body odor, ask your doctor about switching to another drug.
Did you know?
Hunters often use special soaps to mask all traces of human odor so their keen-