We tend to believe that the more we shower, the cleaner we are. We lather our bodies vigorously to kill stubborn germs on our skin, but bathing every day could lead to more bacteria than we did.
So, how often should we shower?The answer: it depends. Those who do intense, strenuous work, live in hot and humid areas, or exercise should take a daily shower. It’s not about body odor, but perspiration stays on our skin, providing the breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Excess oil can clog pores, leading to acne, or red acne-like bumps and pustules, on the face and body.
However, regular bathing can be harmful to the body if we don’t sweat a lot. It dries out the skin, opens up spaces for infection-causing germs. Frequent baths, if our skin is already dry, can increase the chances of developing a weaker immune system, as it strips the skin of natural oils, and interrupts the growth of bacteria that support the skin’s immune system.
There is no clear difference between a shower or a bath, although baths are gentler for people suffering from skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.”People think that showering is for greater hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that is not the case.
“Dr. Elaine Larson, an expert in infectious diseases, and associate dean of research at the Columbia University School of Nursing told EL TIEMPO:
Larson has found that the antibacterial soaps and cleaning products we use in our homes are no better than plain soap at reducing the risk of infectious diseases. On the other hand, scrubbing and exfoliating doesn’t do much for our skin.
So what is the ideal shower frequency?Doctors say that when it comes to our health, once or twice a week is recommended. However, we can shower daily and not soap our entire body. Focusing on the odor producing areas like our armpits, buttocks, and genitals is a better alternative for those who like to shower more frequently.
Washing your hands and clothes will help eliminate dead skin cells and the dirt that accumulates in our body, without suffering a bad effect on health. However, the chemistry of each person’s skin is different, even on our scalp, so the daily shower may not be so dangerous for some, and it may be for others. Generally speaking, if you are in good health, showering once or twice a week is not going to hurt you.