Today’s the day to start my experiment with AOB (ammonia-oxidizing bacteria)!
I’m a little jittery, to be honest. It’s a bit creepy to imagine your skin crawling with live bacteria. Of course there are probably billions of bacteria living in and on my body as we speak, but usually I don’t much think about them, nor do I actively try to acquire them. Out of sight, out of mind—which kind of means they’re not really there.
It’s like that mental blind spot that enables me to eat fish as long as the head isn't still attached. Seeing those bulging eyes with their accusing stare ruins my appetite every time. In the same way, the thought of dousing myself in live bacteria causes a slight queasiness, but I’m determined not to let that stop me.
As a natural worrywart, all kinds of concerns run through my mind: What if the mist gets into my mouth when I spray my face? Is it okay to swallow? What if it gets into open wounds and cuts—will they get infected? After all, these are bacteria derived from dirt, though somewhere I read the AOB are supposed to help with wound healing, so who knows.
Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, the little AO+ bottle has no dire health warnings printed on it, other than “For topical use only.” It doesn't say you have to call the poison control center if you accidentally lick some off your lips, so let’s trust that the biotech guys have sufficiently researched this stuff.