Image of Anne Thestrup Andersen

Read by Anne Thestrup Meimbresse

Pharmacist, Varde Pharmacy

Here you can see Annes profile »
Table of contents:

What causes smelly armpits?

Underarm odour is primarily caused by a combination of sweat production and bacterial breakdown of sweat on the skin. Sweat itself is odourless, but when it comes into contact with bacteria on the skin's surface, the bacteria begin to break down the sweat's proteins and fatty acids, creating the characteristic unpleasant odour.

Several factors can affect the intensity of underarm odour. These include hormonal changes, dietary habits, medication and other health conditions. In addition, clothing choices and lack of hygiene practices can also contribute to the odour problem.

It is important to understand the underlying causes of underarm odour in order to tackle the problem effectively. In the following sections, we will explore methods and products that can help reduce odour and improve your underarm hygiene.

Effective methods to reduce underarm odour

Proper hygiene

Of course, good hygiene is important to reduce underarm odour. Here's how you should wash your underarms and use deodorant to maintain good hygiene and prevent unpleasant sweat odour

1. Daily cleansing: Wash your armpits thoroughly with soap and water daily. Use a mild cleansing soap to remove excess sweat and bacteria that can cause odour.

2. Dry your armpits thoroughly: Make sure to dry your armpits thoroughly after washing. Damp areas are more likely to promote bacterial growth.

3. Avoid tight-fitting clothing: Choose loose-fitting and breathable clothing to reduce sweat build-up, as sweat can contribute to the odour problem.

Antiperspirants and deodorants

Antiperspirants and deodorants are two different types of products that can help control underarm odour:

1. Antiperspirants contain aluminium compounds that help reduce sweat production by temporarily clogging the sweat glands. This can help reduce underarm moisture and prevent bacteria from thriving.

2. Deodorants help mask the odour of sweat and bacteria, but they don't affect sweat production. Deodorants often contain fragrances that provide a fresh scent and help cover odours.

Natural remedies to combat underarm odour

If you prefer natural alternatives to commercial antiperspirants and deodorants, there are several natural remedies that can help reduce underarm odour:

1. Baking soda: Baking soda can act as a natural deodorant by neutralising odours and absorbing excess moisture.

2. Lemon juice: Lemon juice has cleansing properties and can help kill odour-causing bacteria.

3. Coconut oil: Coconut oil has natural cleansing properties and can help fight odour and moisture.

By trying different methods and finding the one that works best for you, you can effectively reduce underarm odour and feel more confident in your everyday life.

Underarm odour products from Australian Bodycare

Australian Bodycare offers a Tea Tree Oil Deodorant that is specially developed for underarm odour. The deodorant contains natural tea tree oil, which has cleansing properties. Tea tree oil cleanses the skin and thereby the bacteria that cause odour, while providing a fresh and pleasant scent. The deodorant is gentle on the skin and can be used daily to keep you fresh and odour-free.

Another effective solution from Australian Bodycare is the Tea Tree Oil Body Wash. The body wash is enriched with tea tree oil, which helps to clean bacteria on the skin and prevent bad odours. By using body wash regularly, you can achieve a clean and fresh feeling under your arms and all over your body.

Shower gel with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree body wash for the daily care of spots and congested skin
+15.000 reviews
Regular price From £9.99
Sale price From £9.99 Regular price
Shower gel with Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree body wash for the daily care of spots and congested skin

Prevention of smelly armpits

To prevent future underarm odour, there are some simple tips and tricks you can follow:

1. Choose breathable fabrics: Wear clothing made from breathable materials such as cotton or linen that help reduce build-up of sweat and promote air circulation.

2. Avoid tight-fitting clothes: Avoid clothes that are too tight as they can restrict airflow and lead to increased sweat production and odour.

3. Wash clothes regularly: Wash your clothes regularly to remove sweat and bacteria that can cause odour.

4. Consider your diet: Certain foods such as spicy foods, garlic and onions can affect the odour of sweat. Consider reducing the intake of these foods if you notice they affect underarm odour.

5. Drink enough water: Make sure you drink enough water to prevent dehydration and reduce the concentration of waste products in your sweat.

By following the above tips and using Australian Bodycare products, you can achieve fresh and fragrant armpits that boost your confidence and keep you odour-free all day long.

