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Controlling body smells

Sweating is normal, especially if you're hot or nervous or anxious. It can actually be good for you, because it will help your body cool down if it needs to. If you're worried that your sweat is stinky, or that people might notice, there are some easy fixes:

confused girl at pubertTake a shower
Puberty is a great time to develop a great personal hygiene skill. Shower regularly with soap and dry yourself well. If you are home, wear loose clothing to keep cool. Change your under wears (under vests) and socks everyday if possible. Keep your feet dry and air your shoes after wearing them.

Clean clothes
Your clothes absorb some of your body smells and stinking sweat because they are in direct contact with your skin. If you live in a hot country, there is a higher chance that the sharp smell of sweat can stay on your body even after you bath. It is therefore important that you get them washed often. Your under wears also need changing more often than ever before. When your clothes are clean, you feel better and more relaxed to take control of other things.

Try deodorant
Next time you're at the drug store or supermarket, ask a parent to buy you some deodorant. Deodorant comes in many forms: solid stick, roll-on, gel, spray, and so on. It is a good way to cover up the smell of sweat. You usually apply it under your arms, where you sweat the most. It isn't always necessary for everyone to use deodorant, but it can help you feel confident if you think your sweat is a little smelly.

If you think that you sweat A LOT (big wet spots that show up on your shirt, etc.), you can try using antiperspirant. This is a kind of deodorant that has a special ingredient to block some of your sweat. Many products these days have both deodorants and antiperspirants. Don't use too much, or use it too often, though. Remember: sweating is a good thing. It keeps you cool and healthy.

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