Causes of Facial Odor and What You Can Do About It

Having body odor is embarrassing, I know. But if you’ve observed that the smell is just coming from your face, you may be a bit worried because it’s not much of a common occurrence. What’s more, we consider our faces to be one of our best assets and we try our best to keep it healthy looking its best. If you’re experiencing facial odor, don’t fret. I’m here to help you get to the bottom of this dilemma and give you some tips to prevent it. Facial odor may not be as common as body odor, but both of them stem from a couple of factors.

While bromhidrosis or body odor is mainly caused by sweat and bacteria, a stinky face can be a result of different habits. Read on to find out which habits may be triggering the pungent smell.


It goes without saying that smoking is bad for our health. For our skin, it can lead to damaging effects. Aside from premature aging and pore congestion, smoking causes our skin to stink. There’s this thing called cigarette residue which sits on your skin and clothes every time you or a nearby smoker inhales and exhales smoke.  Yes, even if you’re not a smoker yourself, you can get facial odor from smokers around you. 

While smoking should be avoided, it’s understandably not that easy to remove from your life at the drop of a hat. If you want to fully kick the habit, take advantage of the American Cancer Society’s smoking cessation programs.

Whatever the case, you should use a gentle cleanser such as OIN’s Hemp + Aloe Cleanser to help restore and rebalance your face’s pH levels.

Hair Problem

What if the smell is not coming from your face, but it’s from your hair instead? It’s fairly easy to make that mistake because your face and your hair are obviously close to each other. Wash your hair and hair accessories regularly and see if there’s any improvement with the smell. Check your scrunchies, clips, headbands, and even your pillowcases if it’s time to wash them up. Try switching up your hair products as well.


Ever heard of the phrase, “You are what you eat”? If you are experiencing facial odor, it’s possible that it’s coming from the food you eat. Certain foods have Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s that cause odor to seep through your pores through sweat. Some foods like garlic, broccoli, onions, fish, and even alcohol may be causing the smell. Observe how your body reacts whenever you ingest certain foods to help you determine which ones you need to lay off of.

Can other people smell my face?

Like how it goes with body odor and bad breath, people who are in close proximity to you may be able to smell your face’s odor. This is why it’s important to keep your personal hygiene in check. A complete facial routine with the right products is a must. 

If you’re stumped at which skincare products to use, take our Skin Type Quiz to get personalized recommendations. 

What can I do about my facial odor?

Consistency is key. To help keep the smell at bay, do your skincare routine on a daily basis. Wash your face with the Hemp + Aloe cleanser to maintain a clean skin and keep your habits in check to determine which of them may be triggering the smell. 

If following a skincare routine and monitoring your habits is not yielding any results, your facial odor may be an underlying cause of a medical condition. Seek help from your doctor and get the appropriate treatment you need.