r/AskMen Dec 01 '22

Deodorants and anti-perspirants aren't working, why?

Hey, fellows. I need some great help from you because I've been struggling with body odor after starting to work out. So for years, I was using a Nivea deo and it worked well until about 4 months ago when I finally started an active lifestyle. I started going to the gym 4-5 times a week and clean bulking. I got desirable results in my gym progress... however, that wasn't the case for my armpits. Somehow, whatever deo/antipers that I use, sweat would still get through and make me stink. I've tried Dove, Rexona, Axe, and currently Old Spice. Old Spice would hold up for a bit but the other 3 that I've tried were no help at all. My confidence has been taking a toll lately. Seriously, any and all help would be greatly appreciated, thanks all.

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u/Engineer-Daddy Dec 01 '22

Your deodorant is going to be decimated by your work out. You need to shower after your work out then re-apply.

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u/Puzzleheaded-Soup-36 Dec 01 '22

Go see a dermatologist. Certain-Dri does wonders as well and it’s available on Amazon

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u/kirylo-tur Male Dec 01 '22

Shave the hair.

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u/Mythnam Male Dec 01 '22

Go to the doctor.

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u/Engineer-Daddy Dec 01 '22

This reminds me of my time as a front office clerk, people would come in for things like "heavy breathing during exercise" and "very tired at night after work".

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u/Old-Passenger-9065 Dec 01 '22

You using white solid sticks? I get better results with those. Also I just plan on stinking when I workout. Shower afterwards and reapply deodorant and I'm good to go. Usually use Dove or Old Spice solid white antiperspirant and deodorant.

The gel or invisible solids don't last more than a couple hours for me.

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u/virtualchoirboy Male - 50's Dec 01 '22

Try putting on the antiperspirant at night before bed. Google "putting antiperspirant on at night" if you doubt.

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u/hellobiggots Dec 01 '22

What's your diet like? How often do you shower?

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u/Magnuxz Dec 01 '22

My diet consists of mostly rice, meat, eggs, and oats (I'm asian), but I eat veggies one meal a day. I try to get as much protein as I could. Right now, I shower atleast 2 times a day--once after breakfast and another before hitting the gym because that worked on reducing the smell.

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u/molten_dragon Dec 01 '22

You should be showring after the gym, not before. No amount of antiperspirant or deodorant is going to completely negate your BO after a good workout.

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u/Magnuxz Dec 01 '22

Ah yes, I forgot to add the other shower session after the gym. So actually, that's 3 showers a day with the after gym shower being the most intense. Anyway, thanks g, much appreciated

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u/hellobiggots Dec 01 '22

What spices do you use? None of that sounds unusual. You might just have a condition

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u/derpyderpystann Dec 01 '22

When you shower do you use a washcloth with some soap on to wash you armpits? It makes a big difference (the washcloth). And indeed, a white stick deodorant works better then the spray or wet roll on one's. I use one from sanex now but you have many different kinds. And do you smoke weed? Eat a lot of Indian spices? Do you eat a lot of onions or garlic? It tends to make your sweat smell worse.

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u/Magnuxz Dec 01 '22

Ah yes. Although quite contrary to what I've said, I'm actually a little hygiene-freak person, so I always use a loofah in each and every bath session. Rn I use Old Spice Fiji which is a white stick deo. No smoking and even alcohol for me. Onion and garlic intake is normal. Anyway thank you for the Sanex recommendation im checking it out.

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u/derpyderpystann Dec 02 '22

Did you try trimming you armpit hairs a bit? Good luck with your pits!

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u/derpyderpystann Dec 02 '22

Oh and it's normal to sweat and to be stinky during a workout. But you knew that already I guess

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u/Recondite_neophyte Dec 01 '22

I’ve been using ammonium alum (those crystal deodorants) since I was 24. Lasts for a couple days.

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u/Magnuxz Dec 01 '22

Oh, are there any side effects to that? Also since they're anti-perspirant substitute can I put on a deo after it so my pits have some smell as well?

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u/Recondite_neophyte Dec 01 '22

It’s not a antiperspirant substitute. It is a deodorant that forms a layer on your skin that inhibits bacteria growth = you don’t stink. It’s a healthy options as your body doesn’t absorb it, unlike traditional deodorants with chemicals. I personally do not have a problem becoming overly sweaty so I don’t have a need for an antiperspirant. They do make them scented and non scented.

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u/Romarium Dec 01 '22

Try eating less meat. Especially red meat

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u/DiamondDoge92 sup pup? Dec 01 '22

Use degree that works wonders

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u/Magnuxz Dec 01 '22

Oh I'll check that one. Never checked it because I thought it was a Rexona ripoff with the check logo. What scent or version do you recommend?

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u/DiamondDoge92 sup pup? Dec 01 '22

Degree advanced protection 48 hours even in triple digit summers I would never smell like pits 8 hours doing ironworking.

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u/Byizo Mail Dec 01 '22

If you're sweating while working out you're going to stink while you're sweating. A good antiperspirant deodorant can help, but you're not going to stop the smell entirely. Shower after exercise and wash clothing regularly.

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u/nocturnaltumenscence Dec 01 '22

1) shave ur pits

2) bathe (shower) with soap after a work out . Dry properly , apply anti perspiration, Deo and EDT. Wear fresh clothes

3) wear / change / wash undershirts everyday .

4) if you are taking a heavy protein diet , that may also be causing an issue, consult a doc and do a kidney test , if kidneys are damaged or overloaded , your skin may be excreting urea. ( very unlikely and I hope it is not this )

5) maybe it is just your manly-man man-smell .

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u/LostinLies1 Dec 01 '22

Speed Stick.

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u/somewhatnormalguy Dec 01 '22

Try adding an aftershave with a decent alcohol content. Bacteria doesn’t take long to build up on your skin if you are sweating.

Also try to drink enough water to keep your urine clear. A lot of the same waste can be secreted in your sweat.

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u/throwawayboi7715 Dec 01 '22

your diet has a huge impact on what you smell like and every seems to forget that if you fill your body with shit you’re going to smell like shit

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u/Outrageous-Proof4630 Dec 01 '22

Try Ban, it’s the only thing that works for me. At one point I bought one of every brand at the store to try…

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u/Key-Economics-3178 Dec 01 '22

Cus it's unatrual to use

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u/WrongIsland3691 Dec 01 '22

Women's deodorant, get a plain flavor and thank me later.