Using a deodorant or antiperspirant is no longer just a fad, but it has become almost an item of daily use today.
If we go by a latest research published in PeerJ journal, deodorants kill the natural bacteria of the armpit although its effect on human health is an avenue for further study.
A team of researchers led by Julie Horvath, the chief of the genomics and microbiology research laboratory at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, examined a group of men and women some of whom used antiperspirant, deodorant for eight days while some did not.
They found that those who used deodorant or antiperspirant had few natural microbes. The antiperspirant and deodorant rearranged the microbial ecosystem of the skin completely, said the study.
Researchers from North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Central University, Rutgers University and Duke University had collaborated on this study.
The armpit is a common site for pathogenic MRSA infections especially in athletes. However the researchers could not identify which of these taxa are being favoured with product use.
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.