Boy 1: Fishy, is the word i’d use maybe
Holly Oaks actor 1: Musky
Boy 2: Maybe Oniony
Hollyoaks Actress: Beef Curry
Boy 3: Just disgusting
Girl 1: I’d just go into a boy’s changing room
Hollyoaks Actress 2: I’d actually want to get my perfume out and go spraying noise.
Dr Dawn: As you get into your teens you may notice that you and your friends start to smell. And I’m not talking nice smells! I’m talking body odour.
That’s because during puberty it’s not just the outside of your body that changes. Under the skin your body starts to develop sweat glands.
Sweating is normal.On average, we lose over a litre of sweat every day.
Our body produces sweat to cool itself down – which is why we sweat more when it’s hot or during exercise.
Fresh sweat doesn’t smell but when left on the skin it gets broken down by bacteria and develops the characteristic smell of BO.
Boy 3: As I’ve got older I’ve noticed that i’m sweating a lot more
Boy 4: When i was 12 my parents and my friends started telling me that i smelt. I thought they were joking but when i found out that it was true i felt really embarrassed.
Hollyoaks Actress 2: I can honestly say no i’ve never ever ever suffered with body odour. I must be very lucky, i don’t perspire a lot, that’s because i’m lazy and don’t do any exercise.
Dr Dawn No-one wants to smell and a bit of attention to personal hygiene is all that is needed.
Washing twice a day with a pH balanced soap, especially under the arms and genital areas will remove stale sweat.
Don’t forget – sweat can seep into clothes as well as hang about on the skin, so wear clean clothes and change your underwear and socks every day.
As well as keeping clean you can also buy deodorants or antiperspirants to help combat body odour.
Deodorants work by killing bacteria and masking underarms smells with a fragrance.
Antiperspirants are designed to prevent the sweat developing in the first place.
DONíT think these sprays are INSTEAD of washing.
You can’t cover up a smell that’s already there ñ bacteria will feast on your old sweat and the new sweat you add on top.
There is a reason why teachers tell you to shower after PE!
Boy 5: Old sweat smells a lot different to new sweat…
Boy 2: Yeah
Boy 5: If you know what i mean, If you leave your sweaty gym kit in your room for ages, it’s going to really hum.
Boy 6: In school i had PE and i came home and my mum was saying ‘what’s that smell’ and it was me so i’ve learnt that i’ve got to start washing more.
Dr Dawn: Everyone’s sweat smells differently and some people will sweat more than others. Sweating during exercise doesn’t mean you’re unfit. It’s an essential function of the body. Sweating does NOT mean you have bad hygiene.It doesn’t mean you’re dirty.
But if you feel your antiperspirant or deodorant isn’t working or you’re sweating when you’re just sitting still and not even warm – you may be suffering from excessive sweating, a condition called hyperhidrosis. Only one percent of the population has this, and it commonly affects the armpits, face, palms and soles of the feet. I have met people who have to carry spare clothes with them wherever they go because they sweat so much.
If this sounds like you, talk to your pharmacist about a Chlorexidine solution which will help reduce bacteria and an aluminium based antiperspirant which you can buy without prescription. But if you find these over-the-counter treatments aren’t doing the trick go to your GP; there are other treatments available so don’t give up hope.
Am I Normal: Body Odour
Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is and isn’t normal when it comes to body odour. As your body develops sweat glands, body odour can become a serious issue, but there are simple and practical steps to help alleviate the problem. Includes discussion with teens from across the country and the cast of Hollyoaks.
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