Hygiene habits differ vastly from person to person, some people are very compulsive about their personal hygiene and even shower several times a day, while others are less vigilant, and sometimes do not shower at all. But have you ever wondered what happens if you stop showeringcompletely? The question, however simple, has a very complex and eye-opening answer.
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What happens if you give up showering?
While the smell is the first thing that comes to mind, sweat is not the reason behind it. In fact, sweat doesn't smell at all, it's the bacteria that feed on it that create a whole range of unpleasant odours. As a result, not showering gives the bacteria an opportunity to cultivate and even invites other infection-causing micro-organisms that can even be responsible for illnesses such as diarrhoea and flu.
The skin is the main organ that suffers when you avoid showering regularly. Small lesions begin to occur on your body creating the urge to scratch. Not showering is especially worse for people with chronic skin conditions like eczema, acne, or folliculitis. Not washing regularly, in general, can lead to the accumulation of dirt that results in brown patches all over the body.
Don't over-wash either
On the other hand, it's important to remember that washing too often can destroy your skin's oil supply - a point for the sceptics. Dermatologists interviewed by HuffPostrecommend washing every day when you're doing regular physical activity.
Conclusively, you don’t need to wash your body every day. However, if you’re participating in extra vigorous physical activities like playing football or going to the gym, it leads to a lot of sweat buildup. So, therefore, it is recommended to cleanse at least once a day.
This article has been translated from GentsideFR.