Body Odour Problems? Blame your Deodorant

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 19, 2014

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Body Odour ReasonsIs body odour wrecking havoc on your personality? Well, the most probable cause could be your antiperspirants. A new study has suggested that antiperspirants can change the bacteria present in the armpit area and can make you smell even worse.

In the research that was conducted at the University of Ghent in Belgium eight people were asked by the researchers to stop using deodorants or antiperspirants for a period of one month.

Another subject who was not regular with the use of deodorant was asked to use it for a month. The duration of one month was chosen because it takes approximately 28 days for a new layer of skin to develop.

The bacteria of the armpit were tested for each subject at the beginning and the end of the month. According to the results, each armpit had been altered.

It was found by the researchers that the use of antiperspirants increased the Actinobacteria which is the bad type of armpit bacteria. These bacteria are responsible for giving birth to unpleasant armpit odour.

The lead author of this study Chris Callewaert told that it is the aluminum compound found in the antiperspirants that can block the pores and prevent them from sweating. In this process, the good bacteria are killed and the bad bacteria, Actinobacteria dominates.

This study also found that the deodorants which do not have these sweat blocking compounds can actually decrease the foul smelling Actinobacteria.

The study has been published in the journal Archives of Dermatological Research.

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