Tell me about your armpit cleansing routine...

(75 Posts)
MoreSmellyPits Sun 06-Oct-13 22:00:07

please blush.

I shower once a day, I use antiperspirant, I wear virtually exclusively cotton.

My BO is terrible, even coming out of the shower and drying myself I can smell it.
I know it is bacteria that make sweat actually smeall, so is there anything else I can do? Is my skin itself smelly??

Any advice greatly appreciated.
sadblush

headinhands Sun 06-Oct-13 22:03:46

I'd be thinking about a trip to my GP if it was as you have described yours. Are you in general good health?

Gatekeeper Sun 06-Oct-13 22:04:18

try washing with an antibacterial handwash soap, or hibiscrub which is excellent and available easily from chemists.

GoofyIsACow Sun 06-Oct-13 22:04:29

Mitchum is amazing, i will never use anything else from now until forever!
Check it isnt impregnated in armpits of clothes (even when freshly washed i mean)

MirandaWest Sun 06-Oct-13 22:05:41

My routine is to wash my armpits with soap before showering and then to use an anti perspirant. Before I realised this I think I smelt more than I realised blush.

I also asked my boyfriend who said he finds a deodorant with Triclosan in it helps. He also thinks that ones like Mitchum don't necessarily help.

eurochick Sun 06-Oct-13 22:05:46

Do you keep your armpits shaved/waxed? The hair can trap sweat/bacteria.

GoofyIsACow Sun 06-Oct-13 22:05:55

Also i was paranoid about this and found it was my towels which smelled funky but i couldnt smell it (even with full nose in it) until i was freshly showered.

Gatekeeper Sun 06-Oct-13 22:05:55

is it just your armpits or do your feet, genitals, scalp smell unpleasant as well?

Do you drink much water or eat fruit/veg?

MoreSmellyPits Sun 06-Oct-13 22:06:53

Oh, replies, thank you all!

I am in perfect health, no skin problems otherwise.
I've thought about antibacterial scrubs, but have not dared thinking they might be too much like paint-stripper grin

Mitchums, eh?

MoreSmellyPits Sun 06-Oct-13 22:09:15

Ah, no, I probably don't drink enough water, good point.

Towels are ok.
Nobody else in the house smells.
None of the rest of me smells <<small mercies>>

It's just my armpits and I smell as if I had not washed for days immediately after the shower.

I think antibacs might be the answer, even just for a while...

MoreSmellyPits Sun 06-Oct-13 22:10:23

And I forgot, yes, I wax from time to time (have v little underam hair anyway, but keep it tidy)

LegoCaltrops Sun 06-Oct-13 22:10:54

Have you tried adding some Napisan to the detergent to wash your clothes? The bacteria can survive washing unless it's a hot wash, but Napisan could help? Obviously, don't put your clothes in a hot wash unless you want to shrink/ruin them all!

I can't offer any other tips but it sounds like you have a decent cleansing routine going & it's not working, so I'd speak to the doctor if I were you.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 06-Oct-13 22:12:43

You need to see your GP if you have body odour that can't be washed away. Something isn't right.

adagio Sun 06-Oct-13 22:13:54

If I was you I would boil wash the towels for good measure.

Personally, I epilate once or twice a week - been doing that for years so almost no hair each time; and scrubby glove with sanex wash. I do find some of the cheapy shower gels don't seem to cut the mustard, and imperial leather and radox are all fragrance no cleaning power, but that is just my opinion.

I often forget deodorant (in my defence I am on mat leave, I never forget when going out but for around the house its a bit hit or miss) and I don't think I smell and DH says I never smell even on no deo days.

DH uses Driclor sometimes - you put it on straight after shower in the night and basically don't sweat for the next 48 hours. He tells me you must only use it straight after a shower, as if you put it on even an hour later and have sweated even a tiny bit it stings like a bugger. The dance when he found this out was amusing!

adagio Sun 06-Oct-13 22:14:45

oh but do get checked at GP - could be a hormone problem

RunFatGirlRun Sun 06-Oct-13 22:16:09

No personal experience here - I'm oddly unsweaty - but I'm told Botox is the thing for this. Paralysis the sweat glands or something - don't quote me on how it works but it's def. worth investigating.

RunFatGirlRun Sun 06-Oct-13 22:16:55

Here you go - random bit of info on Botox and sweating.

Marking place...

MoreSmellyPits Sun 06-Oct-13 22:23:57

Thanks again.

I've used Driclor in the past - it's great for the wetness of sweatting, but doesn't do much abou the smell IYKWIM.

No, botox for me, no siree, too scared!

My periods are regular as clockwork, so not sure about hormones out of whak? hmm

Ok, I think I'll try the antibac idea for a week or two and see.

Goldmandra Sun 06-Oct-13 22:28:54

You can also get the antibacterial effect by using hand gel as soon as you get out of the shower. You can use deodorant too after it has evaporated.

My DD has just started to use hand gel because I'd rather she didn't use deodorant aged ten but need something. It works well.

Trunkcall Sun 06-Oct-13 22:49:57

Weirdly enough I've started to pong less since using one of those 'natural' (=completely ineffective) salt deodorants. I used that really strong Sure cream stuff for a while but got a bit worried about its nuclear nature, so switched to the natural stuff. You do still sweat but it's less pongy.

ThenAgain Sun 06-Oct-13 22:53:40

Could it be you're not getting off the residue from your deodorant and that's trapping the smell. Does it feel kind of dry when you wash, that's how you can tell. I found that worse when using a stick or spray, but a roll on instead for a few days sorts it.

racmun Sun 06-Oct-13 22:54:17

I also find that exfoliating my pits with Sanex is really good.

It will be the bacteria on your skin making it smell do you need to get rid, try hibiscrub or antibac soap and exfoliate with that.

Just soaping in the shower won't work.

bettybleep Sun 06-Oct-13 23:51:42

There are metabolic conditions which cause sufferers to smell, even if they are perfectly clean. The best known one is trimethylaminuria, which is controlled by a low protein diet. Do you eat lots of eggs, meat etc..?

VenusDeWillendorf Mon 07-Oct-13 00:03:12

Washing with soap in the shower and then using a shower gel as well may work.
Smells build up in armpit hair, so shaving is a good way to stop this.

Use a anti bacterial hand gel, alcohol based after your shower, and after a few mins DRY your pits very very well, or use the hairdryer before you put on any deodorant.

Cut down the amount of sulphites in your diet, including dry fruit, wine, processed meats like salami and onions and garlic.

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