Just like anything else with the human body, change takes time. Lucky for us, we are one of the most adaptive species on the planet. Many people who make the switch from strong antiperspirants to natural deodorants notice that they feel like they are not only sweating more, but actually stinking because of it. Well, I’m here to tell you that that is normal…at first!
If your body has been used to antiperspirants, your underarms have gotten used to the pores being shrunk and blocked as a way to prevent sweating. The issue with this is that your body is blocked from expelling toxins and bacteria. Instead they stay clogged up in your pores and can cause irritation. When you make the switch, your body will have to relearn how to sweat out that bacteria and for a short time this can cause discomfort or a slight odor. The good news is that I can help you get through this time! Here are 3 tips that you can use to help control sweat and odor while your body adjusts.
- Be sure to wash your armpits after sweating. When sweat comes in contact with bacteria, it begins to smell. The best and easiest way to combat this is to use a simple antibacterial soap. Be sure to look for one without fragrance because it will have a more concentrated cleanser versus one that is supplemented with fragrance particles.
- Opt for a deodorant with arrowroot powder or baking soda to help soak up a bit of that initial moisture and try a detoxing underarm scrub to clear out any stubborn antiperspirant that is clogging your pores. Another option that you could try is a clay underarm mask. This can help bring out any dirt or bacteria that has been trapped.
- Be open to the process- While it may seem inconvenient to make the switch at first, I promise your body will thank you in the long run!
Don’t worry though- this period only lasts about 2 weeks and after that your body will adjust.
Follow these tips to stop worrying about underarm sweat and get back to what really matters to you like playing on your sports team, working that hard shift, or enjoying a relaxing day under the sun!