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I have discovered the best kept secret for eliminating underarm odor. It is organic virgin coconut oil. I cook with it as well because it is very nutritious. I have always needed a strong anti-perspirant, but no more. And coconut oil doesn't stain your clothing. I am amazed. It is also anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. I order mine online because it is much cheaper that way.
Underarm sweat only smells because of the bacteria that grows there. If you use an antibacterial soap (I use one called Safeguard), you won't need to apply deodorant as well.
Underarm odor (aka Bromhidrosis and Erythrasma) is caused by a bacteria that adheres to your hair follicles and skin and when the (odorless) sweat comes into contact with the bacteria on your armpits, the odor begins! Ewww!
Below is what I do to keep my Bromhidrosis under control and I hope that it will help you too! It seems like a lot to do, but it really isn't and don't you want to smell better?
During the week (every night for me)
After taking a bath (at night), I dry off both armpits, and I apply Desitin (yes, the baby diaper rash cream) under both of my armpits, put on a cotton T-shirt and jump in the bed. You'll get used to the smell of the Desitin.
If you shower in the morning, just be sure to rub the Desitin in completely and blot it with a paper towel to remove any excess cream, and also give the smell a little time to wear off before getting dressed.
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I've tried everything for my underarm odor, to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried baking soda, lime, and lemon juice. This problem is very embarrassing and its starting to make me feel depressed!
I shower everyday and use deodorant, but the odor is still there. What should I do to remove the odor? Please help me.
Every time I put on deodorant I sweat and I have a sweaty smell. I have been having this trouble for a while. Does anybody know of any remedies or something?
Mitchum makes a great antiperspirant that controls wetness and odor. Illness or foods can make you have an odor, as do medications. Think if anything has changed in the last few months.
I need solutions. I have been having really bad underarm odor for a really long time now. I have used a baking soda and lemon juice mix, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and a whole lot of homemade remedies. The list goes on and on. It has gotten to the point where I'm so depressed about it because I'm in high school and it's embarrassing walking around with stinky armpits.
They sell natural deodorants available that you could use. I currently use a natural deodorant that works for me and also my fiancé. :)
I hope someone can help me. I have a 6 year old daughter who has recently started to have a bad underarm odor. What can I do? I have thought about using a deodorant but I am afraid she is too young?
By maggie4 from Montgomery, IL
Why don't you call her pediatrician's office? We can call and talk to a nurse, and if she needs to, she'll talk to the doctor.
I use vinegar after bath. It works. Nothing else is needed, good luck.
Some parents who have noticed body odor in their very young children report that switching to organic milk seemed to eliminate the problem. They questioned if the growth hormone rBST (that is given to cows), was responsible for causing the situation. Certainly, there are two schools of thought on that. You can get more information on rBST at http://en.wikip ne_somatotropin.
Bathing daily, wearing clothes that breathe (cotton or wool) and drinking plenty of water might help. You might consider a natural deodorant. Crystal Body Deodorant is modestly priced and available at most drugstores.
I agree that it is always good to check with a doctor if you have a concern about your child. All the best to you and your little one!
Body odour is caused by bacteria - wash well every day with soap and water to get rid of bacteria (we all have bacteria). If you are concerned about using something dangerous on your daughter, you can water down apple cider vinegar 1:5 with water, put it in a spray bottle and apply to discourage the growth of bacteria (I use it as a deodorant because I don't approve of blocking pores with aluminum). For the first 5 minutes you can smell the vinegar, but it goes away quickly after that. Does your daughter eat a lot of chicken? The growth hormone used in chicken brings on maturity early - this may be part of the problem. You can try to buy biodynamic chicken if you can afford it, or perhaps cut down if this is part of your problem. Good luck
I had a real problem & tried many different things, but the only stuff that worked was really strong anti-antiperspirant. I hated using it, cause it's more crap we are putting on our skin & polluting our bodies. Some time after this, I started seeing a new doctor & he started treating me for candida over-growth. This did the trick. Candida is a bacteria & it causes many different skin issues, not to mention internal stuff. When we get the starts of a cold, with sore throat & what not, a lot of the times is candida setting up housekeeping in our sinus' & throat, & antibiotics only make the problem worse. Vinegar can kill it, but it's not long lasting & candida is very adaptable. Unfortunately for us.
Are there any changes in her diet? Is she getting a lot of garlic or curry in her food? If her doctor cannot find anything wrong I would get a natural deodorant at a health food store.
