Some days, a long soak in a bubble bath is just what the doctor ordered. Other days, a spritz of dry shampoo and a clean T-shirt is the best you can do.

    Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy

    But how many days should you really go without a shower?  Dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, MD, shares a few tips to help us clean up those questionable habits.

    Should you shower every day?

    There’s no magic formula for how often you should break out the body wash. Someone who runs five miles every day probably needs to lather up more often than someone who rarely breaks a sweat. Some people have oilier skin and hair than others. Others are cursed with extra-stinky pits.

    But in general, Dr. Khetarpal says to aim for showering once a day. “We come in contact with thousands of allergens every day. Showering rinses off those allergens, as well as bacteria and viruses,” she says. 

    You don’t have to overdo it though. Showering too often can strip skin of moisture, says Dr. Khetarpal. “Some people shower in the morning, after the gym, then again before bed. That’s not necessary, and can be very drying and irritating for your skin.”

    Side effects of skipping the shower

    Do you smell something? The biggest sign of skipping showers is obvious. But body odor isn’t the only reason to clean up your act.

    Not showering enough can cause other problems, Dr. Khetarpal says. Here are just a few of them:

    • Acne : If you aren’t washing, natural oils on the skin can accumulate and cause an overgrowth of pimple-causing bacteria. Dirt and dead skin can also build up and clog pores.
    • Dandruff : “We all have yeast that lives in the oil glands in our skin. If you don’t wash your hair often, that yeast multiplies and irritates the scalp, causing it to flake,” Dr. Khetarpal explains.
    • Eczema flare-ups : Dry, itchy, red patches of eczema are more likely to flare when the skin isn’t clean, Dr. Khetarpal says. “It’s counterintuitive because people think showering removes moisture from the skin. But for people with eczema, it’s important to take daily showers to get rid of allergens and bacteria.”

    Shower tips for healthy skin

    The way you shower is just as important as how often you do it, Dr. Khetarpal says. She shares these tips to keep skin clean and healthy:

    Turn down the heat

    Very hot water feels good on a chilly day, but it can make your skin dry and itchy. “Water should be warm but not too hot,” she says.

    Skip the scents

    It’s sad but true: “Fragrance pulls moisture out of the skin, so avoid any of those good-smelling soaps and body washes,” says Dr. Khetarpal. Whether or not your skin is easily irritated, she recommends reaching for products with labels like “gentle cleanser” or “sensitive skin.”

    Focus on the smelly bits

    Unless you’ve been mud wrestling, you probably don’t need to use soap on your entire body. “Generally, the only areas that you need to wash with soap are your face, armpits and groin,” she says.

    Consider your hair type

    You don’t necessarily need to wash your hair every time you shower. Typically, shampooing two or three times a week will help keep your scalp healthy and hair happy, Dr. Khetarpal says. But you may need to lather up more often if your hair is oily, and less if it’s dry. (In between, your beloved dry shampoo can pinch-hit.)


    After a shower or bath, you should rub on a fragrance-free moisturizer, she says. “Pat dry and put on moisturizer within three minutes to trap moisture in the skin and maintain a healthy skin barrier.”  

    So what’s the takeaway? Shower every day, or close to it. Your skin (and your coworkers) will thank you

    How many times should you take a shower a week?
    While there is no ideal frequency, experts suggest that showering several times per week is plenty for most people (unless you are grimy, sweaty, or have other reasons to shower more often). Short showers (lasting three or four minutes) with a focus on the armpits and groin may suffice. more
    How many times a week should an elderly person shower?
    1. Seniors don't have to bathe every day. Even though most Americans are used to showering every single day, it's not a strict requirement for good health. At a minimum, bathing once or twice a week helps most seniors avoid skin breakdown and infections. more
    What week do first time mothers usually give birth?
    The researchers found that 50% of all women giving birth for the first time gave birth by 40 weeks and 5 days, while 75% gave birth by 41 weeks and 2 days. Meanwhile, 50% of all women who had given birth at least once before gave birth by 40 weeks and 3 days, while 75% gave birth by 41 weeks. more
    Is 25 hours a week part time?
    Part-time hours can be anywhere from a few hours a week, right up to 35 hours. As with full-time hours, there's no official classification. more
    What is the average shower time?
    8 minutes According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average shower lasts 8 minutes. If you like to linger in the shower for longer than 15 minutes, you might want to rethink your hygiene routine. more
    What time of the week to buy crypto?
    Statistical evidence shared by Capriole digital asset manager Charles Edwards supports the fact that the best day of the week to buy bitcoin is on Sunday evening. The chart below shows that those who buy BTC during the said period see higher returns on their investment than purchases made during weekdays. more
    What time is the best time to shower?
    The Best Time of Day to Shower Fact: Taking an evening shower is healthier for your body—and the skin, more specifically—than a morning rinse. Whenever we shower before bed, we can rest assured knowing we're not bringing any stowaway germs with us from the day's activities. more
    When is the cheapest time to shower?
    New research into energy tariff rates has revealed showering between 10pm and 8am is the cheapest time. Here is how the finances break down. Taking a 10-minute shower uses 1.42kWh of electricity, costing a household on a standard variable tariff around 40p each time. more
    How many hours a week is part time?
    The number of hours that an employee works to be considered part-time can vary. However, as a general rule, employees who work between 20 and 29 hours per week are considered part-time employees. That said, the hours can vary depending on the position, company, and agreement. more
    Can I work full-time during reading week?
    Eligible graduate students may work full time during an academic break, reading week, and breaks between terms*. more
    What time should you shower at night?
    A nice hot shower before bedtime is SO relaxing. But be sure to shower at least 90 minutes before bedtime if you typically have trouble sleeping. “The body naturally cools down as bedtime approaches, in sync with the circadian rhythm,” Dr. more


    You may be interested in...

    Are you supposed to wash your steak?

    Is Solana the future?

    Should you pick dandelions?

    What is near crypto?

    Why is it called a white wash?

    Where do Jamaican Cherry trees grow?

    What is the national sport of Australia?

    What's so special about Birkenstock?

    How many Harry Potter fans are there?

    What is the best thickness for sugar cookies?

    Are racoons in Mexico?

    How can I turn available credit into cash?

    What is IGP dog?

    Is Luna a good investment 2021?

    Is 5G Wi-Fi available in India?

    About Privacy Contact
    ©2022 REPOKIT