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More Body Odor Than Usual – Here is Why

More Body Odor Than Usual – Here is Why

I just completed an Instagram live session and was met with this same question once again. People always ask me why they become immune to their deodorant and why it stops working after a certain period of time. Product immunity is something you hear a lot about in beauty so today I want to talk about whether this is truly the case.

 

Do Your Armpits Become Immune or Adapt to Your Deodorant?

A quick search online will show you many articles and blogs that claim you need to switch your skincare products often because you become immune to the ingredients. This is absurd and untrue. 

 

Your Body Has Changed, Don’t Blame The Product

If a product you use no longer works, it has to do with your body’s physiological changes, not an immunity to the product’s ingredients. For example when your facial cleanser stops working, your skin has changed in some way which means the product may no longer be suitable. Maybe your skin is oilier or dryer than it used to be, due to stress or hormones so you need a new product that addresses these needs. Therefore, if a deodorant no longer works for you, it is because the conditions of your armpits have changed.

 

more body odor than usual - here is why

Photo by Aiony Haust.

 

Bacteria Is Often the Main Issue

Above all else, an increased production of bacteria in your underarms is often the culprit. If all you do is use heavily scented bar soap under your armpits, you are not cleaning everything properly. Not only will there be bacteria from the day leftover, but there will also be deodorant buildup from the day before. Similar to hand washing, you need an antibacterial soap. Ensure that it has no alcohol in it, just like the antibacterial soap that I have created. You can see from our consumer testimonials how it changed their odor problem.

 

The Way You Wash Is Just As Important

People think they can quickly swipe some soap under their armpits and rinse off in a few seconds. However, what they don’t realize is that this is not enough to properly clean the underarm area. So here’s what you can do differently to make sure you are properly rinsing the area.

What you need to do is to get in there with an antibacterial bar soap and wash your armpits 20 times just like you would do with your hands. This will handle whatever changes your body has to improve the issue.

 

more body odor than usual - here is why

Photo by Pixabay.

 

What Else Can Cause More Body Odor Than Usual?

 

Stress

Many people sweat when they’re stressed, which causes bacterial buildup and odor. Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or biofeedback to control the way you react in high impact situations.

 

Diet

Caffeinated beverages and spicy food can make you sweat more or have more body odor than usual. Eliminating these foods may help.

 

Hot Weather

Try to stay in a cool environment when possible or find a shady area when you are outside.

 

Hormonal Changes

Whether you are going through pregnancy, menopause, or puberty, you will notice a fluctuation of changes occurring.

 

Clothing

Choose clothing that is suitable for your daily activity. Avoid synthetic fabrics and opt for natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk so that your armpits can breathe.

 

See A Doctor If You Experience Any of the Following:

  • You suddenly begin to sweat much more or less than usual
  •  Sweating disrupts your daily routine
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
  • You notice a change in your body odor when you are taking  new medications such as antidepressants

 

Listen To Your Body

The overall conclusion is that your armpits have not adapted or become immune to anything in the deodorant you use. Rather, your skin microbiome has changed with the passage of time. In fact, many things can change how your armpit behaves that range from menopause, to stress and hormones. Your body is constantly evolving and you need to be aware of them. Above all else, addressing the bacteria under the arm is key.

 

I hope this was helpful and please feel free to comment or ask for advice  in the comment section.

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THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEODORANT SENSITIVITY

HERE IS WHY ONE ARMPIT SMELLS WORSE THAN THE OTHER

*THIS* Happens After Long Term Use of Antiperspirants

*THIS* Happens After Long Term Use of Antiperspirants

Armpits have been described by scientists as a “rainforest” of bacteria. Most of us grew up being told to use antiperspirant to combat the odor associated with this issue, but in the long run it may actually make you smell worse. Read on to learn the side effects of antiperspirants.

 

Antiperspirant Causes MORE Odor-Causing Bacteria

Antiperspirant is classified as an over-the-counter drug in both Canada and the U.S. because it uses aluminum chloride that blocks your sweat glands to prevent you from perspiring. Read more about aluminum here. Your body becomes reliant on antiperspirant. If you stop using it, you can experience major changes in the bacteria that grows under your arms, causing you to smell. There is a reason it is classified as an over-the-counter drug, your body becomes dependent on it.

 

antiperspirants makes me smell - underarm photo by alexa mazzarello

Photo by Alexa Mazzarello.

 

The “Rainforest” of Bacteria Under the Arms

In a study conducted at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Genomics & Microbiology Lab, 18 subjects were recruited to compare what happens to bacteria under your armpits when you switch the type of underarm products you use. The subjects were divided into three groups: (1) people who used antiperspirant daily, (2) people who used deodorant daily and (3) those that did not use any underarm products. Every day of the study, both armpits were swabbed and the bacteria was analyzed.

After two days, the antiperspirant-users started to develop diverse bacteria under their arms. By the fifth day, there was significant growth of bacteria – in some cases, it was a pungent type of bacteria called Corynebacteria, the smelliest of all bacterial flora.