We have used the after shower powder when my daughter experienced early maturity and found that to be helpful so that she did not start using deodorants too soon.
Try using organic/natural deodorant. Tom's worked on my niece who also had the same problem.
I would look on webmd but if her underarms smell like a penny, she is losing copper. Perhaps vitamins, or talking to your doctor will help.
I would call or take her to her pediatrician. Six seems awful young to be having underarm odor.
Does anyone have underarm odor that doesn't seem to go away? No matter how may times you shower/bathe, and no matter how many different deodorants you use?
By Gizzy from St. Louis, MO
The same thing has happened to me. I'd start to smell right out of the shower, right after I put on deodorant with antiperspirant. I take apple cider vinegar tablets to cleanse the body, to detox it. Now I also use the 'clinical' type of deodorant/antiperspirants like degree, secret, etc. I have good luck with degree. But first you have to detox, at least that's what works for me. I have to do it every once in a while. Lots of luck sweetie, hope this works for you.
I've been using Betadine Solution for over 15 years; you can get it at any pharmacy. Splash some on your underarms while in the shower and rinse immediately. Continue to use your deodorant.
Thank you so much for your suggestions/comments. I tried rubbing under my arms with sugar to help get rid of the residue from the deodorant, and followed up with vinegar. I didn't put deodorant on right away and I haven't been this fresh in a while! I am so happy about this breakthrough (I don't know how long it will last) but I'm going to try the apple cider vinegar tablets also. Thanks again!
Body odor is most often caused by diet and can also be caused by certain medications or disease. I've had a couple of friends who had horrible body odor but once they changed their diet all was well again :-) Here are some links with information (the second link is a two page link):
Try coconut oil. Go to a health food store or order online. I know it sounds crazy, but it works. It has antibacterial properties. Put a little bit right under your arm pits. (don't worry, it's not overly greasy). It really and truly works.
I don't sweat so much, but the little armpit sweat that comes into contact with my clothes in the armpit area makes them smell so bad. Even when there is no odor in the armpit area, the armpit side of my clothes still smells. I do have armpit odor sometimes and rotten burps too. I'm able to control armpit odor, but the scent coming off my clothes smells pungent. Any help is appreciated. I have been to dermatologists but no help! I tried antiperspirants too.
By John Eric
I'm 16 and I had a baby about a month and a half ago and ever since then my armpits stink really badly. Nothing works. I shower everyday and sometimes more than once and nothing works. I have tried using everything I possibly could. I need help.
I've tried a lot of anti-perspirant, deodorants, alum/deodorant crystal, and natural remedies like lemon and baking soda, but it seems like they all don't help prevent my underarm odor. What should I do? I am so confused. I am using vinegar and it works for me as of now. But are there any other products or ways I should use or try? Thank you.
Our son exercises and then he has a cat urine odor when he's done.
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By IRENE from Burundi
After the bath, try vinegar 1 day and a mixture of corn starch and baking soda, then try aluminum free under arms. Sometimes we get immune to things. (05/30/2010)
Here's some suggestions that have worked for me:
1) Splash your arm pits with rubbing alcohol or Ambler colored Listerine when they start to stink or you start to sweat. (Especially in the summertime!) Only use the original Amber colored Listerine, all other kinds have sweeteners added! You can put the Listerine or Rubbing Alcohol (or mix them both together) into a well-marked spray bottle and spray this on your pits. It will kill germs that cause odors!
2) Exfoliate your arm pits weekly, by using table salt or plain sugar to scrub them. This removes dead skin cells. Just put some soap on, then rub the sugar around, then rinse well. (I keep an old plastic vitamin bottle filled with sugar in my shower area). You can also use St. Ives Apricot scrub. Don't overdo it, once a week is enough!
3) Switch from Antiperspirant to Deodorant. Antiperspirant can backfire and make you sweat even more, also antiperspirant leaves a sticky film on your pits and on your clothes! Instead, buy Tom's natural deodorant and a Potassium crystal (a natural salt crystal antiperspirant) at the health food store.
4) Take Zinc with your meals. Zinc helps stop body odor.
5) Wear white T-shirts under your clothes that you bleach each time you wash them. This is for 2 reasons. Dyes make you sweat more (so white works best) and bleach kills the germs that cause body odor on your clothes. For colors that can not be bleached, pour hydrogen peroxide on the arm pits of these clothes to kill the bacteria that may be left, it kills the germs with oxygen. Almost any old clothes can have left-over bacteria in the fibers. You may have to scrub the pits with a toothbrush and peroxide and wash with oxi-clean, or better yet, use Tide "Sport" with Febreze (a new laundry detergent that removes odors from clothes). Pour this on your clothes' arm pits and scrub with an old toothbrush then wash as usual.
