How to fight body-odour? – This question is on a lot of people’s minds, again and again. An entire multi-billion industry and thousands of jobs depend on promising people effective remedies against sweat and body-odour. Sweat stains and smells are generally considered to be disagreeable.
Hence the sensation caused by the recent headlines about a US chemical engineer: “I have not taken a shower in twelve years”. Even if this may cause some to hold their noses: from the perspective of a healthy skin flora, protected by a large number of healthy bacteria, Mr. Whitlock acted quite correctly.
As we have already written elsewhere on this website “healthy bacteria”, some bacteria such as Nitrosomonas eutropha subsist on, among others, sweat components and may provide a positive impact for a healthy skin. In addition, bacterial diversity on the skin also plays a key role in strengthening and maintaining the natural protection our skin offers.
Not washing or showering and using a spray to eliminate possible body odour is undoubtedly an extreme way of taking care of your skin. Bodywash or skincare products based on healthy bacteria, however, are no longer a thing of a distant future. The market for these bacteria-based body care products is only going to grow over the coming years.
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