Why does my sweat stink?

Sweat doesn’t smell like anything until it’s tainted by microorganisms living on your body. Your sweatier parts – your armpits and feet – offer a banquet for bacteria, which produce stinky micro-poop. Hence, B.O. – pee-yew!

Body odour mainly originates from the apocrine glands  in the armpits, which release a thick, oily sweat rich in proteins and lipids which bacteria on the skin feed on.

Body odour occurs during exercise and when we feel strong emotions, because these are the triggers for the apocrine gland to secrete sweat. The warm, damp conditions of the armpit are also a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in and create smelly odours.

Body odour begins during puberty. This is because the apocrine glands, which are involved in causing body odour, begin to function from puberty. As we age, our apocrine glands slow down in function, which means that elderly people tend to have less body odour.


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