Antiperspirants May Alter Your Armpit Bacteria—But For Better Or Worse?

August 14, 2014 4:38 PM

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Antiperspirants May Alter Your Armpit Bacteria—But For Better Or Worse?

It's enough to make you break out in a cold sweat: a provocative new study suggests that the antiperspirants we use to keep from smelling bad could theoretically make us smell worse.

According to the small-scale study, antiperspirants and deodorants alike can alter the community of bacteria living in your armpits -- and antiperspirants may cause this personal "microbiome" to produce more odoriferous compounds.

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