Contrary to popular assertion that some people are born with body odours, dermatologists have said this is untrue. According to dermatologists, body odour is not congenital.

It is believed that there are two types of sweat glands in the body; these are the eccrine gland which is located all over the body and the apocrine gland which is found in the genital areas and the armpit.

He explained further that the two sweat glands are connected to hair follicles and body odour is from the apocrine gland. He explained that the glands only start to function at puberty and that is why body odours become more obvious after adolescence.

Obesity has also been found to trigger body odour because sweat could be trapped between the folds of skin.

However body odour can be curtailed if people maintain proper personal hygiene and use deodorants and anti-perspirants. Deodorants suppress the odour of sweat, while anti-perspirants minimize sweating.

It is also important to take baths daily, washing the body with soap and water particularly areas there are many sweat glands, these include; the armpits, groin and feet.

Washing the body regularly removes sweat and limits the number of bacteria which can act upon them.


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