How to tell a friend they have Body Odor
What Causes B.O
Perspiration or sweat, is usualy blamed for odour, but the actual cause of body odour is dead skin cells and bacteria which is decomposing on your body, usualy under the arms or in the groin area. sweat just enhances the smell of them. sweat actually has no smell.
People who have body odour, don't have a clue about it, they cant smell it on their own body and go about their daily lives unaware of the unease that they are causing friends and colleagues.
Being a True Friend
If your best friend had a huge pimple on her nose that she hadn't noticed, would you tell her about it? Of course you would, you wouldn't let her go out in public without her knowing that the spot on her nose could erupt at any minute.
You would do the same if she had a dirty stain on her shirt, or even if there was a bit of fluff in her hair,
So why is it so difficult to tell a friend that she has body odour?
The answer is easy, you don't want to embarrass your friend, you don't want to hurt her and most of all you don't want to risk your friendship with her.
Treating Body Odour
There are a few ways to treat body odour,
You can deal with the bacteria that cause the odour and you can deal with the amount of sweat that you produce.
Wash daily with soap, ensure that you include under your armpits, your pubic region, rear end, under your arms, and your feet washing cuts down the amount of bacteria that cause the offending smell as well as removing the sweat that has built up on your skin.
buy some anti-persrirant and deodorant.
Anti-persrirants help to reduce the amount of sweat that you produce.
Deodorants, mask the smell with their perfumed fragrance.
shave your armpits. Armpit hair provides a greater surface area for sweat to adhere to and gives the bacteria a fertile breeding ground.
Never wear yesterday's clothes. However clean your body is, the clothes will retain the smell of yesterday's sweat.
You can get an antibacterial and antiseptic solution called chlorhexidine 0.05% solution from pharmacies. Applied daily, it significantly reduces the number of bacteria, although it has no effect on sweating itself.
How to Tell Him/Her That They Smell
Hey jimmy you are absolutely revolting, you smell like a pigs a..............is not a good way to tell someone that they have a personal hygene problem.
Use a little tact and tell the truth, but be sympathetic without being patronising, sounds difficult and it is, but you are this persons best friend and this friend needs to be told that they have B.O before someone starts spreading the news around and her life is made hell by the nasty snide comments.
tell your friend that you have noticed recently that she is sweating a lot, ask her if anything is wrong, sweating can be brought on by a lot of factors, stress, puberty, heat, hormonal changes and many others, it could be that your friend is having personal problems and she has stopped caring for herself properly.
Then delicately inform your friend that because of the sweating, she has a little body odour and some of your other mutual friends have noticed it too.
Explain that you didn't want to tell her but because she is your friend you felt you had to for her own benefit, that you don't want to hurt her and you don't want her to become a target of ridicule.
She might get angry and lash out at you but she will soon calm down and realise that you have been a good friend.
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