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What is the relationship between body odor and skin health?

Body odor is caused by bacteria and yeast that live on the skin. As the bacteria and yeast break down the proteins in your sweat, an odor is produced. Some simple skincare and hygiene steps, such as washing once or twice daily with water and mild soap, can help remove the bacteria that are causing the smell. Washing clothing often, using antiperspirant, and shaving armpits can also help. Sometimes, though, body odor does not go away with these steps. Persistent body odor may be caused by excessive sweating or other medical conditions that require treatment, so talk to your doctor if you're concerned.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the reasons people develop body odor is excessive sweating, which can also cause skin problems. Sweat is broken down by bacteria on the skin. This process gives off the unpleasant smell commonly known as body odor. Chronic heavy sweating can also cause patches of skin to turn white and wrinkly, and to crack. People who perspire heavily are often also more likely to develop skin problems such as itchiness and inflammation. If you can't control perspiration, talk to a doctor.

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