Misting your face with armpit germs ‘could cure acne’

For decades, acne sufferers have used soap and antibacterial washes to battle their boils – but we should be spraying on armpit bacteria instead, according to an American biotech company.


David Whitlock, the MIT-trained chemical engineer behind the AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, a clear liquid containing millions of bacteria – finds it so effective he has not showered for 12 years.

The bacteria used in the tonic are normally found in dirt, but the makers of the ‘Mist’ believe they used to thrive on our bodies before the invention of soap.

When sprayed on, they live on the ammonia in our sweat – and the living bacterial ‘tonic’ is in human trials now.

Its makers claim that it works as a cleanser, deodorant, anti-inflammatory and immune system booster when applied regularly from a bottle of clear fluid seething with bacteria.

The theory is that the body becomes coated in an invisible colony of microbes, which work instead of, or in addition to conventional cleaning, according to maker AOBiome.

Its CEO boasts that he now uses soap just twice a week.

A New York Times reporter said that she had stood close to both the CEO and to engineer Whitlock – who has used sponges to wipe away grime, but nothing else, for more than a decade – but did not notice any dirt marks or stench caused by their unusual ‘cleansing’ regime.

Whitlock said that he took the decision to quit showering to simulate what happened to human bodies before the invention of soap.

‘I wasn’t sure what would happen,’ he says. ‘But I knew it would be good.’

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