You’ve literally just taken a shower, you apply enough 48-hour deodorant to create a new hole in the ozone layer, get dressed and head out the door to meet your friends or go on that special date.
But wait, what’s this? You’ve only just got into the car and your pits are already wet. As you pull out of your driveway and head to your destination, your back heats up against your car seat and you before you know it you’re sitting in a puddle of your own sweat.
When you arrive at your destination just thirty minutes later you start to notice that you’re already emitting a distinctive aroma… body odor! Within sixty minutes that beautiful date of yours is keeping their distance.
Dealing with Men’s Body Odor
Body odor, how it always seems like an endless battle to try and keep on top of it. But what’s causing the problem? How can we go from stinking one day to smelling fresh as linen drying outside on a warm spring day?
Let’s face the facts… we all know the way we smell personally affects our lives in more ways than one. Not only does it just smell all-out bad (to most), it’s also unattractive (to most), and it makes us feel really uncomfortable, particularly if we are in public.
It can be really embarrassing, especially when you’re trying to make a good impression.
Have you ever been at the gym and smelt someone who’s clearly not showered in a few days before heading there? Have you done this yourself?
Or have you sat next to someone on public transport who’s also clearly not showered in days (weeks/months/years)? Obviously, it’s not nice to have to politely put up with that stench.
However, the good news is that there are many ways in which we can deal with men’s body odor. We certainly don’t have to just give up and accept that this is life.
So first we will take a look at where these smells are coming from, then we will look at what factors can make it worse and how to fix those problems.
So, sit tight, grab some popcorn and let’s dive right into it.
So where is all this body odor coming from?
The first stage of body odor comes from sweating (perspiration) from the gland organs. The body has two main types of glands known as the eccrine glands and the apocrine glands. With me so far? Excellent, let’s take a look at these two gland types.
The primary type of gland is the eccrine gland and the human body has over 2.5 million eccrine glands which release most of your body’s sweat through pores which are spread out all around the body.
This sweat is mostly made up of water but also includes small amounts of salt, ammonia, urea, and protein.
The other offending type of glands are the apocrine glands. These glands are less numerous around the body and are more specific to the armpits, breast region, ears, and the groin.
Remember the last time you sweated through your ears? Hmm me neither!
Anyway, although the perspiration from the apocrine glands are still made up of the same liquid and minerals as the eccrine glands, they are excreted with a higher concentration than the eccrine glands.
Great, so now you’re all clued up on eccrine and apocrine glands let’s move swiftly onto what factors have an effect on how much sweat is released from them.
How much sweat is released from the glands?
The body functions best at a temperature anywhere between 97oF (36.1oC) and 99oF (37.2oC).
Whenever you move around, your body temperature increases and your body starts working hard to try and bring your temperature back within the normal range.
When this happens your eccrine glands (the more numerously spread ones) release sweat through your pores as it strives for a normal temperature. So, any form of physical activity from working out at the gym to simply walking around will certainly get your glands pumping.
Have you ever been under a lot of stress or emotional and realized you were starting to heat up? This all stems back to our natural ‘fight or flight’ response.
In this state, the body believes it is either fighting or running away from a stressful situation. But just because we now mostly simply sit on that feeling these days and ride it out doesn’t mean the body recognizes it that wat.
This type of stress affects your apocrine glands.
It comes as no surprise that certain foods will also overburden your body and start putting them glands to work.
Obviously eating hot food will increase your overall body temperate, but also having allergies can increase your body temperature, as can certain foods like spices and vinegar.
Also eating high sugary foods with a high GI count will raise your insulin levels and in turn your body will use that sugar to create energy (heat).
Some foods that can make you sweat are;
- fatty food
- processed food
- cruciferous vegetables like kale and cabbage
That still doesn’t explain the odor…
The problem starts as soon as you start sweating. But did you know that perspiration is actually odorless?
Yes, it’s true as we now know sweat is mostly just water along with a little salt ammonia, urea, and protein.
It doesn’t matter if it comes from your eccrine or apocrine glands even though the concentration is higher from the apocrine glands.
Well if that’s true then why do my pits smell bad enough to drive away a skunk?
As soon as we start to sweat, those droplets rest on the skin around the body. Certain areas such as your armpits are a breeding ground for bacteria where you secrete sweat from your apocrine glands. The bacteria in those areas then start breaking down the sweat and leave behind that sulfurous, oniony smell we know as BO.
The more you work out, the more stressed you are and, the more bad foods you eat, will mean more sweat is produced thus more food for the bacteria, thus more smell.