6) Drink lots of water (to clean out toxins) and eat lots of fiber (so you won't be constipated and have toxins).
7) Chlorophyll will also help body odor. (Ask about it at the health food store.) Or drink wheat grass.
8) Stay away from Asparagus and Brussels sprouts, they can cause body odor.
9) You can also use a purified clay (called Bentonite) sometimes mixed with herbs on your pits that is sold in Health Food Stores that absorbs sweat and odors. Since you do not live in America, If you can't find this you can use a medicated body powder that has menthol and eucalyptus in it.
* I wanted to say something about using Cornstarch for body powder. I recently heard on a radio show to never use it because it's a food product that fungus and bacteria like, so stick with the clay body powder and stay away from cornstarch. (I used cornstarch until I heard this, now I don't!) (05/31/2010)
Have you tried an underarm rock crystal deodorant? My best friend swears by it also, you can dab some vinegar on a wet cotton ball and use that. A construction worker told me that trick. (05/31/2010)
By Molly Garza
Try to eliminate stress and anxiety. They are great at keeping the smell going.
Use alcohol when not fresh shaved, and vinegar in laundry. The smell stays in your clothes. No aluminum deodorants, it stimulates Alzheimer's they say. Salt or sugar scrub was a good idea. Use mint under arms, I've washed with toothpaste.
But, eliminate the anxiety and relax. Take a deep breath. If the stress won't go away, keep clean, eat good, and eliminate well, as another post mentioned. Garlic and onions will make it worse too. (06/02/2010)
I have a suggestion. If you are staying clean, using deodorant (vinegar also does help), drinking plenty of fluids and not eating a lot of food (garlic, onion, etc) that can make your body odor stronger, then you might consider seeing your doctor about it, especially if you haven't had a recent physical.
This past year or more I noticed that my body odor was stronger, and when I would get sweaty or have a hot flash, I felt plain stinky! I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and I am noticing that with my blood sugar under control, the smell is gone and the few times my blood sugar count has gone too high, the smell seems to be back.
Not meant to alarm you, just make you aware that sometimes there can be an underlying medical condition causing things like this! (06/02/2010)
I use Mitchum antiperspirant, which is made for odorific arm pits. I also wipe plain vinegar on the pit skin. It kills the bacteria, though it will come back, unless all your laundry is cleaned with bleach. (06/03/2010)
I used to have very stinky underarms a while back. I went to a doctor and the only thing he told me to help is that he would have to take out the sweat glands. I started using baking soda, nothing else. Just spread the baking soda on my underarms. I sometimes had to do it more than once a day. It worked for me. I now don't need it anymore but it sure helped when I was working in an office full of girls who used to complain a lot about my smelling. Hope this helps you. (06/03/2010)
By Rita Murray
Here's something further in the line of diabetes:
Candida is often the cause of many skin issues, not the least of which is body odor and glucose feeds candida. If it is systemic, it needs to be taken care of, cause candida can cause many, many serious health concerns. (06/03/2010)
Wash your skin with bicarb and water and dry thoroughly. Then rub in some coconut oil into the affected area. Do this every day. You also need to attack the problem from the inside. It sounds like you have a yeast overgrowth. Cut out all sugar and dairy from your diet for 2 weeks. You should see an improvement. Also, take flax seed oil or evening primrose oil every day. This will help kill the excessive yeast and bring your body back into balance again. (06/10/2010)
By Spanish Girl
Sweating isn't a crime, it's nature, and although society doesn't really help, it happens on a daily, hourly, every minute, basis. If you are sweating easily, you should purchase this handy little pack of Once A Week wipes. The Once A Week wipes make you feel and smell cleaner, and because their size isn't that big, you can simply stick them in your bag and use them whenever you work up a sweat! Well, Once A Week is fragrance free, it helps you to neutralize body odors, but not using fragrance to make you smell better as others. (09/24/2010)
I have really bad underarm odor. I am very active, eat healthy, and am in high school. I have had this odor for a long time. Please help.
My under arms smell so badly. How can I remove the smell?
I have underarm odor. Nothing seems to work for long periods of time. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
My one arm pit seems to smell just about all the time. Even after showering. Do you know what causes this?