That stinky armpit smell? It’s not you, it’s your microbiome

It’s not you who smells terrible; it’s your armpit bacteria. The Corynebacterium species of bacteria eat sweat molecules and metabolise them into volatile fatty acids (VFAs) and thioalcohols, the two kinds of compounds that give armpit odour its distinct smell. Because of this, scientists are trying to attack BO from a different angle: reducing the harmful bacteria. One of these treatments is armpit microbiome transplants, where a person’s armpit bacteria are killed and replaced with bacteria from a person with less smelly armpits. Read full article here


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