Love is the spice of life — it is also the microbes that couples share through sickness and in health, through the bathroom and in a hallway.

The skin is our largest body organ. Your skin is the most significant protective barrier between squishy, vulnerable innards and a pathogen-filled world. Complex and layered, the skin plays hosts to a multitude of organisms that call us home. We all have microbes covering our bodies — most of them are harmless, and some even help crowd out bad bugs.

Despite our personal feelings about our skin and the skin of our lovers, it is a pretty harsh region for… more

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