July 27, 2021

In Corriere Salute: sweat is “only” a matter of bacteria


Responsibility for the unpleasant scents of Staphylococcus hominis, which produces thioalcohol. Deodorants able to block them without interfering with the balance of the skin are being studied. It is talked about in the Corriere Salute on newsstands for free with the Corriere della Sera on Thursday 22 July

We are publishing a preview of part of an article in the new Corriere Salute. You can read the full text on the free issue on newsstands Thursday 22 July or in Pdf on the Digital Edition of Corriere della Sera.

The heat increases and we inevitably sweat more, spreading not exactly floral scents. However, sweat itself would not have any odor, it becomes unpleasant because it is food for the bacteria that live on our skin, especially in the armpits and in the area of ​​the genitals where there are many apocrine glands, associated with hair, which produce richer sweat. of fatty organic substances and which evaporates less, being little in contact with the air. A feast for bacteria and, as Gavin Thomas of the University of York in England discovered, there is a species that has more responsibility than all the others, Staphylococcus hominis: it produces thioalcohols, compounds with one of the most pungent odors. in nature, thanks to an enzyme that breaks down a harmless odorless molecule making it become a chemical bomb. According to Thomas, the discovery could lead to super-effective deodorants, which by blocking the enzyme in question prevent only the most malodorous bacteria from producing unseemly odors, without touching the many germs useful for the physiological balance of the skin.

You can continue reading the article on the Health Courier on newsstands for free on Thursday 22 July or in Pdf on the Digital Edition of Corriere della Sera.

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