Men’s Body Odor Vs Women’s Body Odor
Women generally have to work harder to generate the same amount of sweat as men do and men also perspire more efficiently this was proven by a study conducted by the journal Experimental Physiology in 2010.
It is thought this could have something to do with the hormone that men produce called testosterone.
The good news is, that there are many ways in which we can tackle men’s body odor. If you try and implement some of these then you’ll be smelling tip-top in no time at all.
Our first goal for targeting body odor should be in our daily showering regime. Try to use an antibacterial soap or shower gel that will target any sweat that you have accrued over the last day (or days). If you’re feeling super grimy you can also apply the soap twice to areas such as armpits, ground, inner thighs, etc.
So now we are all clean we need to look at prevention methods to stop smell build up. The most common way for men to deal with body odor is by using a deodorant aerosol spray.
There are many different types on the market including products designed for men with sensitive skin. Other options are 24-48 hours of protection and of course, there’s a huge range of different scents.
The trick is to target those apocrine gland areas.
- The best time to spray is as soon as you are dry from having your shower or bath.
- This will stop the bacteria from getting a chance to feast on your sweat droplets at the first chance it gets.
Another popular method is using a roll-on. It does pretty much the same thing as above, though they can be more cost-effective as they last longer. As before, apply it as soon as you’ve dried yourself after a shower.
Another added benefit to using a roll-on is that they aren’t as bad for the environment as aerosol sprays.
One of the disadvantages of using sprays and traditional roll-ons is that they are full of many chemicals which can harmful to men’s health.
For that reason, there are many more natural products available for men that don’t use as many harmful ingredients.
When choosing your natural product be sure to avoid any that contain aluminum in them. Aluminum is easily absorbed by the body and can increase your risk for breast cancer.
A good recommendation of a more natural product would have to be the Arm & Hammers Deodrant. This product is
- free from aluminum,
- parabens, and
It uses baking soda and natural plant extracts that work well together to combat men’s body odors.
Because bacteria also likes to live near and on the hairs around your body, reducing places for the bacteria to live can also help to reduce your body odor.
You don’t necessarily need to take a razor to your body hair and shave off your entire bush either. Even just using your favorite hair trimmers to reduce the length of the hairs around your body will make a big difference.
The added benefit being that you might find you prefer the look too. So, if you haven’t tried giving manscaping a try maybe today’s the day to start?
It’s important to reduce your stress levels as stress-related sweat can really give off a real pong. This is because stress releases sweat through your apocrine pores.
- One great way of reducing your stress levels is in ensuring you are getting an average of eight hours of quality shuteye every night.
- The best way to do this is to go to bed and wake up at the same time each night.
- It might help to also reduce your screen time in the last few hours before bed or at least switch to your Dark theme and turn the brightness down on your phone.
Another great way to reduce your stress levels is by taking up a daily meditation routine.
You don’t have to sit for hours each day to reap the many scientifically proven benefits from mindfully sitting.
Just five to ten minutes of counting your breaths in and out from one through to ten and repeating will have instant effects on how you feel.
Although meditation is generally a foolproof way of reducing your stress levels, it also has the added benefit of helping you sleep better each night when practiced daily.
If your diet mainly consists of junk then you’re definitely going to smell it sooner or later. The foods we eat can play a huge role in how we smell.
Some foods that can make you sweat are
- fatty food,
- processed food,
- milk and cruciferous vegetables like kale and cabbage.
Drinks that can make you sweat more are alcohol and coffee.
Of course, you don’t have to eliminate these foods completely from your diet (although that would certainly help).
Even just being mindful about how much of each of these foods you consume each day will have a positive impact not only on reducing sweat production but stress.
So what foods should we be eating then?
Well, I’m glad you asked.
- Lots of varied fruit and vegetables should find their way into your diet, along with cereals which are high in fiber.
I know it’s the same record on repeat, but just a few small changes in the way you currently eat now will all help with that odor.
Whether you like it or not – we all need to sweat. It’s the body’s natural response to maintaining the temperature within our bodies that will ensure we protect our organs and bodily functions.
I know for us it can be an annoyance, but that’s just something we have to deal with.
We now know that sweat is released through the glands from things like exercise, stress, and diet.
If you really want to focus on ridding yourself of smelling like Satans ass, ensure you apply some anti-perspirant immediately after you have showered before those pesky bacteria get any chance to take hold.
Also, ensure you’re getting eight hours of top-quality sleep every night and reduce your stress levels.
Finally clean up your diet by including more fresh fruits, vegetables, and cereals onto your plates while reducing unhealthy foods, spices, fatty foods, meats, and milk, etc.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101007210546.htm | Science Daily