We all know how annoying it is to take a shower every day. I mean, what’s the point if you are going to get dirty again anyway, right? Once you read about these 5 things that can happen to your body if you do not take a shower for more than two days, however, you might just change your mind.
1. Bacterial Skin Infections
Depending on how long it has been since the last time you stood under the showerhead, your skin could have come into contact with thousands of bacterial cells that may have already started to multiply and feed on your skin. These bacteria can cause harmful skin infections. Cellulitis, boils, folliculitis, and impetigo are just some of the many infections caused by bacteria like Streptococcus and Staphylococcus (1). These conditions can be really painful and take a very long time to heal. You are better off making the extra effort of bathing daily unless you want to be greeted by all sorts of ugly skin infections.
2. Your Skin Turns Into A Feeding Ground For All Sorts Of Harmful Germs And Bacteria
The longer you avoid taking a shower, the greater the amount of time germs have to build up on your skin. These germs grow on your skin and cause serious problems. The longer these germs get to build up on your skin, the tougher it becomes to get rid of them. This means that those of you who are trying to set records of going days without taking a shower are in for a treat when you finally decide to clean yourself once again. This is because the germs on your skin are not going to be leaving without putting up a fight.
3. Dermatitis Neglecta
When you do not shower for more than two days, the condition of your skin is equivalent to you going for a run/workout, coming back all sweaty and smelly, and deciding not to take a shower. The sweat and dirt accumulate on your skin, closing your pores and making it difficult for your skin to breathe.
4. Horrible Odor
If you don’t need to raise your arms to encounter a scent your nose won’t agree with, it’s a sign that your body is asking you to take a bath. A single bacteria cell can release gases that result in up to 30 different kinds of smelly odors. These bacteria thrive on your sweat glands, causing them to smell really nasty.
5. Possible Skin Reactions
When your skin is shrouded in your own sweat and dirt, the only way it can fight back is by developing rashes, scaliness, pimples, and boils. You must take this as a sign to take a bath if not for yourself, for your skin that protects you through thick and thin.
It is said that the average human carries around one thousand different types of bacteria and approximately forty different types of fungi (2). Although most of these organisms are essential for processes in the human body, there are a few that can cause harm if not contained. By choosing not to take a shower daily, you are basically rolling out the red carpet for these creatures to take control over your skin and reach sensitive places such as your eyes, nose, and even your mouth.
Dr. Holly L. Phillips, a women’s health physician, told Women’s Health, “Keeping moist, salty sweat soaked clothing close to your skin for long periods after working out leads to irritation and the increased risk of small abrasions or skin breakdown. This can raise your risk of bacterial and fungal infections, like staph bacteria or the fungus that causes jock itch.”
If you still do not want to take a shower even after reading about all these nasty results of skipping it, it is essential that you follow a few tips to ensure you minimize the damage to your skin when you go on for days without a shower.
Dr. Holly Phillips suggests that those of you who are unable to take a shower, especially after a workout, must make sure they change into a fresh pair of clothes as the sweat on your gym clothes can cause serious reactions on your skin. Dermatologists recommend you always keep regions such as your groin, face, and armpits clean and dry as these regions are always at the risk of contracting a bacterial skin infection first.
The same way that going without a bath for days can take a toll on your body, taking multiple long baths on the same day can also cause problems to your skin. Standing under the shower for extended periods can cause your skin to lose its natural oils, leaving it extremely dry and flaky. But, at least, no one will wordlessly offer you cologne, right?