We’ve all fallen prey to the odd pair of stinky shoes but, for some guys, the pungent perfume of perspiration is a more persistent problem (try saying that quickly!). Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the secretion itself that smells. It is the combination of bacteria breeding on the surface of the skin along with the nutrient-rich sweat from the apocrine glands that produces a distinctive odour.
The cause behind excessive sweating – and the stench that comes with it – isn’t as simple as bad hygiene. Technically known as hyperhidrosis, the reasons for body odour run the gamut from an overactive thyroid to obesity while stimulants like coffee can have an impact on the actual smell of your sweat. So if over-the-counter products and regular showering aren’t shifting your personal smell, you might have to seek help from a specialist.
In 99% of cases, however, an anti-perspirant can fight body odour effectively. NIVEA MEN’s Silver Protect Deodorant uses active Silver Ions to kill bacteria, eliminating the possibility of body odour in the first place. No sweat.