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  • Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin.

  • So you probably shower. At least, I hope so.

  • And you probably do it to keep clean, right?

  • It seems like a healthy thing to do.

  • But have you ever wondered what would happen if you never showered?

  • Well, let's start with the basics.

  • You would, if I'm being honest, stink.

  • I'm sorry to say it, but after a while without washing, you'll start to develop quite an

  • odor.

  • Soap and water in a shower or bath work to rid your body of bacteria and dead skin cells,

  • so these things start to pile up when you stop cleaning yourself.

  • According to dermatology professor Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, among the pile of dead cells that

  • would accumulate on top of your skin are some proteins with a sugary coating, such as sialomucin.

  • Lots of bacteria love to consume sugar, and when they digest sugary proteins like sialomucin,

  • they produce what we call body odor.

  • So less showering means more stench.

  • But what kind of effects would it have on your health?

  • Well, the results don't look too good there either.

  • For starters, dirty skin means itchy skin.

  • Dandruff builds up, your skin is coated in oil and the dirt that sticks to it, and you

  • start scratching.

  • Scratching an irritating itch can feel great, but if you scratch too much you can hurt yourself,

  • even breaking through your skin.

  • On a related note, never bathing can put you at a higher risk for infection.

  • If you were to get a cut or a scratch (perhaps because of all that excessive itchiness) and

  • your skin was covered in all sorts of extra bacteria, those bacteria might find their

  • way inside your wound and eventually lead to a soft tissue infection.

  • You would also become more prone to a whole host of other health issues, from acne and

  • pus to fungus between your toes, or even intertrigo, a painful combination of yeast and inflammation

  • in your groin.

  • This all sounds kind of scary and gross, right?

  • Like, it might make you feel like you need to scrub yourself clean right this second.

  • But what if I told you it's possible to shower too much?

  • In fact, a lot of us are guilty of it.

  • Yes, sometimes even I indulge in too many long, hot showers.

  • Remember when I mentioned that dirty skin can increase your risk of infection?

  • Well, so can dry skin.

  • And you know what can cause dry skin?

  • That's right.

  • Showers.

  • Washing your skin might also remove some of the important bacteria that help your immune system.

  • Some doctors even say that

  • when you shower, you should only apply soap to

  • the parts of your body that typically smellsuch as your armpits, groin, and butt.

  • Sure, frequent showers reduce your body odor, but in terms of your health, one or two showers

  • a week is likely to be enough.

  • So, as is true of many things in life, showers are good in moderation.

  • Showering twice a day or twice a year can both have serious consequences on your health

  • and wellbeing.

  • So keep clean, but not too clean, and make sure to head on over to

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What Would Happen If You Never Showered?

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    April Lu posted on 2017/09/19
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