 

There are two main types of bacteria in your armpits:

Corynebacteria – The type that makes you smell

Staphlococcaceae –  The least smelly bacteria

 

What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Using Antiperspirant?

Ultimately, antiperspirant users experienced the most drastic change in bacterial communities when they stopped using any products. At the end of the study it was found that there was an initial increase of smelly bacteria in the underarms of antiperspirant users. Using antiperspirant reduces the amount of staphlococcaceae bacteria (the least smelly) that grows under the arms. This creates more opportunities for odor-causing species to develop.

Deodorant users did not experience the same increase in odor-causing bacteria when they stopped using underarm products. They even had fewer species of bacteria in their armpits compared to armpits of participants who use no product at all.

 

antperspirants on shelf - image by beauty.thefuntimesguide.com

Photo by thefuntimesguide.com.

 

It Won’t Last Forever

The study unveils that long term use of antiperspirant actually creates more bacteria on your armpits once you stop using them.

If you are an antiperspirant user making the switch to natural deodorant, it is important to know that this odor-causing bacteria won’t last forever, it is just a part of the detox that happens when you discontinue use.

I believe that our consumers should understand what is happening to their body during The Stages of Detox. It can be discouraging when it feels like natural deodorant isn’t working. Basically, your body becomes addicted to antiperspirant and it is harder for it to go without it. Thankfully, after several weeks, the culture of bacteria is able to rebalance and stop overproducing odor-causing bacteria.

What is Pit Priming And Why You Should Be Doing It

What is Pit Priming And Why You Should Be Doing It

You’ve heard about priming your face for foundation. It makes sense and totally works, your primer helps prep your skin to be ready for foundation and even helps your foundation to perform better. However, priming your underarms is a REAL thing. My team kept using this term over and over again, and now I understand why!

 

SO, WHAT IS UNDERARM PRIMING?

When consumers ask me why they get odor breakthrough, I suggest that they try priming their underarms first. Note: Severe odor break-though often occurs when you first stop using antiperspirant and switch to natural deodorant. Read more about how that actually works here.

 

pit priming before applying natural deodorant - kaia naturals

PHOTO BY GEORGES ANTONI.

 

Underarm priming is the process of removing odor-causing bacteria under your arms BEFORE applying deodorant.

This is a CRITICAL step in making sure that your natural deodorant can do the heavy lifting of managing the bacteria all day long without having to worry about breakthrough odor. So let’s say that the underarm priming helps transform your deodorant into EXTRA-STRENGTH protection!

 

YOUR SWEAT IS ODORLESS, SO WHY DO YOU SMELL?

It is a common misconception that sweat has a very pungent smell, but in reality it is the combination of sweat and bacteria under the arms that creates odor issues. The bacteria that lives on armpits breaks down the lipids and amino acids found in sweat, resulting in a very distinctive body odor smell, which we refer to as B.O.  

The next time you smell B.O, in a crowded subway or at a sweaty concert, you should think, “Oops! Someone has bacteria on their skin!”

 

pit priming before applying natural deodorant - kaia naturals

PHOTO FROM VIXXPAULAHERMANNYCOM.

 

HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO PRIME YOUR UNDERARMS

Our armpits naturally house a lot of bacteria. In fact, it is one of the most heavily populated areas of bacteria on our body.

There are two main types of bacteria in your armpits:

Corynebacteria – The type that makes you smell

Staphlococcaceae –  The least smelly bacteria

If you are just making the switch to natural deodorant, underarm priming is crucial for a smooth transition. A study conducted at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Genomics & Microbiology Lab determined that long term use of antiperspirant actually results in more growth of Cornyebacteria under the arms when you stop using it.

 

YOUR NATURAL DEODORANT IS NOT TO BLAME

Many people experience odor breakthrough during the second week of switching to natural deodorant – because there is more odor-causing bacteria present, NOT because your natural deodorant FAILED. It’s the bacteria that IS TO BLAME, so you have to get rid of it!

The good news is as your body detoxes from aluminum in antiperspirant, the growth of Cornyebacteria will begin to decline. However, to ensure you do not get odor breakthrough during this detox stage, it’s important to underarm prime.

 

pit priming with apple cider vinegar before applying natural deodorant - kaia naturals

PHOTO FROM READER’S DIGEST.

 

HOW TO PRIME YOUR UNDERARMS

I can’t even begin to stress HOW EASY underarm priming actually is. It also doesn’t require an extra step, because who has time for that… I certainly don’t!

Prime the underarms in the shower by cleansing your armpits with a natural, antibacterial soap. Look for ingredients like apple cider vinegar and sodium like the kaia naturals‘ the underarm bar which creates an inhospitable environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow. Let it sit while you do the other steps of your shower routine, and rinse it off.

Other tips to stay fresh during the day include trimming or removing underarm hair, which promotes the growth of bacteria on the underarms.

If you have any questions, ask us in the comments section below!

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