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What to do About Armpit Odor

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Since my first child I've had the problem of arm pit odor. I'm thinking it has something to do with my hormone levels changing, but haven't had it checked yet. What have you tried, I've tried practically all the brands of deodorants including some men's brands, crystals, alcohol, and apple cider vinegar to no avail. irislynn777

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By SandyOL105/07/2013

If you have odor problems, you should really try Lavilin. It is an unbelievable product that can eliminate odors for 1 week! In extreme cases, several applications per week should be more than sufficient. I have been a happy customer for 10 years!

By alexeirus01/07/2013

Great advice!

However, why go through the steps, I find Lavilin being a very nice remedy to combat Underarm Odor.

Discovered is a few months ago. Gave it a test and never looked back. Definitely a superior option to anything on the market. Apply once-a-week and be odor free.

Could get from pretty much any online personal care store including big dogs like Amazon and etc.

Buzz

By jmj062486 [1]06/08/2012

Until now I still have this stinky underarm, but I realized that my problem occurs only when I do not wash my clothes properly, when I use deodorants that have fragrance, and of course when I forgot to use baking soda.

The best thing you should do when you have this problem is to have a good hygiene. Wash your clothes properly specially to the areas near the armpit. Wash your underarm when you take a bath in the morning and before you sleep. Use salt to exfoliate.

What I do so I won't smell is that after I put a deodorant on my underarm... I let it dry and I apply baking soda. Apply it like you are applying a powder on your face. Even though my underarm sweats a lot... It does not smell since I wash my clothes properly and the baking soda really helps.

My experiment now is at night I always wash my underarm, I exfoliate it with salt, after it, I apply a calamansi/lemon on my underarm(for whitening) and after 15 minutes I wash it and I apply an alum powder/tawas (you can apply also if you have a stinky feet). Just for me to practice not to use a chemical deodorant.

By Ace [3]05/05/2012

Dr Oz just yesterday on his show stated to take apple cider vinegar & put some on a cotton ball & dab under your arms. Let it dry & your good to go. He said it doesn't leave a smell either. Try this to see.

By nicky12311/12/2011

I'm experiencing armpit odor too I'm only fourteen I'm pretty and smart and its totally ruining my reputation it also drags down my confidence. I shower everyday. I tried using home remedies, and I've tried deodorants but nothing works :( Please help me.

By Youknow!10/05/2011

I've had a problem with horribly stinky pits for a long time, but it's just starting to get better. I used to stink even after taking a shower and scrubbing my pits. I was embarrassed to get too close to people. I recently made some changes in my diet and it's making a big difference. I barely eat red meat, maybe once a week at the most. I've been finding some delicious vegetarian options and eating chicken/ fish instead. Also, I started getting more fresh vitamins by juicing lots of raw veggies, especially greens (only a bit of fruit since it's high in sugar). I also stopped eating most processed/ frozen foods, sugar, and coffee. All of these things are helping me lose weight, feel better physically/ emotionally, and reduce the stink! I wish I had known earlier that my body was trying to tell me something...stop consuming so much junk! My next steps are to try an antibacterial soap scrub and also to start using a natural deodorant instead of anti-persperant (that stuff just keeps the smelly bacteria trapped inside). Excercising and wearing cotton/ non-synthetic clothing also helps.

Freshen up your diet and you will freshen up your body odor.

By underarm07/15/2011

I've used uarmsol deodorant powder for years now and it really works for me. No staining clothes, no funky smell, no masking odour and no after sport smell anymore. The deodorant has no scent and it works great on my unshaved armpits. The amazing thing about it is that only a pinch of powder needed, works after i apply it and 1 bottle lasts for long time.

By SSally06/29/2011

Exfoliating arm pits with a natural loofah gets rid of dead skin. Sometimes the pH is off so use a baking soda (without aluminum) along with the loofah. Follow with an organic apple cider vinegar rinse.

Using alcohol directly in your pits does kill bacteria but the alcohol goes into your bloodstream and it also upsets the natural balance of bacteria. There's good bacteria and bad bacteria.

Always analyze your diet. Taking probiotics can help with an imbalance. Eating a diet that is mostly alkaline, as opposed to acidic really helps too. That means lots of green leafy vegetables. Drinking lots of water is important.

Proper elimination (bowl movements) is paramount. Stagnant food stinks inside and outside the body. Working out or yoga classes that make you sweat really helps to clean out the body. Saunas are great too.

