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Why can cars drive themselves and billionaires take fun rides through space, but we’re still figuring out how to deal with BO? Feels unfair, TBH.

Fortunately, there is hope. Not only is the deodorant industry in the midst of a full-blown renaissance with new innovations in sweat-stopping technology, but board-certified dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky, MD, FAAD (known as @dermguru on TikTok) recently brought a different type of solution to our attention that has been here all along. And it’s so simple and affordable, we can’t believe we haven’t thought of it before.

@dermguru #stitch with @christina nicole💚 Who knew BP can help BO? #benzoylperoxide #hygeinehacks #bodyodor #skinhacks #footodor #dermguru #dermtok #panoxyl #buttacne #backne ♬ original sound – Dr. Lindsey, MD

Enter: PanOxyl Foaming Cleanser ($9). You may already be familiar with the under $10 face wash, as it has long been a favorite for treating acne. But as we learned from Dr. Z, his star ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, is also ultra-effective at keeping body odor at bay.

Benzoyl peroxide’s claim to fame is its ability to kill bacteria. Plus, it also offers light exfoliating benefits, meaning it can remove dead skin cells that trap dirt, grime, and bacteria under your skin. While this is helpful for stopping breakouts (because, as you probably know, bacteria can cause acne), it’s also great for keeping it from stinking up. On its own, sweat is actually odourless: it only starts to smell when it mixes with bacteria on your skin. So by using a formula that kills that bacteria, like PanOxyl does, you’ll be able to stay cool as a daisy even after the most intense training class or 90-degree day.

“Antibacterial agents like benzoyl peroxide target the odor-causing bacteria that live in our armpits,” Dr. Zubritsky tells Well+Good. “By incorporating benzoyl peroxide into your hygiene routine, you can effectively reduce body odor.” And yes, he recommends the same product for foot odor, which is great news as we head into boot season.

So, this foamy formula not only prevents breakouts from head to toe (including butt and butt), it can also keep you from smelling like hot garbage, and who doesn’t love a double-duty product? Dr. Zubritsky is a fan of PanOxyl’s full-strength option (which has a 10 percent concentration of benzoyl peroxide), but if he needs a milder solution, there’s also a 4 percent version.

For best results, cleanse your underarms with PanOxyl Try cleansing your underarms with PanOxyl in the shower and let it sit for 30 seconds before rinsing. Then you might discover that you are a natural deodorant wearer after all.

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