A bunch of years ago, I decided to use a deodorant instead of an antiperspirant.  In my brain, “antiperspirant” means some chemical is designed to STOP a natural process – sweating.

Where does the sweat go if aluminum-chloride plugs my underarm pores?

So, I slather on deodorant, or “smell good” of some kind.

sweatIt looks like a small study “published in the Archives of Dermatological Research suggests antiperspirants actually increase the levels of the odorous bacteria populating the armpit.”  According to the Washington Post of August 13, “Antiperspirants may actually make you smell worse.”

“A lot of bacteria reside (in your armpit). In fact, there are more bacteria in your armpits than there are humans on this planet. So you should never feel alone.”

“This smell can be masked with deodorant. Or the sweat can be stopped with antiperspirants that contain an aluminum-based compound, which temporarily plugs sweat ducts.”

“The study says the “long-term use” of antiperspirants “can lead toward altered odor production of the armpit.”

I guess the aristocrats back in the day didn’t use deodorants – or take many baths, for that matter.

Me, I don’t like to stink.




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