How Often Do You Need To Shower?

A daily shower may be too much for the body says a new study. Showers are a part of everyone’s daily routine. Some people have two or three showers a day.
A person may need to shower once or twice a week, according to Dr Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert at Columbia University School of Nursing.
‘Frequent showers may remove natural oils and good bacteria from the skin, which could make the skin crack and attract harmful microbes that affect the health.’
“People think they’re showering for hygiene or being cleaner, but bacteriologically, that’s not the case,” said Larson.
“Bathing will remove odor if you’re stinky or have been to the gym. But in terms of protecting you from illness, washing your hands regularly is probably adequate,” she added.
It is a well-known fact that too many showers could often lead to more problems, as it causes the skin to crack that could allow germs to get in while constant showers. Too many showers may also remove healthy oils and good bacteria.
Dr. C. Brandon Mitchell, assistant professor of dermatology at George Washington University, says he tells people who shower daily not to cover 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.”
“But If you want to avoid some nasty stares on the train, it’s probably best you stick to at least a shower every other day.”