The Science Behind Why You're Probably Showering Too Much

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Admitting you don't always reach the commonly accepted daily shower quota can lead to questions about your personal hygiene and a potential loss of friends.

But it turns out this stigma may be totally unfounded, as a new study suggests showering less frequently has health and hygiene benefits.

Research conducted on the Yanomami people in the Amazon found "their skin, mouths, and feces hosted the richest complement of bacteria in any human population examined until that point — a complement that included antibiotic-resistant species, despite no known contact with antibiotics."

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These micro-biomes of bacteria are crucial to your immune system, digestion and heart. Without these formations of bacteria they wouldn't be able to function. In other words, washing yourself too regularly and our overly sterilised and urban way of life can erode these microbe communities and impact on your health.

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IFL Science writes: "There's compelling indirect evidence to suggest that showering damages your microbiome on your skin, which in turn damages your skin health."

IFL Science also point out that the main issue for researchers is getting enough people willing to participate in a study that means not showering for a long period. A good rule of thumb: if you're putting people off with your smell then scrub away but remember building up bacteria is actually good for your health.