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A 22-year-old male asked:

Does scrubbing too much my armpits with soap make body odor worse ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Underarms: No necessarily but you can abraid tissues if too aggressive.
Dr. William Wilson
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Body odor: Shower at least once a day and scrub your extra-sweaty areas with a scent-free, antibacterial bath soap. Stay away from strongly scented soaps, which can make your armpit odor worse. Rubbing too hard can irritate the hair follicles and that can also increase the bacteria count and body odor.

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