4 Reasons You Stink—And How To Fix Them
Cologne and gum can only cover up so much stank. Here’s how to solve your biggest odor problems—from funky-smelling hair to monstrous morning breath.
Problem: You’re plagued by underarm body odor…at all times.
Solution: The fix here? It may be as simple as changing up your daily shower routine. First, use a deep-cleansing and exfoliating two-in-one body wash, like Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, then follow that up with an aluminum or zinc-based deodorant that will fend off odor-causing bacteria. Eric Schweiger, M.D., a dermatolgist at NYC-based Schweiger Dermatology suggests trying an over-the-counter, clinical strength product, like Degree Men Clinical+ Antiperspirant & Deodorant, first. If that doesn’t work, talk to your doc about switching to a prescription-strength option, like Drysol.
Problem: Your hair and scalp has a funky scent, even though you just washed it.
Solution: The cause here is likely a harmless bacteria found in the scalp—and chances are your head’s not getting a stringent enough shampooing to wipe it out, says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist in Smithtown, New York. So make sure you’re lathering—not just rinsing—and if you’re using a rich shampoo with plant and vegetable oils for conditioning purposes, switch to a clarifying shampoo that contains sulfur, zinc or tar, like CLEAR Men Scalp Therapy 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Daily Shampoo & Conditioner. “These ingredients help to soak up the extra oil, eliminating odor and leaving a cleaner, fresher feel,” says Peredo. For a squeaky-clean, odor-free scalp, Peredo also suggests you skip conditioner or (for all the longer-locked dudes out there) use it only on the very ends of your hair.