Sweating and Body Odor: Five Natural Approaches to Controlling Them
Sweating is a natural process that helps cool the body. “The offensive odor that often results from sweating is not caused specifically by sweat, but often by bacteria that flourishes in the hot and moist environment brought about by sweating,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas.
Excessive sweating, which often translates into pungent body odor, can be a hereditary condition, but may also be caused by anxiety, lack of proper hygiene, or a variety of underlying medical conditions. “In addition to treating the underlying causes of excessive sweating or body odor, many completely natural remedies exist,” says Dr. Mamelak.
What are Some of the Natural Approaches to Control Sweating and Body Odor?
Below are five simple methods by which excessive sweating, and its attendant odor can be controlled. These methods work by absorbing moisture, killing bacteria, shrinking pores and / or adjusting the pH balance of the skin. The methods outlined make use of basic and widely available ingredients, that you probably already have at home.
Baking Soda and Corn Starch – these can be mixed in equal parts and applied to the underarm area. “These agent help absorb moisture, changing the environment that odor causing bacteria flourish,” explains Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist and skin care expert at Sanova Dermatology.
Lemon Juice – If your skin is sensitive, you may want to mix lemon juice with water to prevent irritation. Lemon juice can also be mixed with baking soda which is also effective. Allow any of these preparations to dry, then remove with water.
Apple Cider Vinegar – “Apple Cider vinegar has antiseptic properties, inhibiting bacterial growth,” says Dr. Hanson. The vinegar can be applied to the underarm area twice daily. Wait a few moments before rinsing with water.
Tomatoes – Bathing in tomato juice extract diluted in water has been reported to help prevent odor. Some report ingesting one or two glasses of tomato juice also helps.
Witch Hazel – Often recognized as a natural astringent and skin toner, witch hazel has also been used to treat body odor. Dabbing a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel under your arms is a simple procedure and all that’s needed.
Some patients still require medical intervention to help with body odor. “If patients want to avoid anti-perspirant, there are other things we can do,” says Dr. Hanson. “Antiseptic solutions, oral pills and procedures like miraDry can decrease if not eliminate the sweat that the odor causing bacteria feed off of.” These are safe, and in some cases, permanent solutions to sweating and odor.
If you have tried everything to eliminate the problem of excessive sweating or body odor, contact us to consult with our expert team about other options to potentially mitigate your condition.