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Can toweling off after a bath or shower help with body odor?

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If your skin is dry, it's harder for bacteria that cause body odor to breed on it. So dry yourself completely after a bath or shower. Make sure you dry any areas where you sweat a lot.

SOURCES:

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University, New Orleans; spokeswoman, American Academy of Dermatology.

Eric Schweiger, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preventing Body Odor."

Dee Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, vice chairwoman, department of dermatology, St. Louis University School of Medicine; president, International Hyperhidrosis Society.

International Hyperhidrosis Society: "Ask the Expert."

Havlicek, J. October 2006. Chemical Senses,

Porter, R. , August 1986. Chemical Senses

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University, New Orleans; spokeswoman, American Academy of Dermatology.

Eric Schweiger, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preventing Body Odor."

Dee Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, vice chairwoman, department of dermatology, St. Louis University School of Medicine; president, International Hyperhidrosis Society.

International Hyperhidrosis Society: "Ask the Expert."

Havlicek, J. October 2006. Chemical Senses,

Porter, R. , August 1986. Chemical Senses

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 09, 2018

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