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How to Get Rid of Belly Roll Odor

author image Lillian Downey
How to Get Rid of Belly Roll Odor
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It's a common misconception that all overweight people have offending body odor. Odor can occur on anyone, in any place where skin folds together to make a pocket, like the underarms, under the breasts and in between belly rolls. This odor isn't usually caused by poor hygiene, although it can be. Usually it's the result of odor-causing bacteria that naturally live on our skin and mix with sweat. If you find your belly rolls are the source of displeasing odor, you can make a few changes to keep smelling fresh.

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Step 1

Clean skin with a mild soap and water at the start of your day to wash away any sweat and bacteria that accumulated overnight.

Step 2

Apply an antiperspirant on areas where you typically have the most sweating. Antiperspirants block pores and reduce or stop sweat. This will give the odor-causing bacteria less sweat to accumulate in.

Step 3

Apply deodorants instead of antiperspirants if you'd like to prevent odor-causing bacteria without blocking sweat.

Step 4

Wear natural fibers that allow air flow to your skin. Choose cottons and other lightweight fibers to allow air to evaporate some of your sweat and keep you drier.

Step 5

Use cotton swabs to clean sweat and bacteria from your belly button and to add a small amount of antiperspirant or deodorant. The belly button is an often neglected area that creates an ideal home for sweat and bacteria.

Step 6

Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages and spicy foods, as they increase perspiration, notes MedlinePlus.

Step 7

Freshen up throughout the day if you feel your body odor efforts wearing off. Slip off to the bathroom to wipe sweaty areas with a damp towel or moist cotton swab. Reapply deodorants or antiperspirants.

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