WHAT CAUSES BODY ODOUR?

What Causes Body Odour?

 

Beyond personal hygiene or the weather, there are many factors contribute to your unique body odour. Some people have stronger body odours than others and no two people have an identical body odour. Like your genetic makeup or your fingerprint, your body odour is 100% unique to you.

FOUR MAIN CAUSES OF BODY ODOUR

Your unique body odour is caused by four main factors:

EXCESSIVE EMOTIONAL SWEATING

1. EXCESSIVE EMOTIONAL SWEATING

There are two types of sweating: thermal sweating and emotional sweating.

The primary purpose of thermal sweating is to regulate your body temperature. Your eccrine sweat glands produce the sweat needed for this.

Emotional sweating is linked to stress and anxiety and is one of the most influential causes of body odour.

Emotional sweat comes from your apocrine glands and is usually excessive. The reaction between your apocrine sweat and your skin bacteria results in significantly more unpleasant body odour than in the case of thermal sweating.

YOUR DAILY ROUTINE AND CLOTHING

2. YOUR DAILY ROUTINE AND CLOTHING

Infrequent showering, lack of deodorant, and unclean shoes and clothing can all affect the potency of your body odour.

To help keep body odour at a minimum remember to bathe regularly, wear fresh clothes made from breathable materials and wear deodorant every day.

Your feet, groin and armpits are home to the largest concentration of apocrine glands. These areas also have very little ventilation, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and decompose your sweat.

The NIVEA Everyday Day Active Fresh Deodorant Spray is perfect for everyday use due to its non-irritating formula and 48 hour protection.

DIET

3. DIET

What you eat has a lot to do with the smell your body produces.

Some foods are difficult for your body to digest and they also feed the bacteria that causes body odour. Keep an eye out for:

  • Sugary sweets and sauces
  • Hydrogenated oil (commonly found in most junk food)
  • Excessive consumption of dairy products, eggs, meat and some spices

YOUR GENETICS

4. YOUR GENETICS

The way you smell is fundamentally based on your genetics.

People of different ethnic backgrounds also tend to sweat different amounts. For example, generally speaking, people from East Asia tend to sweat less and have less body odour than people from Africa and Europe.

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