– We overbathe and that’s really important to realize. A lot of the reason we do it is because of societal norms, according to Dr. Zeichner.
Showering too often (particularly in hot water) can dry out and irritate skin, wash away the good bacteria that naturally exists on your skin, and introduce small cracks that put you at a higher risk of infection.
Parents should not bathe babies and toddlers daily. Zeichner says that early exposure to dirt and bacteria may make the skin less sensitive as you age, and prevent allergies and conditions like eczema.
But how often should people shower then?
While your activity level and climate will affect how often you’ll want shower, you can probably skip the daily shower and take one every two to three days, according to Dr. Zeichner.