I want to express to you my gratitude.

Q&ACategory: QuestionsI want to express to you my gratitude.
Wakipe asked 1 year ago
Dear Dr. Armpit, 
I’m a Japanese woman. I am a severe body odor. The population of Japanese Axillary odor is few, so I’m in trouble. I had the shearing method twice. But It recurred. Body order does not change after the recurrence. I write a blog about body odor. I met some Japanese who have body odor. I am exchanging information with them. Everyone is desperately living with problems. I knew you on Japanese TV program 3 years ago. I was happy.
I’m not good at English. I read your website using a google translator. So, I don’t understand all. I read most of the questions up to a year ago. It took a long time. There was some shocking content, but it was good to know a lot. I studied by reading books on bacteria and drug resistance. I understand the difficulty of your research. I understand why my body odor doesn’t go away no matter what I do. I’m relieved. I was chasing illusions until I met you.
I have two types of body odor control. I don’t think you agree.
1, Deodorant  2,Silicon gel sheet (Smith & Nephew)
I use secret(P&G). The effect is a few hours.I use a silicone gel sheet on armpit. Cover the entire sweat gland with a sheet. It does not smell because it does not allow sweat to pass through. I can’t work without this. This method has many drawbacks. Especially vulnerable to heat and elasticity. I dream of having a biofilm that I can put on my armpit.
I have a question for you.
What percentage of your research is now close to success?
You are our savior.
I support you from Japan.

Many thanks

1 Answers
drarmpit answered 1 year ago
Dear Wakipe, (see Japanese translation below) thank you so much for your kind words. It really touches me. I appreciate a lot your effort to write in English. Japan is the only country in the world where bromhidrosis is considered a pathology and where treatment is paid back by the insurance – this is fantastic. In Japan it is very uncommon to have underarm body odor. The reason is because Japanese (and other East-Asians) have a mutation that results in much less apocrine sweat and also a different kind of apocrine sweat. Which makes it ever more difficult to cope with it if you are the only one in Japan (or so it may seem) to have body odor. It’s a big stigma there, much more than than it is in Europe or America (and even here it is a stigma…). After reading the Q&A on this website, you probably realize that nothing is your fault. You have the same apocrine sweat genes as us here in the West. Your earwax is probably yellow and liquid, while other Japanese people generally have white, dry and flaky earwax. Earwax is a special form of apocrine sweat. 
I am happy to see that you found some sort of regime to control body odor. But one problem is also the constant use of antimicrobials through the use of underarm cosmetics – they constantly kill bacteria, and what comes back are unwanted, odor-causing and biofilm-forming bacteria. This leads to a vicious circle. 
My solution is to change the underarm microbiome, so that odor is not longer produced. We are making and doing trials, but covid19 is also influencing this. Nonetheless, I am persisting in my effort! Please subscribe to the mailing list to be updated once it is ready.
I appreciate a lot your support and kind words – and will keep on working till I find the solution.
Best regards, Chris