In particular, Dr. Del Campo recommends the antibacterial ingredient benzoyl peroxide, because it's typically well-tolerated and effective. Don't overdo it with the use of harsh body washes, though. "When specifically targeting body odor, I am commonly asked about 'scrubbing away' the odor or using drying agents such as alpha hydroxy acids. These may not make the odor worse, but they are not a targeted approach and can actually cause significant irritation in such sensitive areas such as the underarms and groin," Dr. Del Campo explains.
In addition to bathing regularly, Dr. Del Campo suggests using antiperspirants, which help prevent odor by minimizing sweating, and wearing breathable clothing. "Odor when stuck in synthetic fabrics can be amplified so choosing light, breathable cotton clothing is best. Sweat wicking [materials like Dri-Fit] can also be helpful."
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