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Better way to tackle body odour found: Experts

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Health Desk-- 4th July, 2018: Experts claim that a better way to tackle body odour (BO) has been found.

They said that the key is understanding how skin bacteria create the smell from virtually odourless armpit sweat.

Two teams, at the Universities of York and Oxford, say they have now deciphered the first step in this molecular process.

It could pave the way for a new generation of deodorants designed to block this unpleasant chain of events, the journal eLife reports.

Deodorant uses perfume to mask the smell, plus ethanol or an antibacterial agent to kill the bacteria.

Antiperspirants typically contain aluminium chloride, which reduces the amount of sweat released by temporarily plugging the skin pores that lead to the sweat glands.

Co-author Dr Gavin Thomas, from the Department of Biology at the University of York, said: "Modern deodorants act a bit like a nuclear bomb in our underarms, inhibiting or killing many of the bacteria present in order to prevent BO.


Courtesy: BBC Health