Feeling Frustrated? Understanding the Causes of Lingering Post-Shower Odors

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It’s safe to say many of us do what is necessary to avoid odor breakthrough throughout the day: maintaining a personal hygiene routine that includes showering in the mornings. However, what should you do if you notice a faint odor from your armpits, even after you shower?

It’s a much more common problem than you may think, so if this sounds familiar, what should you do? In this blog, I will explain why this could happen and what you can do about it.

We must first look at our sweat glands to understand how body odor arises. On the body, there are two types of sweat glands:

They are situated all throughout your body and open straight onto your skin. When your body temperature rises, they produce fluids that evaporate and aid in cooling. These fluids are often odorless.

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They are present in regions with hair, such as your armpit and groin. When you are anxious, these glands emit a milky fluid that is odorless until it comes into touch with microorganisms.

Hair is especially prone to bacterial growth, so guys tend to smell even after bathing. To put it another way,  Persistent germs produce lasting underarm odor.

Odor After A Shower Is Due To Lingering Bacteria

Most individuals do not pay enough attention to their armpits in the shower, allowing germs to accumulate. In addition to germs, there is typically deodorant residue and other contaminants trapped in the underarm pores and hair if you have armpit hair.
So, the key to eradicating body odor is to combat the bacteria development in our armpits with a good armpit cleaning practice that includes antibacterial soap.

How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Eliminate Odors

A study by Middlesex University tested different bacteria strains in Petri dishes with apple cider vinegar and cultured them at 37 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. They proved that apple cider vinegar reduced bacterial growth and eliminated bacteria such as E. coli, C. albicans (which includes corynebacteria), and S. aureus. This implies that apple cider vinegar makes it difficult for germs to develop and removes smells.

You may also note that apple cider vinegar has a distinct aroma caused by acetic acid. Acetic acid and other organic acids are found to be responsible for killing bacteria by passing through the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing them.


Eliminate that lingering underarm odor using these two methods: 

 1. Directly onto a cotton ball 

Dilute apple cider vinegar with water, apply the solution directly onto a cotton ball and rub it for 30 seconds into each underarm area after you shower. 

 2. An antibacterial soap  If you prefer to use it in a more convenient form,  try using an antibacterial soap. The Takumi detox® underarm bar that I created actually has this ingredient. The key is to massage this into your underarm for 30 seconds to ensure that your underarms are “squeaky” clean. As this really ensures it leaves a barrier so bacteria cannot survive.

Regardless of which method you prefer, apply the solution to each of your armpits for 30 seconds to fully eradicate odor-causing germs. If you keep underarm hair, ensure you rub it into the skin because of body hair. 

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