Abstinence

Q&ACategory: QuestionsAbstinence
Leo asked 1 week ago
Hello Dr. Calleweart. I am Male age 24 with wet type earwax. Southeast Asian.   Will gradual abstinence of deodorant work in fully restoring a healthy underarm microbiome? I am planning to quit using deodorant alltogether but since I am always on the go, I only have a few days in a week to abstain from it. It\'s very difficult to be smelly while doing daily tasks in public setting so I have no choice but to keep using product to control odor. It\'s a vicious cycle.   For the past 6 months I have been maintaining 2-3 days abstinence each week. but I\'m planning to move up to 4-5 days, so-on and forth until I stop depending on product. I know this isn\'t an overnight thing but I am willing to do whatever it takes to have a long term solution.   By the way, I have been using fragrance-free natural deodorant and natural non-antibacterial mild soap, along with daily use of pure cotton shirts/undergarments for almost 2 years now and my armpits are in better shape than when I was using the big brand AP+Deo products and anti-bac soaps in the past.  I can actually go for 2-3 days without any product on before I start noticing a mild-moderate (close proximity) odor the next day. I also notice my B.O has a fruity, and slightly oniony smell. But I want to take this a step further. When I was using very antibacterial products, my armpits would smell so strongly after only a day of non-application.    Hoping for some insights soon and I really appreciate all the work you have done to help us Bromhidrosis sufferers. Please don\'t stop pursuing this endeavor.