Is Bathing Daily Harmful?
By Randi Morse
How many times a day do you shower? It's a surprisingly controversial question. Ask your friends or family members how often they shower and you'll likely get a wide variety of answers. Some shower daily, other's shower every other day, and then there are those who shower less than that. But what is the right amount to shower? Should you shower daily, or even every other day, even if you haven't been sweaty? Or could showering regularly do more harm than good for your body?
It's kind of gross to think about, but our body is filled with bacteria. We often think of bacteria as a "bad" thing, but there are basically two categories of bacteria: good and bad. Good bacteria helps to balance out your system, it also helps to keep the bad bacteria from causing issues. In order for your body to maintain homeostasis, the good and bad bacteria need to stay balanced. If you shower daily you are at risk of removing too much of the good bacteria. This can cause the bad bacteria to cause more issues.
Scrubbing and Antibacterial Soaps
Antibacterial soaps are the enemy of both bad and good bacteria. The ads and labeling on these soaps makes it seem as though they only kill bad bacteria, but this is untrue. Antibacterial soap can kill off the normal bacteria in your body, which can upset the microorganisms, making it easier for other organisms to take hold in your body.
Dry skin isn't likely to cause health issues, but it can be unsightly to look at and uncomfortable to have. Showering too often can cause your skin to dry out, potentially leaving you with skin issues. It's also important to note that the oils and perfumes that are added into shampoos and conditioners can cause a host of issues as well, such as allergic reactions.
So how often should you shower? Experts suggest that showering a few times a week is generally enough for the average person, unless you're really dirty or sweaty. They also say that short showers, those that go for under five minutes, tend to be long enough for most people. When it comes down to it, you need to do what's right for you, just make sure that you use gentle soaps and that the water isn't extremely hot.
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