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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

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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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Should You Wear Deodorant to Bed?

Should You Wear Deodorant to Bed?

You may have even been told that wearing deodorant or antiperspirant at night will give you longer odor protection. The logic behind this is simple. Your product is given time to absorb into your skin overnight, before you get your sweat on the next day.

 

Truth is, there is no need to wear deodorant to bed.

 

 

Why? Odor is only produced when there is a combination of sweat and bacteria. Your body temperature naturally drops in sleep mode and sweating is reduced. With no moisture, odor-causing bacteria does not grow and thrive in regions like your underarms and feet. Wearing deodorant at night will not help you smell any less during the day. 

 

If you are looking for extra odor control, try some of these tips below:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Pour this solution onto a cotton pad and apply it to your underarms after washing them with regular soap. 
  • Antibacterial Soap with Apple Cider Vinegar: Use our underarm bar with apple cider vinegar and sodium chloride to wash your underarms at night. 

 

Whew, now you can rest easy tonight without worrying if you should apply deodorant before you slide into bed!

 

Feature Image by Daria Shevtsova

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Body Odor

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Body Odor

For years, I have raved about drinking apple cider vinegar shots every morning. Not only does it help control my sugar cravings and ease digestion, but I find it also helps boosts my immune system. This past winter where 90% of my team came down with the flu and germs were flying everywhere in the air, I did not get sick once. I actually believe it was thanks to my daily immunity boosts from ACV.

Why I love apple cider vinegar even more is because not only is it a powerful detox ingredient for our bodies, but it’s also very effective at neutralizing odor-causing bacteria on the skin.

 

How Does ACV Work?

 

If you’ve ever sniffed apple cider vinegar, you know it’s not the best smelling thing out there. I’ve heard many of my family and friends say that it smells like feet… Ok now, it does NOT smell like feet and although it does smell strange at first, you do get used to the smell and taste fairly quickly.  

Side note: If you’re struggling to drink ACV, here’s my tried-and-tested tip on making ACV taste delicious:

Add 1 tablespoon of ACV into ¼ cup of organic lime juice (I bought a bottle at Whole Foods), and ¼ cup of water. The lime juice helps to hide the ACV taste and I also have no time to cut limes and squeeze them in the morning, so store-bought lime juice works even better for me!

That unique smell of ACV comes from acetic acid. Acetic acid and other organic acids found in ACV are responsible for killing bacteria. It works by passing through into the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing it.

 

grocery shelf of apple cider vinegar - kaia naturals

Photo by Daria Vokova.

 

It’s like Natural Clorox for Your Body

A study conducted by the Middlesex University London in the UK, tested different bacteria strains in petri dishes with apple cider vinegar and cultured them together at 37 degrees celsius for a 24 hour period.

The results showed that ACV reduced bacterial growth and eliminated bacteria types such as E. coli, C. albicans (which includes Corynebacteria, the type of bacteria that causes body odor) and S. aureus.

This means that apple cider vinegar has the ability to eliminate odor-causing bacteria and create an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow when applied on the skin. The best part is that unlike Clorox bleach which is highly toxic, apple cider vinegar is 100% natural and safe for humans.

Individuals suffering from excess body odor would be able to reap the antibacterial and deodorizing benefits of apple cider vinegar.

 

Photo by Kyle Smith.

 

3 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar on Your Armpits

 

Body Odor Eliminator

ACV’s antibacterial properties will prevent bacteria from growing on your skin and will neutralize any odor-causing bacteria, keeping you smelling clean and fresh. If you’re doing an armpit detox or are naturally a smellier person, try using apple cider vinegar to get rid of body odor in your shower routine.

What to do: Use a natural antibacterial bar soap formulated with apple cider vinegar in the shower like the underarm bar, or apply ACV onto a cotton pad and gently swipe onto armpits.

 

Lighten Dark Armpits

ACV helps to regulate the skin’s pH balance and gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, which works to gradually lighten dark armpits.

What to do:  Mix equal parts water and ACV in a bowl. Soak 2 cotton pads and apply onto each underarm like a sheet mask. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with water water.

 

Armpit Detox

During the transition from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, try an armpit detox mask to help expedite the stages of detox and to pull toxins and aluminum chloride from your pores..

What to do: Mix 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay (I recommend the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay)  with ½ tablespoon ACV until it becomes a paste. Apply onto clean armpits and leave on 15-20 minutes or until dry. Rinse off and pat dry.

 


 

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