Have you ever asked yourself what can happen to your body if you stop showering? The first thing we think about is the bad smell, and then there are consequences much more serious.
Human skin hosts on average trillion bacteria of 200 different species, and some fungi. They live on the skin and are involved in controlling a healthy balanced skin. But in case of imbalance or injury they may cause a pathological situation.
Also, human skin has a hydrolipidic film (secreted by the sebaceous glands) whose role is to protect the skin of a possible drying out. This film is a critical food source for bacteria, which tend to proliferate and multiply.
The first goal of the shower is hygiene, but also helps preserve the skin from bacteria and dirt. Elimination of all that that has been accumulated on the hydrolipidic film is only possible with showering.
Most people are very vigilant about showering, it is a primal instinct. The human feels better when is clean, and the shower has a wellness effect on everyone. But if a person decides not to shower for a long time what will happen?
What happens to a person’s body when he no longer takes showers?
- Dirt and bad smell
The accumulation of dead skin and bacteria will cause dirt and bad smell.
In fact, contrary to what people may think, sweat is odorless. But the sweat emitted in the armpits and the genital area is rich in fat, which is of course is the favorite food of bacteria. These are responsible for the bad smell and sweat. And the more these bacteria find food, the more they will proliferate and the smell will be unbearable.
Bacteria also degrade and produce acids found in the sweat. For example, regarding the feet, a high rate of isovaleric acid caused by bacteria decay generates a very bad smell of feet.
- Skin infections
Many skin infections can occur in case of improper or insufficient hygiene. Dirty body makes you want to scratch, which can damage the skin and facilitate the possibility of infection. Among skin infections that can affect the person, there are:
– Acne: normally induced by hyper-secretion of sebum during puberty, it is also linked to several factors including genetics. For a person who doesn’t shower regularly it causes accumulation of sebum in the skin and causes acne.
– Folliculitis: This is an inflammation of one or more hair follicles, which can form crusts that appears to every place on the body covered with hairs.
– Ecthyma: it is an impetigo usually localized to the lower limbs.
– Dermatitis or atopic eczema: This is an infection most common with these people. It is related to the accumulation of sebum, sweat and skin bacteria. It is characterized by skin plates of a different color.
- Other infections
Poor hygiene is associated with all kinds of diseases. If you are not washing your hands regularly it can cause diarrhea that can be fleeting as it may be more serious. Infection can affect the eyes and all other body organs.
So, how often should we take a shower?
If you are an active person or you exercise, it is best that you take your shower every day. Otherwise, if you are less active and do not move much, you need at least three showers a week.
Shower is a real line of defense against attacks that can affect our body, and its virtues are just wonderful because we feel refreshed right after!