Body odor can be an embarrassing problem. It is the rancid or sour smell given off when bacteria on the skin break down sweat into pungent acids. A lot of time and money is spent on products to ward off this unpleasant aroma. Deodorants, antiperspirants, and perfumes are all available to prevent or mask the smell. But some causes of body odor can be eliminated easily by making changes in diet or in clothing. Others are symptoms of underlying medical conditions that need to be addressed by a doctor. Some causes of body odor may not be as obvious as others. Read on for 12 hidden causes of this unpleasant smell.
12. Ill-Timed Bathing
Everyone knows that infrequent bathing or showering causes body odor. In fact, many adults shower daily. Surprisingly, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends bathing only two to three times a week unless you are dirty or sweaty. Showering only a few times each week may be good for preventing dry skin, but it may result in body odor. Additionally, if you shower in the evening and tend to sweat at night, you may be susceptible to bad body odor. You may want to spend three minutes each morning cleansing your armpits, chest, and groin with warm soap and water, and drying them thoroughly with a towel.
11. Musty Towels
Drying off with a musty towel can negate the effects of an invigorating, cleansing, and refreshing shower. Bath towels can be used up to three times before laundering them in hot water. In between uses, be sure to hang your towel on a rack where air can circulate so it can fully dry out. Leaving a damp towel on the floor creates a moist environment where bacteria can grow. When you dry yourself with a dank-smelling towel, you are transferring the musty odor to your body, as well as any germs that may have begun to grow there.