Body odor happens when sweat and bacteria on the skin mix. When you reach puberty, you begin to sweat more than you did as a kid. This happens because your sweat glands are busier. There are some things you can do to keep body odor under control:
- Shower or bathe every day to get rid of the bacteria and dirt sitting on your skin.
- Make sure your socks and underwear are fresh and clean. Cotton underwear or underwear with a cotton crotch panel is best.
- Use deodorant or antiperspirant under your arms. Deodorants cover up armpit odor but don't prevent sweating. Antiperspirants do help reduce sweating under your arms. There are also many products that are combination deodorant/antiperspirants.
- Use a washcloth to clean your feet daily if you have a problem with foot odor. Sometimes, a little baby powder on your feet or odor-absorbing shoe inserts can help too.