(NaturalPath) According to a study out of North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Central University, Rutgers University and Duke University, wearing antiperspirant or deodorant substantially changes the microbial life that lives on you. Everybody wants to smell good and most people wear deodorant and/or antiperspirant to achieve that goal. However, that decision has an impact that not many think about.
The study is preliminary as the sample size included only 17 participants of both men and women that were split up into those who used antiperspirant, deodorant or neither. The experiment lasted eight days and the individuals’ armpits were swabbed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The researchers explained, “On day one, participants followed their normal hygiene routine in regard to deodorant or antiperspirant use. In days two through six, participants did not use any deodorant or antiperspirant. In days seven and eight, all participants used antiperspirant.”
“Using antiperspirant and deodorant completely rearranges the microbial ecosystem of your skin – what’s living on us and in what amounts,” one researcher said. “And we have no idea what effect, if any, that has on our skin and on our health. Is it beneficial? Is it detrimental? We really don’t know at this point. Those are questions that we’re potentially interested in exploring.”
For more specific information read the full study.
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