Remember when celebrities were talking about how often they shower & got everyone debating on how often you should bathe? Well, now dermatologists are weighing in on how often we should shower.
Dr. Shari Sperling, board certified dermatologist and co-founder of Sperling Dermatology says there is no standard for how often a person should shower. So do what works for you. She did say that people who have dry or sensitive skin could benefit from less frequent showers.
There are some things to consider about showering too:
According to Dr. Sperling, “washing too often and aggressively washing can strip the oils and good bacteria from the skin, leaving the skin dry and irritated.”
And if you don't shower enough it can lead to bacterial or fungal infections. Dr. Sperling tells us that “it is a good idea to wash armpits and genitals daily to prevent foul body odor.”
Here are some bathing tips:
- Clean the groin, genital and armpit areas on a daily basis—either in the shower, or with a washcloth.
- If taking daily showers, make ‘em quick: The expert recommends no more than 5-10 minutes in length.
- Opt for lukewarm, rather than piping hot, water if you’re showering on a daily basis.