Body odor remedy for teens

One of the changes brought about by puberty is body odor. At the onset of puberty, our children's sweat becomes different as the apocrine glands (one of the two sweat glands) become more active. While the eccrine glands produce salty sweat, apocrine glands which are found in the underarm produce milky sweat that bacteria love. This becomes the perfect recipe for body odor.

Help your teener fight body odor with these tips:

  • Since body odor is caused by bacteria, eliminate it by taking a bath regularly with antibacterial soap. Colognes or pure perfumes can't mask body odor and can only make it smell worse, believe me.
  • Remind your teen to change his/her clothes once it's already sweaty. You may also try using the antibacterial detergents and fabric conditioners sold in the market today.
  • Use a deodorant or anti-perspirant. Personally, I would recommend just using alum powder (tawas) just to be on the natural and more gentle side.
  • Teach your teen to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Rehydration keeps the eccrine glands more active in producing salty sweat that helps dilute the milky sweat produced by the apocrine glands.

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