Researchers at the University of York in England are now revealing a new discovery: They’ve traced the source of underarm odor to a particular enzyme in a certain microbe that lives in the human armpit, according to The Guardian. “We’ve discovered how the odor is produced,” said professor Gavin Thomas, a senior microbiologist on the research team. “What we really want to understand now is why.
New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD says there are two important conclusions that can be drawn out from this finding. “The first is that we can decrease the amount of Cys-Gly-3M3SH compound released from the sweat glands by using botulinum neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin to relax the muscle that is responsible for sweat excretion.
According to the researchers’ study published in the journal Scientific Reports, our bodies do not produce pungent B. O. directly, but rather it’s released as a byproduct called thioalcohols, which is created when microbes eat other chemical compounds they find on our skin.
After numerous tests, the team found that one species of bacteria found in our armpits, Staphylococcus hominis, was a major contributor to B. O. —most microbes on our skin aren’t even capable of producing thioalcohols.