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13 Useful Products for Slightly Embarrassing Problems You’ve Probably Experienced

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Apr 28, 2022

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We’ve all had our fair share of dealing with mildly embarrassing things — those things that we don’t really wanna shout from the rooftops. Like dandruff, uncomfortable bloating, and even some dreaded bad breath. Hey — life happens. And when it does, you’ll wanna look for relief (and treatments) fast. That’s where we’ve got you covered. We rounded up products that’ll help with those lil’ embarrassing problems you don’t really want anyone else to know about. No shame.

A toilet stool that can improve your bowel health…

Not the prettiest thought...but the height of this stool shifts the angle of your body while you’re on the toilet so you’ll be able to go more comfortably. Instead of sitting (like you do now), you’ll be in more of a squat position. So you can release more easily. Goodbye, straining and constipation. ($69, Tushy)

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A powerful blend of herbs that’ll relieve gas and bloating…

There’s nothing worse than being out and about with friends when you start feeling extremely uncomfortable. These capsules can be used after a big meal, when you have your period, or while traveling. You can take up to six a day, and should feel relief when it comes to gas, cramping, and bloating. It’s got a mix of natural ingredients like peppermint leaf, fennel, lemon balm, and caraway. Sigh of relief sold separately. ($22, Hilma)

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A before-you-go toilet spray to get rid of some nasty odors…

If you’ve ever been worried about the smell of your bathroom once you leave it, this spray is for you. It’s a great hack for roommates (or couples) who share a space. You just spritz the bowl before you go, and voilà. Odors are stopped in their tracks. And whatever happens in the bathroom stays a secret. Phew. ($10.30, Amazon)

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An anti-blister balm to use where needed…

Before you slip on newly purchased shoes or sandals that always rub, apply this balm to places that typically form a blister (hi, back of the heel). It’s got vitamins A and C to soften skin and restore moisture. It’s also vegan and made with plant-based ingredients. No more limping around or feet covered in bandages. ($8.99, Amazon)

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An odor-eliminating spray for pretty much everything…

We suggest using it on furniture if you have pets, or shoes if they smell a bit…icky. The mixture includes no harsh chemicals — only natural ingredients like pine, lime, clove, anise, and cedarwood. As added bonus points, the spray is nontoxic, and safe for your pets and kids too. ($7.99, Amazon)

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Sweat-blocking wipes for those looking to give their underarms a break...

The scoop: They're quick and painless to use. Before bed, make sure your armpits are clean before giving them a good wipe. Over time, you'll find yourself getting way less sweaty when out and about. Don't believe us? Try ’em out. ($19.99/10 pack, Amazon)

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A deodorant that’s got no aluminum…

But still provides major coverage. It’ll swipe on clear and actually works — one Skimm HQ’r raves about it. It’s got a light and rosy scent, plus it’s all-natural and powered completely by plants. It won’t leave your underarms sticky, is made for all skin types, and even has willow bark, oatmeal, and amino acids to keep your pits hydrated. No more sly smell checks in the middle of the day. PS: Check out more aluminum-free deodorants here. ($13.99, Target)

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A tongue scraper if your breath isn’t smelling too fresh…

Say hello to better oral hygiene. This tongue scraper helps you remove bacteria, otherwise known as that white layer you sometimes see sitting on your tongue. The U shape helps you reach every corner, while the anti-gagging ridge helps you clean toward the back without fear. Your breath will smell 10 times better, plus a cleaner tongue can be better for your taste buds. ($9.99/2 pack, Amazon)

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And a dentist-formulated oral rinse that targets bacteria…

It’s clinically proven to be effective for up to 24 hours. And thanks to the powerful ingredients, bad breath will be gone before you know it. It can also help decrease any bitter, sour, or metallic tastes in your mouth. If you’re really looking to upgrade your dental hygiene, check out our guide. ($15.34/2 pack, Amazon)

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A stain-remover stick for any happy accidents…

Enter: evidence of lunch before your first meeting back in the office. Thanks to this trusty pen, it’ll easily come out. Just press it in small circles on the stain and watch it fade away. No mess here. We recommend keeping one in your purse and one in your glove compartment. Talk about being prepared. Love to see it. ($9.69/3 pack, Amazon)

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And a wine stain remover if you drip a bit…

Oops. Now you can spray your shirt or couch with this, and blot away. It works on both new and old stains, without the use of peroxide, chlorine, or sulfates. It’s got a neutral pH formula that’ll lift the stain but won’t damage whatever fabric you spilled on. It works best if you can rinse the spot afterwards, though, so we suggest pushing up laundry day if ya can. ($10.28, Amazon)

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An anti-dandruff shampoo to control flaking and scaling…

It works via addressing the root cause: the fungus that causes the dandruff. It contains 1% ketoconazole, which is a powerful ingredient that’s clinically proven to fight scalp flaking. It’s also gentle enough to use on color-treated or chemically processed hair. For the best results, use twice a week. ($11.19, Amazon)

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A foot file that can remove dead skin and calluses…

It can be used on both wet and dry feet, helping your skin to feel much smoother and softer. The key is to not apply pressure while using, instead letting the tool work gently against your skin. We suggest focusing on a trouble area, like cracked heels. ($9.95, Amazon)

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