Bad smells

Bad smells are a common problem in adults and young people. You will find this is something you become more aware of your body changes during puberty.

Body odour occurs when your body smells, usually a stale sweat smell that focuses around your armpits, feet or private parts and some people can also suffer from bad breath.

Body Odour

Everybody sweats – it’s the body’s way of making sure that we don’t overheat. Your body has over 3 million sweat glands so you need to take some steps to make sure you smell fresh.

It’s worth remembering that it’s bacteria that smells and not you.

Body odour is caused by lots of tiny bacteria which live off the grease and dead skin that come out of your glands. Your sweat does not smell of anything, but when it mixes with the bacteria it causes the smell.

If you suffer from body odour the best thing to do is wash regularly, change into clean clothes and think about what you are eating. Foods such as garlic, curry and cheese can be difficult to digest and can cause body odour. Clothes made out of natural fabrics do help as they allow your skin to breathe easier and reduce the amount you sweat.

Use deodorants, antiperspirants and body sprays – try a variety as some work better for other people than others. There are natural deodorants that sometimes work more effectively for young people.

If none of these things help, think about going to see your doctor who might be able to help you.

If you suffer from smelly feet, make sure you only wear cotton socks and that you wash your feet regularly. Always allow your shoes time to air. You can also buy foot deodorants and insoles to help keep your feet fresh.

Bad Breath

Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by not brushing your teeth and gums regularly or by eating food that doesn’t digest quickly in your body.

Make sure you floss between your teeth to remove those last bits of food left in between your teeth, drink lots of water and brush your teeth after every meal.

Think about what you’re eating – garlic, dairy, or spicy foods can also cause your breath to smell. If you are still having problems visit your doctor or dentist for advice

Remember everyone sweats and has bad breath – you just need to know how to manage it by keeping as clean as possible by washing, brushing and flossing!


Who can help?

You can take a look at the Teenage Health Freak website, which will give you lots if useful information and advice. can try and help you to deal with any health problems that worry you and that are difficult for you to discuss with anyone.

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