Lastly, rubbing 1/2 a lime on the offending area and leaving it for 20 minutes is a great exfoliator. Do it day and night for best results.

By tootic [2]02/23/2011

Plain old baking soda works for me. You cannot use it right after shaving! It will definitely burn like hell.

By shoogahma11/28/2010

My cure! I used every deodorant out there for women and 5 minutes after putting it on straight out of the shower. I would start smelling and would have to change shirts! I was really getting annoyed because I would have to go scrub my underarms again, and kept putting perfume etc on my underarms. Until one day, I reached for my husbands Axe deodorant and walla! I have been stink free ever since. Yea, I smell like a man now but that's ok! I use the Gel stick formula. It works perfect so go get yourselves some Axe!

By WhiteTezcatlipoca05/10/2010

I've tried vinegar, various chemical and food salts, kosher salt, peroxide, baking soda, virgin olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, various scented and unscented soaps and oils, rubbing alcohol, mouthwash, toothpaste, peanut butter, honey, clay mask, seawater, witch-hazel, not a single one works any better than soap and water. baking soda burned me like sunburn. vinegar complemented the stink making it worse, so I neutralized it with a bit of baking soda and washed it off in the shower. Peanut butter makes you smell tasty and the stink comes back in hours though it never really leaves completely

I have the solution. Neutrogena Body Scrub. there is a body wash with the same bottle, so make sure you get the scrub.

I used to use Neutrogena Body Wash and it worked perfectly I didn't realize until reading the posts on this forum until now that I had been stink free for a decade

Deodorants burn my skin. Old Spice was a favorite of mine but I kept getting huge painful boils as with all deodorants.

a $6 bottle lasts about 6 months. You only need a toothpaste sized amount, and it begins to harden after 6 months, though a few drops of water and a good shaking will fix that. or take off the lid.

This stuff is gritty, it will destroy washrags, so don't use new or nice rags for any length of time. It's color safe. But man does it burn the eyes if you aren't careful.
I used to have very long hair.

I originally used it to fight acne in my teens, didn't think it have this extra benefit.

Would someone verify this so everyone doesn't jump on the bandwagon and get mad at me if it only works for me?

It also works as a great exfoliant on the face and I have undiagnosed seborrhea or ezcema (a dermatologist is actually the person who recommended the product as a cheap alternative to medicines since I shower anyway...)

RE: What to do About Armpit Odor

By Fred05/09/2010

Try "Once a week" Deodorant. I have had an armpit that suddenly and stubbornly started to smell strong (one side only). I've always suspected some sort of bacterial unbalance and it was confirmed when I used "Once a Week" Deodorant (Pior Research). It is based on lactobacilli extract (which I assume must re-balance bacterial flora), it's really simple to use and it has been incredibly efficient: the stubborn smell just vanished and the effect lasted for a full week. I don't know if it will work for everyone but I truly recommend it.

By ca-la05/08/2010

I suffered from excessive sweating and my armpits smell really bad! I tried every deodorant I could find. I even tried ACV, crystals, Lemon and even baking soda. I've done my research and couldn't find the right cure until one day I went to my dermatologist and asked her if there's any stronger deodorant that I could use. She told me to use certain dri honestly it helps get rid 90% of sweating problem but the smell is still there. When I went to my dermatologist I also complained about my acne so she prescribed 3 different things, 1. a soap to treat acne 2. the gel 3. the tetracycline pill. The day I took the pill it changed my life - well I hope its forever. But I no longer stink like I used to. Today is the 5th day since I took the pill and I still smell fresh even though I haven't taken a shower yet. Any idea how this happen? I'm a little confused but it helps!

By Valorie04/18/2010

I have been fighting underarm odor for the past 35+ years. Have tried every deodorant, crystal, powder, etc. on the market. I am also allergic to fragrance so until kinda recently I couldn't use deodorants without getting an awful rash. And when I was young, I was a professional ballroom dancer, so keeping fresh and sweet smelling was quite a challenge. Things I have learned are:

You need to scrub your underarms with a light scrubber using an antibiotic soap bar like Dial or Safeguard. This gets rid of most prior deodorant applications and bacteria and keeps your pores unclogged. Everyone's chemistry is different, so try different antibiotic soaps to find the best for you.

