Why do teenagers smell like road kill?
SO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH YOUR TEENAGER?
Being a teenager is hard and living with one can be too. One of the unpleasant side effects of growing up can be body odour that could kill a small animal.
There’s a lot going on for adolescents as they hit puberty. We have a huge brain which needs remodelling in that turbulent decade of neural growing pains. For teenagers, this extended adolescence period is longer than any animal. So, saddle up for the ride.
NOT ALL HORMONES ARE A DRAG
Teenage hormones tend to cop the blame for all the unpleasant side effects of adolescence. But hormones are also responsible for a lot of the good stuff including metabolism, keeping the heart beating and the body hydrated. They also help grow organs, bone, muscle and skin. Having said that, it is good to know that it is not just sex hormones and mood swings that are driving the changes in teenagers. The teen years are really driven by the development of a stronger, faster, more sophisticated brain. It’s worth it in the long run.
THE KICKER WHEN IT COMES TO TEENAGE BO
The first hormonal storm kicks in before the end of primary school when adrenal glands start cranking out androgens which trigger the growth and activity of the skin’s sebaceous gland. This gland makes the skin more oily and on top of that, more sweat glands are activated.
The bacteria that naturally live on healthy skin goes to town breaking down the extra oils and this creates nasty smelling acids which cause next level teenage body odour. In a nutshell, bacteria break down the oils and the by-product of this is a foul stench that can hit you like an uppercut.
WELL, WHAT’S NORMAL?
The good news is that full-on horrific body odour is completely normal in teenagers. High school teachers, we salute you. The rest of us have no idea how you survive your day, working with stinky teenagers. The even better news is that teenage body odour and foot odour is treatable without chemical warfare in your teenager’s armpits and feet.
You may think that the simple solution would be to prevent sweating, but you don’t want to do this. Sweat is what excretes toxins and regulates your body’s temperature and nobody wants to overheat. Sweat on its own is odourless so there’s no point in preventing it. Instead, you need to kill the bacteria to stop the stench. Most common deodorants and antiperspirants do not do this. Deodorants just mask the odour while antiperspirants actually help to create a richer environment for odour-causing bacteria. Antiperspirants use aluminium salts to clog pores and stop the natural function of sweating that our bodies need to cool down and get rid of toxins in the body. For this reason, Switzerland has banned the use of aluminium salts in antiperspirants due to health concerns relating to breast cancer and concerns with Alzheimer’s disease.
There is a light at the end of this funky-smelling tunnel if you, or someone you know, have teenagers that smell like roadkill.
Blue Mountains locals, Peter and Kara Schaffler, were after a solution for a certain someone with an absolute killer B.O, when they found Lavilin: a herbal-based, aluminium free deodorant that targets bacteria, killing the pong of BO and leaving you smelling fresh for days. With 2 teenage boys in the family, Lavilin has been a Godsend. The boys last for 6 and 5 days with no BO and they no longer have to deal with the stench of a teenager’s bedroom, shoes that could wipe out a village or have them trying to cover up their BO with unhealthy overpowering sprays.
THE LAVILIN STORY
Lavilin deodorant cream was developed for army troops in World War II for soldiers in close quarters working up a BO storm. After the war, the inventor perfected the formula and began his own company. It has been rigorously tested and stood the test of time over decades on the international market. However only now is Lavilin available locally to Australians.
It is aluminium and alcohol-free with no harsh chemicals. It is a clinically proven multi-award-winning long-lasting deodorant. This waterproof wonder cream keeps the nasty bacteria away while nourishing skin with gentle herbal ingredients for up to 7 days straight. Yes, even through showers, swims and working out!
Lavilin’s subtle fragrance disappears soon after the first application and it works to kill off body odour for up to a week without applying each day. For this reason, Lavilin is also preferred by teenagers and young adults with sensory issues as well as their parents. Less touching, less fragrance and less body odour. When the paste is applied to the armpits after a warm shower in the evening, it gives Lavilin time to sink in and work its magic. By the morning, any fragrance is gone and you have a BO-free teenager to live with.
THE MAMMOTH MISSION
Since finding this cure which has revolutionised Peter and Kara’s family’s body odour, they don’t want Aussies to miss out on this amazing stuff. Life for teenagers is tough enough with what is going on in their bodies. Controlling the BO bacteria that are wreaking havoc in your teenagers’ life leaves them feeling confident rather than feeling like unloved smelly plonkers in the corner. Click here to visit the shop and see the Lavilin products that are available to help make your teenager never smell again. Happy days.