Last Updated on December 27, 2019 by Terry Ohara
There is an age-long question, about how often you should shower. There is a long debate from dermatologists that have discussed the pros and cons of showering everyday vs every few days vs once a week and so on. Although each has its own benefits, there is no generally accepted truth regarding the issue and it will depend on a lot of factors, such as your skin type, activity level, and current environment. For example a person with an oily skin type, that works out every day and lives in hot and humid weather will most definitely require daily showers, however, a person with dry skin, low activity level, and cold environment might need just a few showers in a week maybe less.
Generally, I would recommend active people, athletes and people that work out every day to take daily showers. During a workout, the skin builds up excess oil, sweat, bacteria, and dirt on the body, and it is recommended to shower directly after a session for keeping your skin clear and prevent fungal infections like athletes foot. Especially people that have an oily skin type and are prone to acne should shower right after working out, to clear out pores and prevent further breakouts.
Interestingly enough showering every day may result in the same complications in other people. For example, a person with dry and sensitive skin may suffer from dryness and itchiness from showering every day. If you have dry or sensitive skin, I wouldn’t recommend you to shower more than twice a week, and if you choose to do so, due to weather and activity level it is important to keep your skin moisturized at all times and developing a moisturizing routine right after the shower. On top of all this, you should establish a proper shower routine.
In addition to all this, your environment and weather will play a huge part as to how often you will need to take showers. If you live in hot and humid weather such as California, you should probably take more showers compared to a person that lives in Seattle. Because of the heat, you will experience more bacterial build-up compared to a place with colder weather. However, even if you live in humid weather and you suffer from dry skin, you probably should limit your showers to every other day.
Another interesting factor is the skin conditions, like body acne, hyperhidrosis, psoriasis, eczema or rosacea and even if you recently got out of surgery. These will also affect as to how often you need to shower to keep your skin and general health intact and being socially acceptable.
As I said earlier, it really depends on all these factors, but as general guidance, I would recommend you to start with showering every other day, and adjusting as needed, until you find the perfect balance for you. Also, develop a proper shower routine so you reap the most benefits while eliminating the cons.
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