FourFourThe scent of aluminum has long been associated with the world of perfume, but it’s not a one-off.
A recent study found that aluminum-containing paint actually contributes to a chemical reaction that breaks down your skin’s barrier, which makes it harder for bacteria to grow and multiply.
In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the University at Buffalo and the University College London analyzed the chemical composition of aluminum-painted surfaces in New York City.
The researchers found that, even after the aluminum was removed, it still produced an odor that was similar to that of a natural latex.
What’s more, the study found the results persisted even after removing the paint from an area that was exposed to sunlight.
This is not the first study to find that aluminum paint is able to cause chemical reactions in the skin that result in a sticky, odiferous residue.
In fact, previous studies have linked the chemicals to skin irritation and skin cancer.
But what happens to aluminum in the body after the paint is removed?
Researchers at the University School of Chemical Engineering in Austria found that the aluminum residue left in the urine and breath of people who painted aluminum-based products on their skin lasted for three to five years.
A study by the University, Buffalo and The Ohio State University found that a study of volunteers who painted metallic products on themselves had similar levels of aluminum in their urine to the people who did not.
So it’s clear that the results of the study that showed aluminum causes chemical reactions are indeed a bit different than the results that showed it didn’t.
What’s more: The researchers did find that the skin of the people whose urine and breaths contained the aluminum smelled much worse than that of people with a natural odor.
It’s unclear why this is the case.
There are two possible explanations for this: the amount of aluminum used in the paint itself was much lower, or it’s possible that the process of removing the aluminum from the surface was not as effective as it could have been.
In the meantime, aluminum-paint-free areas of New York are likely to remain an important source of irritation for many, if not most, people.
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