Question : Ever since I attained teenage, I noticed a strange body odour coming from my body. Is it normal to have this? Teentalker
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Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself off. You sweat in hot weather, when you’re exercising or playing sports, and when you’re nervous, stressed, or excited. During puberty, your sweat glands become much more active than they were when you were younger. You’ve probably noticed that you’re sweating more now than you were as a kid, especially in your armpits.
When your sweat comes into contact with bacteria on your skin, it can cause a smell – body odor. Here are some good hygiene tips that will help prevent body odor:
1. Shower or bathe daily, and thoroughly dry your skin afterwards. Bacteria thrive in damp areas, so make sure to dry off after you shower.
2. Apply deodorant or antiperspirant– Using deodorant or antiperspirant will help mask body odor, and/or decrease sweating.
3. Wear clean clothes – Changing your clothes each day give you a fresh start. It also helps to wear clothing made of natural fibers (such as cotton or linen) because they absorb sweat better than other materials.
If you find that keeping clean and wearing deodorant/antiperspirant still isn’t helping, talk with your health care provider. He/she may be able to write you a prescription for a stronger product. Please go thorugh our various articles and tools on Puberty. Hope this helps, if you have any other query do connect online for chat between 11am-8pm or drop us an offline message.
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