Then after you've towel dried, use rubbing alcohol thoroughly under your armpits. Repeat a couple times a day as necessary. I use flat round cotton pads soaked in a little container I can carry in my purse. This makes it easy to do a quickie touchup wipe anytime or anywhere.

If I know I am going to be working out or going dancing, I will use a product called Drysol or CertiDri(?). This must be applied at nite after you've showered and are lying down in bed. Apply lightly to underarms and keep arms raised until completely dry or it may sting and cause redness or a rash. This method should keep you dry all day. Its kinda a hassle but will keep you dry during workouts or stress.

Lastly, I wear breathable tops. No synthetics or silks. These fabrics retain the odor and get worse as the day goes on.

When this method is used most of the time, deodorants are then effective when you use them periodically.

Additionally, you can also spray a small amount of your perfume below your underarms on your blouse or top so when you lift your arms, only the smell of your perfume should waft up to your nose or others around you. I hope this work for you as it has worked for me.

By lizette03/29/2010

All this advice seems great and might work for me, but I don't want to be doing this every single day for the rest of my life. I need to cure this problem but I don't know how? :( I wish there were something I can use! and never again will I smell badly.

By lizette03/29/2010

Please! I am only 17 and I too have the Really bad odor! This problem has grew! I am not sure how I got it but it has only gotten worse! I try to scrub in the shower but it will only go away for the first 10 to 20 mins then I'm back to smelling again! I hate this so very much! I have a boyfriend and I'm so ashamed of this problem! I've tried lemon but its didn't work. It dried up my armpits but after a while they just let out a weird scent! I've tried way too many deodorants and its doesn't help. I don't want to have his problem for the rest of my life! Can somebody please help me? Tell me something that will work?

By Winona [1]12/14/2009

I told my cousin about using vinegar he said it works. He is allergic to deodorants. I also use vinegar myself but I can use deodorant and do in the summer when I have to. So try Vinegar (White).

By Rita Murray [1]12/13/2009

A few years back I had the same problem. I think it was my nerves though because it usually was worse when I got nervious. I used baking soda as a deodorant. It killed the odor. You have to be careful in the summer when it gets too hot. I burnt my under arms when I prespired too much and the baking soda must have sizzled because it burnt. I now have found a deodorant(with baking soda in it) and am using that. I am not under stress any more either since I am now retired.

By christine M. Thayer [2]12/13/2009

Bad body odor or pits or anywhere is over-growth of candida. Yes, antibiotics will kill it temporarily. The problem is the bacteria can get worse elsewhere, & it also gives the candida a boost, because antibiotics unbalance the natural controller bacteria, by killing the very bacteria that controls candida. If you find out the things that kill candida, your pits will become normal again. Been there, done that. Also, if candida gets out of control, it can cause a lot of trouble in many other places in the body. Take my word for it, it's something you don't want to do. Candida eventually, many years down the line, causes serious illnesses.

By Barbara Pope [10]12/13/2009

If you find that it has something to do with your lymph glands, you may want to read this book called Dressed to Kill. It talks about how bras restrict the flow of lymph, which can result in cancer and other illness. I have been going without a bra for over a month now and feel so much better than I have since I was a child. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

http://www.amazon.com/Dressed-Kill-Between-Breast-Cancer/dp/0895296640

By Julie09/19/2009

Well, I just thought Id add my little snippets of info. I have had smelly armpits for a few years now and even after showering and washing thoroughly I still had an odor! When i used different deodorants the problem got very very much worse - awful!

My doctor prescribed me with antibiotics to curb my spots (separate issue!) but I immediately noticed that my odor disappeared. I was also given a roll on antibiotic for spots and found that that too worked. But I wasn't happy doing that forever and stopped - it eventually came back. But it got me thinking.

I started using antibacterial hand wash under my arms. When I get out the shower now the smell has gone. I shave under my arms as I find that even short hair makes it really bad. I use a deodorant crystal too but make sure I clean it regularly with antibacterial soap else the problem returns.

Im very careful about which materials I wear. Cant get away with most man made fibres. I also only wear a t-shirt/blouse etc for one day only. Any more than that and the world becomes a lonely place. Problem solved now - thank goodness. Good luck all

By Mike05/25/2009

You need to consult with a dermatologist, there is a pill you can take that will solve your problem. In fact you can go a full day without deodorant or antiperspirant. I know this can be a very embarrassing moment and I feel you pain but I am sure a dermatologist can help.

