Dear Hope: I Smell
I play a lot of sports and I’ve noticed I smell. No matter how much I shower I smell. I wear deodorant, but it doesn’t help. My friends don’t smell why do I smell. I smell like a boy. What can I do?
– Stink Monster
Dear Stink Monster,
Having a stronger odor is normal; many people experience this. Look for products that say “clinical strength” and that are an antiperspirant/deodorant mix. Antiperspirants help to block sweat and deodorants help with the odor. Make sure you read the directions because some of the clinical strength ones recommend applying at bedtime. At night, when people perspire less, more of the antiperspirants’ active ingredient is pulled into the sweat ducts. That signals the sweat glands to reduce or stop perspiration. The effect lasts 24 hours or possibly longer, even after morning showering. Using an antiperspirant/deodorant mix, you can also reapply in the morning if you want. Secret has some great clinical strength options to try. This should help, but if you don’t see any improvement go to the doctor to have it checked out.