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It's not like I hate those roll on things, they just make my pits itchy at about 8 hours later regardless of what I use. And I sometimes work from 9am to 12 midnight without a proper break, so a shower mid-shift would be out of the question.

Also, even in the morning when I take a shower and rigorously rub my pits with soap, the smell is still there. Gets worst when I don't fan-dry myself properly as soon as possible.

asked Oct 03 '11 at 09:19

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Billy Aoki

They make a spray on kind as well. Never used it but my brother has. Seems to work for him.

answered Oct 03 '11 at 09:29

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Steven Hibbs

Those never really worked for me, only the roll on type did. Except the delayed side-effect/allergy reaction annoys me.

(Oct 03 '11 at 10:21) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

Then I'd say you need to see a dermatologist right away.

(Oct 03 '11 at 10:23) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

Step one EXERCISE. the cause of the smell is probably fat deposits. it's literally formed out of adipose tissue or known as fat under your armpit. so before you take a bath, bath yourself with sweat / perspiration by weight lifting or any exercise for the arm. that'd remove the "juice"

Step 2. use Deodorant. yep, there's no other way around. you don't need to buy a very fragrant deodorant. but you'll need an alluminum based one. the spray won't work as its composition is only fragrance and alcohol. you need aluminum. be sure to find the right brand for you, cause other brands will make your underpit dark. while aluminum should actually make it whiter.

step 3. check your soap. I use safeguard. but I don't know what's good for you, we have different skins and thus different products I cannot recommend a brand.

the itch is due to the incompatibility of you and the roll on, have you tried all of them? if so maybe you're allergic and I don't know how to fix that except to drink anti-histamines. (but beware cause anti-histamines could knock you to sleep.)

Step4. consult your dermatologist if you want a more expert advise

answered Oct 03 '11 at 10:14

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Weight lifting...I do that a lot at work. So much that my arm strength has almost tripled after almost 6 months of working there.

Aluminum based deodorant, got it.

I use those dettol blocks of soap, since it's the most effective against the pit smell but the odor is still mostly there. There was a certain brand I used to use but I forgot what brand it was and where to find it, and it was the only one keeping the stink in check.

I've tried a handful of them, they all make my pits itch about 8 hours later. It was ok when I was still studying, but now I'm working full-time plus overtime, having an itch or two under my pits can get a little dangerous when I'm carrying huge ass furniture over my head.

I'll try to get an appointment with a doc soon, in the meanwhile my colleagues have to put up with the smell as a form of revenge for having me carry all the heavier stuff by myself. :P

(Oct 03 '11 at 10:44) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

hm. you got a break somewhere in your sched? try to clean your armpit in between. it will remove the Previous deo, and then apply another one. ( a big hassle i know :( but maybe worth a try. )

when I'm at home during weekends I exercise w/o deo. no one will smell it anyways. hahahha then I bath..

the deo works as anti perspirant. so the rest of your body sweats but your armpit doesn't - that being said., the juice is kinda stocked cause it's always trapped and stopped.

try to sweat out w/o deo if you have time just to squeeze them out. i'm not really scientific sure about this, but it's the way I keep mine. and its working ever since.

and I forgot., AVOID SPICY FOODS / SPICE-RICH FOODS ESP ONIONS. experience wise, it helps. and a LOT.

answered Oct 03 '11 at 11:06

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I kinda laughed at the spicy/spiced foods thingy. I work with a lot of Indians sometimes, and they smell so bad that my nose decides to shut down temporarily.

Probably around 15 minutes of lunch time, then I get back to work. I don't really like sitting around doing nothing. :(

(Oct 03 '11 at 11:44) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image

doing nothing? just clean up your armpit man, reapply the deo, that's it. try to take a tablet of anti-histamine by the 7th hour, see if it'd work. be sure to take just a tiny tiny one. it's an over the counter drug anyways.

indians oh indians,.. they stink in our place too. so i thought, maybe it also in the genes. but yes, avoid spices my friend. :)

(Oct 03 '11 at 14:41) xedric14 xedric14's gravatar image

I'm no doctor, but.

You could try something like pitroc that allows you to sweat but supposedly stops you smelling. My parents use it and swear by it, but I use 0% alcohol underarm deodorant as I found the alcohol based ones made me sore/itchy.

There is probably a chemical imbalance somewhere and seeing a doctor would be my best advice.


This article at least explains why we all stink so you can at least ask your doctor if there is an imbalance.

This article gives some remedies that may or may not work for you. The lime juice and deodorant mix seems to have worked for people in the comments thread.


answered Oct 03 '11 at 15:32

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You could try trimming or shaving off your armpit hair. Hair, especially when wet, can cause bad smells.

answered Oct 04 '11 at 01:07

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Try making a mixture of baking soda and salt with a small amount of water. Roughly 20 parts baking soda, 1 parts salt, 3 parts water. Stir it into a paste. Apply before bathing. Bathe pits furiously. Apply mixture again after bathing. Wipe away after three to five minutes, apply wipe-on women's Secret unscented. That's right, Secret. It's the only thing that's worked for me since I was 16 years old. Anything else wears off quickly or ends up contributing to the stink.

The baking soda will absorb the grease, oil and bio-matter that cause the smell. The salt opens your pours and allows the baking soda to do it's job better. Eventually you will only need to apply it before bathing. The women's Secret is an extremely powerful deodorant and antiperspirant but has no perfume or cologne and is intended to be gentle.

Also, get a soap like dial or lever2000 that has no perfume of fragrance and most importantly, no lotion, conditioner or moisturizing oils. If you only use it on your armpits that's fine, you can keep your favorite soap for everywhere else. You want to clean your pits and leave nothing behind.

I am not a doctor, if you're having any related health issues see a doctor immediately. I learned this in highschool over 10 years ago from my wrestling coach, and still do it occasionally because I continue to suffer (well, my girlfriend continues to suffer) outrageous bouts of pit-stench. Be sure to remove the baking soda/ salt mixture thoroughly, it can cause a rash if not. Good luck. Hope you get results.

answered Oct 04 '11 at 04:53

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edited Oct 04 '11 at 05:09

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