What causes body odour?

Body odour is unpleasant, but it’s easily prevented with good personal hygiene. Find out what causes body odour and how to try to avoid it here.

What causes body odour?

Body odour is unpleasant (and sometimes embarrassing), but it’s absolutely normal and can be easily prevented with good personal hygiene habits. If you Softies have been wondering what causes body odour, then you’ve come to the right place.

We’re here to share with you the causes of body odour and what you can do to avoid it.

What Causes Body Odour?

Contrary to what you might think, body odour doesn’t come from sweat. The bad smell is actually a result of bacteria, which break down the sweat molecules into fatty acids and release a pungent odour.

Our skin is made up of two types of sweat glands – eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands are found all over the body and usually release odourless sweat. However, if you’ve been consuming rich or spicy foods, including garlic, spices and alcohol, an unpleasant smell can develop. Apocrine glands develop in areas of the body that are hairy and release sweat that’s high in protein, which is what bacteria needs to grow.

So, how can we ensure that this bacteria (known as staphylococcus hominis) doesn’t build up? There are a number of basic personal hygiene steps we can follow:

Don’t Overdo the Garlic

When it comes to cooking, as much as you may want to add flavour to your food in the form of garlic or spices, it’s important not to overdo it. These ingredients release sulphur-containing gases when the body breaks them down, causing an unpleasant stench.

To avoid this body odour being released from pores, Softies should either go easy on the garlic and spices or plan your meal accordingly. If you have a beauty appointment, work meeting or romantic date coming up, then it might be a good idea to go without these foods beforehand.