I started to panic, because not only was I sweating so, so much more than usual—but I straight up stank. So much so that I felt genuinely bad for the girl on the Megaformer next to me. And the worst part was knowing that since I didn’t have time to shower before heading into the office, the B.O. that had already taken hold would still somehow manage to peak through for the rest of the day, no matter how much Secret Clinical Strength ($12) I swiped under my pits. Woof.
Finding myself in this
sticky stinky situation, I had to know: Is there anything you can do to get rid of B.O. after you’ve forgotten to put on deodorant? Having been in this situation before (…more times than I would like to publicly admit on the Internet), I can confirm that the solution of “wipe your armpits with a tissue, apply some D.O. and hope for the best” just won’t cut it. So I decided to ask the pros WTF to do so that my poor coworkers didn’t have to suffer with the scent of me all day long (you’re welcome, Rachel).
First, it’s important to understand why just slapping on some deodorant won’t fix the issue of odor once the damage is already done. “Deodorant is essentially a masking fragrance, and does nothing to stop bacterial growth or sweat production,” says Austin-based dermatologist Dr. Ted Lain. “The body odor is related to bacteria by-products, so with no masking fragrance, this odor is unleashed.”
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