Shower gel with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree body wash for the daily care of spots and congested skin
+15.000 reviews
Regular price From £9.99
Sale price From £9.99 Regular price
Shower gel with Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree body wash for the daily care of spots and congested skin

When should you seek medical attention?

While underarm odour is often caused by common causes like sweat and bacteria, in some cases it can be a sign of underlying health issues. It's important to be aware of certain signs that may indicate the need for medical attention:

1. Persistent and intense odour: If the odour is very strong and persists even after thorough hygiene, it could be an indication of an underlying problem.

2. Redness or irritation: If you experience redness, itching or irritation under your arms, it could be a sign of a skin infection or allergic reaction.

3. Rashes or sores: If you develop a rash, sores or oozing pustules under your arms, you should consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

4. Swollen lymph nodes: If you notice swollen lymph nodes in your armpits, you should have them checked by a doctor as it could be a sign of an infection or other health problem.

5. Fever: If you have a fever or other symptoms of illness in addition to bad odour, you should seek medical attention to assess your condition.

If you experience any of these signs or are concerned about the bad odour under your arms, it's always best to consult a doctor or healthcare professional for a thorough assessment and appropriate treatment. They will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and offer the right advice and care to address any underlying health issues.

Rounding up

The guide has explored the causes of underarm odour and suggested effective ways to manage and prevent the annoying odour problem. However, understanding the underlying causes and ensuring good hygiene habits can effectively reduce underarm odour and improve wellbeing.

Proper hygiene with daily washing with Australian Bodycare's Tea Tree Oil Body Wash and using Australian Bodycare's Tea Tree Oil Deodorant can play a crucial role in fighting odour and bacteria.

Taking preventative steps such as choosing breathable clothing and following a healthy lifestyle can also reduce the risk of underarm odour. It's important to pay attention to your body's signals and seek medical attention if you experience persistent symptoms or are concerned about underlying health issues.

We hope this guide has been informative and helpful to you. By taking the right steps and implementing the suggested methods and products, you can achieve a more comfortable and confident life without underarm odour. Remember that each person's needs can vary, so it's important to find the methods that work best for you.

Thank you for reading. We wish you the best of luck in achieving fresh and fragrant armpits!

FAQ about smelly armpits

How can I reduce underarm odour naturally?

Natural methods include using Tea Tree Oil Deodorant, avoiding caffeinated drinks, and eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.

Why do I suddenly have bad underarm odour?

Sudden bad odour can be caused by hormonal changes, dietary changes, or bacteria. Consult a doctor if it persists.

What is the best deodorant to fight underarm odour?

Australian Bodycare's Tea Tree Oil Deodorant is known for its natural ability to fight odour and bacteria effectively.

How do I choose the right deodorant for my skin type?

Choose a deodorant that suits your skin type, such as Australian Bodycare's Tea Tree Oil Deodorant, which is suitable for all skin types - even sensitive skin.

Can poor diet cause underarm odour?

Yes, poor diet can affect the body's excretion of toxins that can cause odour. Eat a healthy diet to reduce odour problems.

Is underarm odour a sign of an underlying health issue?

Yes, persistent underarm odour can be a sign of hormonal imbalances, metabolic problems or infections. Seek medical advice if you are concerned.

How do I avoid underarm odour during exercise?

Use a Tea Tree Oil Deodorant before exercise and make sure to wear breathable clothing that can help absorb sweat.

Can men and women use the same products to reduce underarm odour?

Yes, products like Tea Tree Oil Deodorant and Tea Tree Oil Body Wash are suitable for both men and women.

Can I use homemade deodorants to reduce underarm odour?

Yes, there are many natural ingredients that can be used to make homemade deodorants, but be careful of possible allergic reactions. You may want to choose a ready-made deodorant based on natural ingredients, such as Tea Tree Oil Deo from Australian Bodycare.

What is the best way to prevent underarm odour?

Good hygiene, use of appropriate deodorants and a healthy lifestyle with a focus on diet and exercise are the best starting points for preventing underarm odour.

Remember that underarm odour can vary from person to person, and it's important to find the methods and products that best suit your individual needs. If you experience persistent underarm odour issues or are concerned about an underlying health condition, it is always recommended to consult a doctor or healthcare professional for advice.

Join 50,000 others – follow us on Instagram