Why Antiperspirants May Be The Pits

Girl applying stick deodorant in armpit.

ANTIPERSPIRANTS - A GOOD OR BAD THING?

Nobody wants to smell bad, and Americans are particularly obsessed with products that take away our natural odors. Antiperspirants go a step further, actually blocking perspiration from happening. That's why we rely on it so heavily during...say...a big presentation at work or a speech to the United Nations. But as it's cutting off your sweat, it's also altering your bacterial makeup.

BACTERIA ARE US

We naturally have bacteria and other microbes all over our bodies, and in our armpits. The ones that make us turn up our noses are corynebacteria. And you'll also find staph there. They may not smell like roses, but they serve an important purpose. They protect our bodies from harmful bacteria by crowding out invaders and working in concert with our immune system to "teach" it how to perform. And yes, there are beneficial varieties of staph...not just the kind that turn flesh-eating.