By Katy04/16/2009

Okay, my suggestion; as I've seen topic related to this, and I always check in to see if there is something a little easier than, what I'm currently doing to prevent excessive armpit sweat and odor. Unfortunately, I always hear the same thing...

Now before attempting this, please check with your doctor, to make sure you do not have thyroid problems. Usually that is one of the LEADING causes of armpit sweating. Followed by odor.

Here is the method I use, and you all will probably find it crazy. But it REALLY works. I have botox done under my armpits, once a year. Please take note this does not cure the problem. It stops the problem, for a year though.

Botox under the armpits is semi painful, but for someone like me, who sweats A LOT. I'll live with the pain. I can wear grey shirts, and wont see the stain of sweat. And odor?-- NONE!

This costs me around 1500 a year to maintain, but seriously, seek medical opinions before doing this. It may work for me, but I went to my doctor, and consulted him MANY times over, before taking this route. :)

Hope this helped.

By Anne (Guest Post)02/27/2009

I too had suffered from armpit odor but i noticed that putting some rubbing alcohol on it helps.. Now, right after shower, I out some ethyl alcohol on it. I also bring a small sprayer at work and reapplied again during lunchtime

By tinker (Guest Post)02/09/2009

I suffer from smelly armpits too and I hate it like the rest of you. I've tried so many antiperspirants and deodorants. Just recently when I would buy one it worked for about 2 weeks and the smell would come back, so then I would buy another deodorant/antiperspirant and it would work for about 2 weeks. And well this was a routine. So then I found out about the Clinical Strength antiperspirant and well I was amazed of what it did for me. It worked so well!! Now I believe I have used 3 of those and well I cant say I'm happy with it. It has stopped working for me. I am disappointed. I don't know what to do. I think that the problem is that this clinical strength product creates, what a someone here mentioned, a "film". I noticed this because my armpits have some residue even after I scrub well, not too hard though because then that will cause dark armpits, this is some what sticky.

I've tried to exfoliate with sugar and well it kinda works. This "film" is really hard to get rid of. So for those of you thinking of trying the new clinical strength antiperspirants consider this. Moreover, something that might help some people is putting lime on the armpit and immediately putting baking soda. However this is not a good idea if you are going to wear white clothing because it will stain your clothes.

By Barb (Guest Post)01/16/2009

I too had terrible arm pit sweat when I had a thyroid imbalance. You might check with your doctor and have your thyroid level checked. I used to be fine as far as keeping body odor and sweat under control. My thyroid levels changed and I felt like a sponge being wrung out every day. I even wore tank tops in the winter. I got my thyroid levels back to the right ones and I am back to a normal sweat level. Just something else to check. Good luck.

By Diana (Guest Post)01/16/2009

Speak to your doctor-believe it or not there are prescription deodorants for hard to combat body odor. Could it be a soiled clothing that is actually the culprit. BO is almost impossible to get out of clothing.

By Kathryen [5]01/15/2009

I too had the probem of not being able use deodorant. Mainly because it appeared that I was allergic to most of it as it always started horrible itching problems. I now alternate between baking soda and unscented baby powder which seems to work just as well as deodorant -- plus the benefit of being a lot cheaper

By nancy (Guest Post)01/13/2009

Definitely shave, as hair traps smells.

By K W (Guest Post)01/11/2009

I find if I don't eat spicy food I have no problem with B O. I do use vinegar & deodorant. It works for me.

By PENNY K [15]01/11/2009

Reading everyone's tips and this just occurred to me. If you use a deodorant stick or roller, won't you get some bacteria on it, which eventually will make it ineffective? Maybe keep alcohols pad on hand and rub deodorant on the pad and then on yourself, or if the pad type is still available, use that. I think it's like double dipping to use the same thing in the area you were trying to remove bacteria from.

By PENNY K [15]01/11/2009

If you are a stay at home mom I'm going to suggest this.

Stop using deodorant. Get plain soap like ivory with no scent and wash with fresh washcloth 3-5 times a day. It sounds like your body isn't processing something fast enough. Do you smoke or drink a lot of any one beverage: coke, coffee, tea? Take off your bra and massage under your armspits and then all the way down to your wrists. Pull on your fingers, and shake your wrist. Put one hand under you elbow and shake your lower arm. Repeat about 3 times. Do this morning and night.

This gets your lymph glands moving liquid and waste out of your body. You may pee more. Drink water before and after you do this. Just water. Do this for a week and see if it helps. You will have to keep washing a lot to be able to notice a decrease.

