10 Personal Care Problems & Solutions

10 personal care problems & solutions

Personal Hygiene Affects Wellbeing

10 personal care problems & solutions look at different embarrassing issues relating to the body, oral and facial care, and how to resolve them.

Foot Odour

When the normal bacteria on your feet interact with moisture trapped in your socks and shoes, they emit stinky sulfurous byproducts.


For feet to be odour free, they need to be dry. It’s important to wear absorbent cotton socks with shoes made from airy materials, like canvas and leather. You can also shake some OTC drying powder into your shoes to keep moisture out.

Three days a week, preferable nights, soak your feet for five to ten minutes in a basin filled with a tea infusion. The tannic acid in tea briefly stops sweat production. However, it’s time to see your doctor to rule out any bacterial or fungal infection, if your feet have become red, swollen or scaly,

Bad Breath

10 personal care problems & solutions discuss a very personal worrying problem – bad breath. When the bacteria in your mouth have no access to oxygen it releases smelly sulfur compounds. This smell occurs when you use alcohol-based mouthwashes. Or swallow specific medication for depression or high blood pressure. Or shut your mouth for a long time. That is why garlic and onion make your breath stink because they contain some sulfur compounds.


Contrary to popular belief, a tongue scraper would not banish bad breath. This is because sulfur compounds cannot be removed manually. Instead, keep your mouth oxygenated by drinking water throughout the day. You can also use an OTC oral rinse with chlorine dioxide in the morning and evening to neutralize sulfur compounds.  If these solutions don’t work, then see your dentist.

10 personal care problems & solutions

Spider Veins

Trauma and pregnancy to the leg, like crashing into something, can bring on spider veins. It’s also generic. If your mum has it, you’ll probably get it.


Vitamin K is a good treatment for spider veins. Although it is still hard for the molecules in the cream to be absorbed into the veins. Another option is sclerotherapy, a tiny injection of saline solution that irritates and shuts veins. 95% of patients see improvement after one to three treatments.

10 personal care problems & solutions

Bumps on Buttocks and Arms

Bumps on the buttocks and back of the arms are called keratosis pilaris. The cause is not known though some claim it’s a hereditary complaint.


You can soften and peel off bumps by rubbing them with a mixture of equal parts petroleum jelly and either water or cold cream. If that doesn’t solve it, Retin-A probably will. A better alternative is LactiCare-HC Lotion 2.5%. This lotion contains lactic acid to dissolve dead skin cells, as well as hydrocortisone to soothe any acid-induced irritation. Rub lotion onto bumps twice a day until they peel off.

10 personal care problems & solutions

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is actually an athlete’s foot. This fungus is frequently picked up from showers or borrowed footwear that spread into your toenails. It deserves a place in the 10 personal care problems & solutions because of its annoying recurrence and high pass-on rate.


An anti-fungal pill like Lamisil or Sporanox is effective but the treatment is only 70 to 80% effective. In cases where they work, it takes nearly 18 months for the toenail to grow out completely. You can prevent a recurrence by wearing shower slippers every time you rinse off at the gym and by not borrowing footwear.

Stained Teeth

The main causes of stained teeth are smoking and excessive consumption of dark beverages. For example, coffee, tea, red wine, and soda.


You can lighten your teeth several shades with whitening toothpaste that contains carbamide peroxide. But use it only once a day to avoid drying out gum tissue. Try Rembrandt Plus with Peroxide, or Pearl Drops, or Denivit tooth whitening toothpaste. Floss treated with the whitening agent silica has also been proven to polish away stains between teeth. Try Johnson & Johnson Reach Whitening Floss.

10 personal care problems & solutions

Stretch Marks

The marks on your tummy, thighs or hips may have been caused by pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. However, the hormonal changes that occur during the normal growth process can also cause your skin to stretch and scar. This means that stretch marks are not peculiar to women. Men have them too.


 You can make stretch marks less noticeable. Try twice-daily applications of OTC Striae Stretch Mark Crème. Alternatively, ask your doctor about laser therapy. This can tone down the brightness of recently acquired red marks. Or microdermabrasion, which can reduce the look of white or dark marks.

Excess Facial Hair

The cause of excess facial hair could be polycystic ovarian syndrome. A disorder characterised by high levels of male hormones, or an adrenal gland problem. However, if your facial hair is moderate, you can manage it by tidying your brows or upper-lip area once a month.


Vaniqa, an odourless prescription cream reduces light to heavy hair growth on the face. What Vaniqa does is block one of the enzymes responsible for hair growth, and slow it down. It can reduce considerably hair growth for months with continuous use, and permanently if used for a year.

Excessive Shiny Face

A hormonal imbalance could be the problem. Or your skin is just oversensitive to your male hormones which can trigger the production of excess oil.  


Your best bet is to regulate oil without over-drying your skin. Wash your face in the morning with an oil-free lotion cleanser. Then rub on an alcohol-free toner. Mop up shiny spots throughout the day with blotting papers. Repeat your morning routine before bed. If you continue to shine, ask your dermatologists about Retin-A Micro. This is less irritating than regular Retin-A. This prescription cream was created to treat acne but has also been proven effective against oiliness.

Hand Warts

The human papillomavirus is responsible for warts. To get them if you are both genetically disposed and in close contact with an infected person.


With a clean nail file, gently slough off the top layers of your warts daily to remove dead skin. Do not use this nail file for anything but wart removal. Then rub on OTC Occlusal HP which is highly concentrated salicylic acid to dissolve warts.

If warts remain after several months, consult your dermatologist about other remedies. These may include laser therapy and liquid nitrogen treatments. Despite treatment, however, warts can come back. Be careful when engaging in sexual activity. Although it’s unlikely that hand warts can spread to your genitals or your partner’s. 


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