Deodorants/Antiperspirants – Friend or Foe?
Body Odour can affect a person’s self-esteem and confidence when meeting with people. Especially when you are in an important meeting and you not want others to think otherwise.
What causes Body Odour?
We usually relate sweat to body odour. While they might be related, the fact is sweat itself does not smell.
The unpleasant smell is the result of bacteria breaking down our sweat into certain acids when our sweat meets the bacteria on the surface of our skin.
One type of glands that are responsible for producing sweat are the eccrine glands. When we experience a rise in temperature in our body, eccrine glands will produce sweat to regulate our body temperature. The sweat will evaporate from the skin, helping the body to cool.
Body odour differs from person to person.
Below are some reasons that might cause more obvious body odour:
- Diets with fatty foods, oils, or strong-smelling foods such as garlic, curry, and onions
- Excessive sweating
- Certain medical condition, e.g. diabetes
It is common to use a deodorant/antiperspirant to reduce our body odour.
However, is it an ideal solution?
Should I use a deodorant or antiperspirant?
We often worry if we do develop body odour when we perspire. Having this thought in mind, most people would rush to get hold of any deodorant or antiperspirant to “reduce” sweating or intense body odour.
The irony of this reaction – actually results in more darkening of the skin.
As we put down our arms most of the time, we clasped our arms next to our body. There is naturally a fold. This fold will become moist at most times. When applied with deodorant or antiperspirant, it will become more damp when the weather turns warm. As we sweat or perspire, the ECCRINE sweat glands will secrete droplets of water from the body which is more salty, to help maintain body temperature.
At this instance, with moist + sweat + deodorant/ antiperspirant, it will become a reaction to produce yellow stains on the shirt, discolouration and eventually dark stains where the Apocrine sweat glands are more active for some people.
At Devotion, our experienced therapists will provide you with professional advice and personalised treatment to tackle your skin issues.
Look at what our happy customer has to say:-
I have hereditary body odour problem so I get cautious whenever I perspire and always keep a perfume in my bag. I tried to use a deodorant for about a year and a new problem arose. My underarm started to darken! I could not wear sleeveless tops and were embarrassed to raise my arms in buses and MRT. Since then I lost confidence with my appearance and was troubled by this problem. By chance, I found Devotion online and thought ‘no harm trying’. I was impressed with the therapist’s professional explanations and saw improvements after first treatment. After 1 month of diligent home care maintenance, I realise that my underarm’s skin tone has lightened and the body odour is under control as well. No more deodorant needed for me! What a delight! Thank you Devotion.
Body Odour Solution can be simple with Devotion Beautique. Give us a call at 6732 2138 or email us at email@example.com for your personalised skincare solutions.