Reestablish Your Loyalty to Antiperspirants Guys should be looking for an antiperspirant since deodorants only reduce odor-causing bacteria and do not reduce perspiration (which itself causes more odor), Dr. Khorasani says. If a typical antiperspirant is not benefitting a patient, I recommend a stronger over-the-counter antiperspirant such as Certain Dri, Gillette Clinical, or Secret Clinical Strength. These have a higher concentration of aluminum compounds typically. Apply it in the morning, and again before bed to clog the sweat glands while you sleepwhile theyre less activeand cannot be washed away by sweat immediately when you apply it. Dr. Khorasani adds that some of these sweat-preventing deodorants contain silica or propylene glycol, which can irritate the skin. He also notes that any such products with fragrance can increase the odds of a rash. Try these: Mitchum for Men Roll-On Antiperspirant and Deodorant ($6, Buy It Here ) Certain Dri Extra Strength Clinical for Excessive Perspiration (From $15, Buy It Here ) Gillette Clinical Strength Deodorant and Antiperspirant ($10, Buy It Here ) Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Sensitive Skin, Unscented ($10, Buy It Here ) Getty
Focus on Four Body Parts This one's a no-brainer but that doesn't make it any less important. Dr. Khorasani points to four sections of your body that most actively lead to odor: the armpits, groin, feet, and scalp. The first twothe armpits and groinhouse the majority of the bodys apocrine glands.
These glands are responsible for most of the odorous sweat on the body, and are activated during puberty. You can minimize the odor in these parts by showering daily, and immediately following any intense sweating. Try: Right Guard Total Defense Deodorizing Soap ($22, Buy It Here ). Wash your feet every day, too: They dont possess the same power to generate odor on their own, but when they dwell inside your socks and shoes (a dark, damp environment, if ever there was one), its a recipe for fungus and bacteria and can lead to a pungent bite. You can minimize the threat of odor and oddities with a foot cream or powder, says Dr. Khorasani. Try: Dove Men+Care Unscented Face and Body Wash for Sensitive Skin ($6, Buy It Here ). Finally, dandruff can also lead to additional odor: All that dead skin starts to rot on your scalp and produces a subtle funk. A simple deployment of dandruff-fighting shampoo and gentle styling products will remedy the problem. (Learn more about stopping dandruff, and the best products to keep the scalp healthy.) Getty
Trim Excess Body Hair Getting rid of that extra hair can help minimize perspirationespecially in the armpits and groin. These areas can remain moist all day, largely because your hair is creating a dark, poorly ventilated nesting ground. Similarly, wearing looser clothing will also help reduce trapped sweat, says Dr. Khorasani. Try: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series ($14, Buy It Here ). Getty