There are lots of things about our bodies that can take to make us self conscious but one of the most prominent ones is underarm odor. This is something that most of us are constantly on the look out for. For some underarm odor control is easier than for others.
You can call it B.O. bromhidrosis, or a few other names but it all comes down to an unpleasant smell, not only one we can detect but others as well.
The glands in the arm pits that are responsible for producing the sweat which in turn emits an odor is the aprocrine glands, and are known as the sweat glands.
An article we found in medical news today has some interesting information on body odor, and underarm odor.
“Armpits – a large concentration of apocrine glands exist in the armpits, making that area susceptible to rapid development of body odor.
Keep the armpits clean – wash them regularly using anti-bacterial soap, and the number of bacteria will be kept low, resulting in less body odor.
Hair under the armpits slows down the evaporation of sweat, giving the bacteria more time to break it down into smelly substances; shaving the armpits regularly has been found to help body odor control in that area.
Deodorant or antiperspirant – deodorants make the skin more acidic, making the environment more difficult for bacteria to thrive. An antiperspirant blocks the sweating action of the glands, resulting in less sweating. Some studies, however, have indicated that antiperspirants may be linked to breast cancer or prostate cancer risk; this study suggests that the evidence is inconclusive either way….” Continue reading for more interesting information at medical news today.
The main ingredient usually found in most antiperspirants is called aluminium chloride.
This ingredient can cause some skin irritation in some individuals ranging from itching up to contact dermatitis which is a rash. Some antiperspirants contain other forms of aluminum which are being touted as generally safe. Yet, warnings are issued that antiperspirants should not be used all over the body because of the risk of over exposure to the ions and compounds found in aluminum. But then who would to cover their entire body in this type of product? It is this ions and compounds that block the sweat glands which in turn prevents the sweat which when it becomes laden with bacteria forms an unpleasant odor.
The alternative is going natural and doing it yourself…but is this safe and effective?