My puberty: 100% clean

My puberty: 100% clean

One of the most protruding consequences of puberty is body odor. Boys and girls undergoing puberty may notice that, their body has started to smell different, or smell more, especially after sports or at the end of the day.

Puberty is the process of physical changes through which a child's body matures into an adult body capable of sexual reproduction. It is initiated by hormonal signals from the brain to the gonads: the ovaries in a girl, the testes in a boy.

At this stage, body odor is one of the common features of puberty, and is normal. Around this time, you may have to start taking a shower every day, and also using deodorant or antiperspirant.

Body odor starts to occur when we’re in puberty. Men tend to suffer more from body odor, as they sweat more from their apocrine glands than women, even though women actually have more sweat glands overall, Certain foods, like curry, garlic or spices, alcohol and some types of medication can also make our sweat smell unpleasant.

How to reduce body odor?

If you sweat a lot, you may find that body odor is becoming a problem. Here are a few handy tips that could help you stop body odor:

Make deodorant part of your daily routine. Sweat can easily get trapped in our armpits, feet, toes and genital area which can lead to sweat patches, so it’s important to properly wash and dry these parts of your body with an appropriate soap or shower gel.

As hair allows sweat to get trapped and cause body odor, shaving your underarms can help.

If smelly feet are a problem, make sure you wear socks made from natural fabrics and change them daily, and avoid wearing shoes made from synthetic material.


Mbua Desmond

Freelance journalist from ASMAC