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B.O. No! What's that Smell?

B.O. (body odor) is a big side effect of puberty and if you don't take proper care of it, it can be an unpleasant smell... not just for you, but also for the people that surround you. Puberty can be difficult to deal with and it's important to be educated about what to do so you don't create unnecessary anxiety.


When puberty starts, your sweat glands become active and you will start to perspire more in the following areas:


  • Hand Palms
  • Underarms
  • Genitals
  • Feet

Imagine this… It's the lunch break and you've just being playing basketball in the gymnasium for the last 20 minutes. Then the bell rings. You have 5 minutes to get to your next class, which is English, and the special someone you like is going to be sitting right in front of you. As you approach the class, you notice a rotten smell. It's following you… wait… it's you. Now what are you going to do? If you worry about it, it's only going to get worse as stress also makes you sweat.


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Here are some daily tips that you can use to avoid running into some embarrassing situations:


  • Wash your body everyday and after playing sports
  • Wear clean clothes and bring a change of clothes for after playing sports
  • Don't let deodorants and anti-perspirants be substitutes for soap
  • Wear different shoes everyday
  • Keep your shoes and feet clean and dry
  • Use natural fibers like cotton socks and leather/canvas shoes

The main thing is to relax and not worry. If you understand that everyone goes through puberty and gets body odor, you will be able to avoid stress, which also can cause your body odor to get worse. Stress can also cause more acne to break out, it can prevent your immune system from fighting common colds and sicknesses, and there are also more serious illnesses that may occur from too much stress.


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bffeaea
bffeaea posted in Friends:
I don't know you and I'm not exactly sure how you act, but being friendly is definitely the way to go. Don't change yourself for ANYBODY. Especially someone who you don't need to impress. Speaking of impressing, don't try, do. If you are telling a story and that happens to impress them than that's great! But don't go out of your way to try to make yourself look awesome because I'm sure you already are. Be yourself. But the most important thug now you can do is not try to make a million friends. Because personally I would rather have one AWESOME friend than a million ok friends. I hope this helped. :)
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HoneyHamstern
HoneyHamstern posted in Friends:
Be yourself and most important of all, be kind. You will get great friends by doing so. Being popular doesn't always mean being nice; sometimes people tend to be rude and bossy to be "popular" and that isn't good. But if you participate or even start a group at school, at the library or somewhere important in the community (community service like the Rotary Club is a good way to start for kids and teens) can be a great way to meet friends and share your happiness.
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esthery27
"f3rr3tgal" wrote:dear dish-it,        I absolutely love my family but... my dad has these headaches  where if they are really bad i can not say anything right he will get really mad. i don't know what to do i really hate being yelled at by my  dad and i love him soo much !!!! what do i do?  [s:sm3/1jvp]                                                       thanks,                                                            f3rr3tgal Tell him that you love him and you understand he's suffering but you really don't like it when he yells at you. You can write a note or a card to him. I'm sure he'll understand. And of course if needed see a doctor so that he'll know what to do to deal with those headaches.
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esthery27
esthery27 posted in Friends:
You won't want to be, it's exhausting. Just be happy the way you are and don't care about what others think or say about you.
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GiddyUpGecko
GiddyUpGecko posted in Friends:
What if you just aren't populr, and you want to be???  :(
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