Nobody wants to be a smelly person, so in an effort to prevent odor, more than 90% of adolescents and adults in the US, use some type of deodorant or antiperspirant to manage their body odor.
In fact, a recent study indicated that approximately 78% of people do not need a deodorant, but use one anyway.
Sweat itself does not smell.
We might think otherwise because most part we smell when we sweat a lot, but in reality, the armpit bacteria that make us smell that way.
These bacteria break down lipids and amino acids found in the sweat (not smelly) and turn it into substances that have a distinct smell that we call body odor.
Governing approaches to solving our problem of body odor have been growing in recent decades, along with our increasingly robust hygiene routines.
Two methods of combating body odor prevailing in the market: kill bacteria through a standard deodorant (containing ingredients such as triclosan), or block the sweat glands and kill bacteria (through an antiperspirant containing ingredients such as aluminum).
However, the medical community has begun to reveal some potentially frightening side effects that come with such extensive use of deodorants and antiperspirants.
The other research from the academic community is a deeper understanding of the microbiome, the bacterial community that exists in our body.
Some even call it the most recent organ system due to the great impact that is proving to have on our health.
In fact, this research could completely change the way we approach something like body odor.