The idea is to establish a baseline of what your body does on it's own. This exercise is recommended by some doctors to
decrease possibilities of breast cancer as well,since the lymph glands help clean our body of toxins just like the kidney's and liver.

This will relieve swollen hands. Do something similar for swollen ankles by massaging lymph nodes in groin and behind knees.

By (Guest Post)01/10/2009

The new Clinical Strength deodorants cost a fortune but last quite a while and definitely do the trick. I've had no problems since switching (Secret Clinical is my fave).

By Lulu (Guest Post)01/10/2009

Here's your solution. After showering, spray armpits with Thai crystal deodorant mist. It's aluminum free, non-staining, contains no alcohol and eliminates body and foot odor. I've been using it for years, successfully. You can get it at Health Food stores.

By Cyinda [214]01/10/2009

I have 7 things that have REALLY worked for me. You'll need to do all of the top 5 for sure:
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1) Rubbing Alcohol kills germs & germs cause odor... Splash rubbing alcohol on your pits whenever you notice armpit odor or when you start sweat really badly in the summer. I keep a bottle in my car & some at work so I can splash it on then I'll ad a coat of my Toms Apricot deodorant (see below)... It's quick, easy & refreshing!

2) Take a Zinc supplement. Zinc helps stop body odor. (Don't over-do it!)
http://www.ehow.com/how_2119712_take-zinc-treat-body-odor.html

3) Exfoliate your pits once or twice a week (no more) This will remove any dead skin cells. I use plain sugar & rub this onto moist skin while in the shower or bath.

4) Bleach your T-shirts & try to wear bleached light colored shirts or white T-shirts when your at home or working around the home & even wear bleached white T-shirts under your regular shirts at work as much as possible (this is how I got rid of all of my husbands very bad foot odor. I bleached his socks each time I washed them!) It's the bleach that kills the germs, but it's also because the color white has no dye in it to irritate your skin. Foot Doctors will tell you to wear white socks if your feet sweat or smell. If you buy V-neck T-shirts you won't see them under your clothes.

5) Stop using antiperspirant & only use deodorant. (I recommend "Toms" brand. It's sold at health food stores) They have unscented, but I like the Apricot one! ...It smells good & really works because of a special kind of moss & an herb it has in it. (The reason I say to stop the antiperspirant is because a lot of times antiperspirants can do the opposite of what they're supposed to do: Your body rebels & you actually sweat MORE! Ever since I quit using them, I actually sweat LESS!)

6) Buy & use (instead of regular antiperspirant) a "Deodorant Crystal" you can find these crystals for your pits at any health food store. The potassium c crystals also come in a roll-on it's the something only liquid.

7) If you really sweat a lot & some of the things above don't work for you, you can mix half bentonite clay (from a health food store) & half baking soda together then mix well & put on your armpits with a powder puff or a shaker jar when ever you start to sweat or right after your shower if your're wearing a white T-shirt or a light colored top.. (a little goes a long way) But, NEVER, ever use corn starch! Corn Starch is a food & it can cause fungus to grow because fungus likes corn & other starches! Fungus is very hard to get rid of & it likes to grow in warm moist places, like feet, armpits pits, etc. Some people will tell you to put cornstarch in your shoes, but I've read it can make athletes foot worse because the athletes foot fungus likes it!

* For me, I sweat lots more when I don't shave my pits... For me, the hair seems to collect bacteria, but then again I have exceptionally hairy pits! ...But everyone is different, you'll need to find out which works for you, shaved, or not.

By hopeful [25]01/09/2009

This goes against a lot of advise that I have read here, but what worked for me is I STOPPED SHAVING THE HAIR!! It is there for a purpose people!! It wicks the perspiration away from the skin during the day. Of course you have to still keep your underarms clean with whatever -- . When I went through menopause I would get awful hot flashes (call them power surges or whatever you want to --they would last for hours. My underarms would get slippery with wetness. I let the hair grow back, and I am much more comfortable!

By ginnee (Guest Post)01/09/2009

I happened to find this page and it has really enlightened me. I have an odor problem from a diff area and it is so embarrassing! But as far as underarm odor is concerned, I thought that regular bathing and deodorant was all that was needed...I guess not. When I read the great lengths some of you go to, to try to prevent odor, I am going to be a lot more understanding of an occasional odor problem. Thanks for sharing and helping me to become more tolerant.

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