Hong Kong Baptist University Study

3/2/2018 |

Study by Hong Kong Baptist University reveals human skin flakes lead to bad smell in air-conditioning systems

In a study by Hong Kong Baptist University, research showed a positive correlation between the accumulation of skin squames in air-cooling units and complaints of a urine-like smell in the air-conditioned areas. Skin squames are cells that peel off from the skin’s surface. This affront on your nose is caused by the excessive amounts of ammonia emissions that result when bacteria breaks down and consumes the skin squames. Ammonium is known to give off a urine-like smell. But the smells don’t stop there! The study also shows that skin squames contain lipids and fatty acids that are found on human skin, which give off a scent linked to body odor when consumed by bacteria. Learn more about this study below:

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