Body odour is the perceived unpleasant smell our bodies can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids. Some say it is the smell of bacteria growing on the body, but it is actually the result of bacteria breaking down protein into certain acids. It is also known as B.O., bromhidrosis, osmidrosis, or ozochrotia. Body odour is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is largely linked to the apocrine glands. Most body odour comes from these.
A body odour problem can usually be managed by getting rid of excess skin bacteria – which are responsible for the smell – and keeping the skin in the affected area (usually the armpits) clean and dry. Wash daily with warm water, have a shower or bath at least once a day. Remember that warm water helps kill off bacteria that are present on your skin. If the weather is exceptionally hot, consider bathing more often than once a day.