Highlights

  • Expert cautions against prolonged baths or daily showers
  • Focus on areas with higher sweat concentration
  • Adjusting skincare products with the seasons is advised

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Experts caution against daily showers for those with drier skin or conditions like eczema due to the potential weakening of the skin's defenses.

Could excessive showering harm your health? Experts weigh in

Experts advise against excessive showering, emphasizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Seattle dermatologist Joyce Park highlights the importance of considering factors such as skin type, sweat levels, and dirt exposure.

For those with drier skin or conditions like eczema, shorter and less frequent showers are recommended to avoid weakening the skin's defenses. Expert cautions against prolonged baths or daily showers, as they can disrupt the skin's microbiome, crucial for overall health.

If daily showers are necessary, focus on areas with higher sweat concentration. The choice of products also plays a role, with harsh cleansers and hot water potentially damaging the skin barrier. Signs of a compromised barrier include acne, wrinkles, dryness, and sensitivity.

Special attention should be given to the sensitive genital area, using gentle, fragrance-free cleansers or just water. Adjusting skincare products with the seasons is advised, opting for gel- or foam-based cleansers in hot weather and cream cleansers with added hydration in colder months.

Gentle cleansers effectively remove surface debris without harming the skin barrier. Incorporating hyaluronic or lactic acid can maintain skin radiance in colder temperatures, while niacinamide helps reduce redness. Additionally, SPF, vitamins, and moisturizers are essential for winter skincare.

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