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Showering Every Day? It’s Actually Bad For You!

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We associate not showering on a daily basis as sne of the most unhygienic things a person can do. But maybe it’s not really important to shower daily and maybe it’s actually very unhealthy! Don’t believe me? Read on further!


Dr. Casey Carlos, assistant professor of medicine in the division of dermatology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine suggests that showering too much isn’t good for you. Carlos explains that It’s hard to convince people to use soap only when they need to do so.

Skin care science is very simple; soaps remove oils from the skin. In turn, your skin becomes dry and becomes rough. Carlos also suggests people should use soap only in particular places such as the groin, armpits, and feet. Furthermore, you should skip using soap on chest, back, legs, and arms. Why? It’s because our skin has the amazing ability to clean itself.

This goes for washing your hair as well!

Washing your hair daily will leave your scalp dry, produce more dandruff and can cause even more greasiness than what you started with. the skin in built to cope with the loss of moisture on the surface so when there’s dryness it tried to compensate that by over producing sebum which makes your skin very oily!

Scientific explanation

Most health and lifestyle outlets today don’t rely too much on scientific explanations that support their claims.

But here we have the ill effects of showering daily:

  • The top layer of your skin is composed of dead skin cells that protect underlying skin layers
  • The top layer is held together by fats or lipids that are responsible for moisture
  • Whenever you shower and scrub, you’re breaking this layer apart
  • The more showers you take, the more damage occurs in top layer
  • Due to frequent showers, your skin has less time to repair and recover through natural oil production
  • It prevents “good” bacteria from growing on your skin. This good bacteria is beneficial for protecting your skin and your body from infections
  • It’s bad for your hair too. Negative consequences include dry, dull hair that is prone to dandruff. In some cases, hair can become greasy as scalp tries to overcompensate for dryness

Other benefits

  • You’ll save time
  • You’ll use less hot water
  • You’ll save money on shower gels, lotions, etc.


Showering on a daily basis strips away the moisture from our skin. This make our skin rough and not soft like they say in advertisements. Too much showering (daily) showering is comparable to excessive exfoliating. Both practices have the same effect.

Maybe showering twice a week is suggested.