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Why You Should Always Use Deodorant

By Chidirim Ndeche 25 July 2017   |   7:00 am

Have you ever sat in a bus or a crowded place and then been forced to hold your breath for long stretches of time because someone’s underarms are sweaty and smelly? Did you find yourself wondering if that person ever used body sprays or deodorants?

The human body passes out waste through the skin pores as sweat. You sweat more in hotter climates and at warmed parts of your body, like the underarms and pubic region. Sweat isn’t inherently stinky. In fact, it’s nearly odorless. The stench comes from bacteria that break down one of two types of sweat on your skin.

A deodorant is applied to the body to prevent body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration in armpits, feet, and other areas of the body. Deodorants are often alcohol-based some antibacterial power to temporarily kill bacteria stop the stink before it starts. Deodorants may contain perfume fragrances or natural essential oils intended to mask the odor of perspiration.

Nigeria has a warmer climate than many other countries. The weather is even more humid in the large, congested cities like Lagos. Because of it, one tends to find oneself sweating profusely at different times of the day. Antiperspirants are a subgroup of deodorants which affect odor as well as prevent sweating by affecting sweat glands. Antiperspirants are typically applied to the underarms, while deodorants may also be used on feet and other areas in the form of body sprays. Antiperspirants don’t actually stop the sweating process; they attempt to stop or significantly reduce perspiration and thus reduce the moist climate in which bacteria thrive.

Using antiperspirants helps reduce the sweating, sweat patches on clothes and the odor that comes with accumulated sweat after a period of time. For the sake of yourself and those around you, you should use deodorant everyday. This keeps you smelling and feeling fresh.

*There is a popular myth that deodorant use is linked to breast cancer, but so far no such causal link has been substantiated in research.

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