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KatieCakes
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From:Boston & South Attleboro, MA, USA
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posted May 20, 2005 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KatieCakes   Click Here to Email KatieCakes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello All,
I haven't been around much lately..I've still been reading up but I haven't posted in a long time. So, I have a question. I don't sweat(like most of you) and so I rarely use deodorant and when I do its usually just because I like the smell ( ) but I have always noticed that I have a slight smell under my arms. I know its most likely because the skin is thicker but I really don't like it..especially as a teenage girl. i scrub under my arms everyday with a pumice stone (which can hurt!) and I put non-smelling lotion under there to loosen the skin and I use deodorant...and still there it is. The deodorant doesn't cover the smell it just mixes with it. Have any of you experienced this and do you have any suggestions as to how to get rid of it and/or make the skin thinner under there,

Thanks guys!

<3,
Katie

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Chelle
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posted May 23, 2005 07:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chelle   Click Here to Email Chelle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found Dove deoderant to be very helpful with the skin in that area. I tried other deoderants, but they made the skin there worse--very thick and even brittle. But since the Dove has moisturizer in it, it's helped a lot, and it smells nice. :-)

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immystique
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posted May 23, 2005 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for immystique   Click Here to Email immystique     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the smell comes not from sweat, but bacteria that is caught & "doing it's bacterial thing" under the scales in your armpits. Have you tried shaving? Only instead of using a shaving cream or gel, use a sugar scrub (you can make one by adding sugar to your shower gel). Sugar Scrubs work great for shaving legs, too-really helps get the skin off with the hair!

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immystique
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posted May 23, 2005 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for immystique   Click Here to Email immystique     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also forgot to mention, wash your underarms with antibacterial scrubs & maybe hold off the sugar until you get the smell under control-don't wanna be giving the bacteria something more to feed on!

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Mel
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posted May 27, 2005 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mel   Click Here to Email Mel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have this problem, and was also told by my dermatologist about it being 'bacterial' and its not just my armpits that I get this smell. I get it on my arms on the creases on the inside of my elbows too, it can be particularly strong there sometimes not very pleasant for me personally and it's usually worse when my skin is going through its thickening stage or in hot weather.

Mel

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Rosalie
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posted May 28, 2005 06:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rosalie   Click Here to Email Rosalie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I have "The smell" it's also mainly in the inside of my elbows where the skin is thick and the bacteria can do "their thing". In my case the only thing that helps now and then is putting on a perfume (containing alcohol) after getting my bath, but before I put my parraffin/vaselin on. This way the alcohol gets "trapped in" with the bacteria and the perfume gives it a nice smell. My derm thinks this is a pretty agressive solution and he prescribed a chlorinhexidin(?) creme, but I don't like the "hospital smell" and prefere my perfume...!

And yes...it stings!

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pauline5
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posted June 12, 2005 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pauline5   Click Here to Email pauline5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Katie,

I am still unsure of whether I sweat or not...I know that sounds silly, but I must sweat as my underarms go really soft, and white when I have overheated...

I used to wear underarm roll-ons, but I felt that they were making the scale build up even more...and this seems to have been validated by someone else in this topic...

So...I don't use them anymore as they cause me to get boils also...

SOOOO NOW...I just put talcum powder under my arms, and it works the best...by drying out any moisture, and prevent odor...the only problem is that after I have used it for a few days running, my underarms crack open, and that is really painful hurts to stretch arm up over head...

And yes the perfumes only mix in with the smells and make it worse...

I envy you for being able to go backpacking around the world...I wouldn't last one single day...

Pauline.

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Glori
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posted June 28, 2005 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glori   Click Here to Email Glori     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might also try using Betadine when you shower. I HAVE to clean my razor (even a new one) with Betadine every single time I shave under my arms or I end up with a kind of form of staph infection under my arms.
Betadine will help kill the bacteria and might improve things.

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