Most people choose laser hair removal for aesthetic reasons. But it can also serve a variety of other purposes, including reducing body odor. Body odor is considered unpleasant and unhygienic, despite many people’s genetic or dietary predisposition to it. Learn how body odor works and how laser hair removal can help prevent it.
Body odor is a smell that’s emitted from the body due to bacterial growth. The specific scent of body odor can vary from person to person, depending on their diet, genetics, gender, and overall health. If your diet is heavy in garlic, onion, cheese, or cumin, it can remain in your body and take the form of body odor up to 24 hours after eating them. Genetics also play a large role in body odor—some people are simply more prone to body odor than others. East Asians don’t have the same chemicals in their sweat as some other ancestral groups do, which some studies suggests make them less prone to body odor. In the animal world, body odor is used as a way to identify other. Dogs use their keen sense of smell to identify familiar animals and humans.
Since body odor is generally frowned upon, a large market for reducing and preventing body odor exists. Deodorants aim to cover the smell of body odor with synthetic scent, while antiperspirants lessen sweating. The problem with both deodorant and antiperspirant is that they don’t prevent body odor from occurring, they just help treat the smell once it’s already there. Also, deodorant and antiperspirant is usually created just for use on the underarm area, when sweating and body odor occurs all over the body.
Sweat itself doesn’t smell, but it creates a rich breeding ground for bacteria and micro-organisms that give off unpleasant odors as they multiply. Both sweat and bacteria are needed to create body odor. Thus, there are two ways to combat body odor: preventing sweat and preventing bacterial growth within sweat. Hair aids the body odor process by creating more surface area for the sweat and bacteria to stick to. Hair follicles also create apocrine sweat, which is denser than other types of sweat and is a therefore a prime spot for bacteria to grow. And since hair is generally harder to keep clean than the skin, so when bacteria and sweat accumulate in the hair, extra body odor can occur.
During the process of laser hair removal, the hair shaft is completely destroyed. Once it’s gone, sweat and bacteria can no longer stick to it. While deodorants and antiperspirants treat sweat and odor that’s already there, laser hair removal helps decrease the surface area for possible sweat and bacteria. It’s important to note that laser hair removal has no effect on the hair follicle, so sweating will not decrease due to eliminating the hair follicle or sweat glands. Laser hair removal does prevent body odor, but through the removal of the hair itself, not the sweat glands. To decrease sweating through the sweat glands, look into injectable Botox.
laser hair removal is useful in removing hair that can act as a breeding ground for unpleasant body odors. While it may be easy enough to remove hair on the face and underarms, other hairy areas aren’t so easy. Back hair and chest hair are known to cause body odor in men. If you’d like to further discuss laser hair removal with a laser hair removal specialist in your area, contact us today for a free consultation!