What is bad foot odor?

Bad foot odor is an unpleasant situation caused by an excessive growth of bacterial colonies that destroy the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis. This layer of skin is made up of lamellae, which contain keratin proteins rich in sulfur, chemically enhanced with bacteria. The breakdown of the skin releases foul-smelling sulfur compounds which can, in some cases, lead to the maceration and erosion of the skin. The resulting bad smell then tends to permeate the surrounding areas.

What are the causes of foot odor?

Bad foot odor comes from the proliferation of bacterial colonies. However, the following factors can significantly affect the intensity of the odor:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stagnant moisture in the feet

How to treat bad foot odor

Even in the case of frequent washing, it is probable that the smell will remain. In fact, excessively washing feet can worsen the situation, as continuous washing generates greater moisture in the feet. Consequently, bacterial colonies increase and contribute to the production of an unpleasant odor again.

In order to reduce unpleasant foot odor:

  • Wash feet with MOST’s Eudermic Cleansing Base every morning
  • Thoroughly dry the skin
  • Apply Astringent Gel and massage until absorbed

Astringent Gel has anti-sweat and anti-bacterial properties, meaning that the foot remains dry after application. This prevents the proliferation of bacteria and unpleasant odors developing.

Avoid the use of perfumed sprays as these can contribute to unpleasant odors when mixed with malodorous agents.

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