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25th Jan 2017

Showering too often could actually lead to health issues

Shower daily? You might want to rethink that.

Laura Holland

Most people shower once a day, usually in the morning. 

It’s the best way to start off the day and it becomes part of people’s routines. Sometimes there may be a second shower in the evening if they have exercised.

Apparently, this is far too often.

According to Time magazine, Dr. C. Brandon Mitchell reckons you should only shower ‘once or twice a week’. He said, “Your body is naturally a well-oiled machine. A daily shower isn’t necessary.”

Furthermore, IFL Science says that when you shower too often it destroys the microbiome on your skin. They are made up of bacteria, archaea, viruses, and other microbes that help with your immune system, digestion and your heart. Disrupting the microbiome can also lead to skin conditions.

Dr. Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert, explains:

“Too much all-over bathing may even raise your risk for some health issues. Dry, cracked skin opens up gaps for infection-causing germs to slip through.

That means frequent bathing when your skin is already dry—and especially as you age, when your skin becomes thinner and less hydrated—may increase the odds of coming down with something.”

Mitchell does offer some advice if you still want your daily shower:

“I tell patients who shower daily not to lather their whole bodies.

Hit your pits, butt and groin, which are the areas that produce strong-smelling secretions. The rest of your body doesn’t need much soaping.”