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Bacteria Need Food and Water to Survive

Bacteria need water and a food source to survive. Your skin has two types of sweat glands: eccrine glands and apocrine glands.  While sweat from eccrine glands can result in odor, apocrine glands are more highly linked to odor problems.

Sweat from eccrine glands is composed of mostly salt and water, however, sweat from apocrine contains a fatty substance which is a perfect food source for odor causing bacteria. Apocrine glands are found in high concentrations in the underarms and genital area as well.



Photo: Corynebacterium diphtheriae.