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Experts have warned dodging a daily shower could lead to warts, skin infections and ‘extreme genital odour’ after a host of celebrities confessed to having lax washing habits.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis kicked off the public conversation about celebrity hygiene during a podcast appearance last month, with Ashton telling Armchair Expert host Dax Shephard: ‘I wash my armpits and crotch daily and nothing else ever.’
Mila said she washes her ‘slits and t**s’ and also revealed that she did not bathe her children Wyatt, six, and Dimitri, four, ‘everyday’ when they were infants.
The revelation led to a series of other stars coming out to reveal their washing habits, with Jake Gyllenhaal telling Vanity Fair: ‘More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times.’
He noted: ‘I do also think that there’s a whole world of not bathing that is also really helpful for skin maintenance, and we naturally clean ourselves.’
However experts told FEMAIL that avoiding the bath could lead to serious health issues, including acne, extreme genital body odour and warts.
Experts have warned dodging a daily shower could lead to warts, skin infections and ‘extreme genital odour’ after a host of celebrities confessed to having lax washing habits including Mila Kunas and Ashton Kutcher
TV doctor Dr Emeka Okorocha, who is brand Ambassador of AI-based fitness and lifestyle coaching app Freeletics, said avoiding a daily bathe could ‘do more harm than good’.
He said: ‘Not showering every day, can lead to some health problems specifically relating to the skin.’
And cosmetic doctor Dr Yalda Jamal said it was vital to have regular showers to keep skin health ‘optimised’.
She explained: ‘[Skin] protects us from invading pathogens, physical damage and UV exposure. It also acts as a sensory organ and regulates our body temperature.’
1. AVOIDING A DAILY SHOWER CAN PUT YOU AT RISK OF ACNE, ECZEMA AND PSORIASIS
Several experts warned that avoiding the daily shower could lead to chronic skin conditions.
Dr Emeka said: ‘Not showering every day can lead to exacerbation of dermatological conditions such as acne, eczema or psoriasis, putting you at risk of dermatitis neglect and developing patches of plaque on the skin.
‘Hyperpigmentation can also occur when you don’t wash off dead skin cells which stick to your body changing your complexion.
‘Although this condition can take weeks, or even months, to set in, it can also lead to a bad smell and is one of the early warning signs of more serious issues.’
Meanwhile cosmetic doctor Dr Jamali warned: ‘Build-up of sweat, dead skin cells, and dirt throughout the day can compromise the skin barrier, trigger breakouts, and exacerbate pre-existing skin conditions.’
The revelation led to a series of other stars coming out to reveal their washing habits, with Jake Gyllenhaal telling Vanity Fair : ‘More and more I find bathing to be less necessary, at times’
2. LONGER BREAKS BETWEEN WASHES CAN LEAD TO BODY ODOUR…
Perhaps one of the most obvious reasons many people chose to shower every day is to avoid body odour.
Dr Emeka warned those who are active and choose not to wash themselves afterward are at a high risk of suffering from the smell.
Experts reveal why showering at NIGHT could be the key to improve your skin
Cosmetic doctor Dr Rekha Tailor of Health & Aesthetics advised: ‘It’s believed that showering in the evening is better for your skin health for a number of reasons, because it cleans the skin before you go to sleep.
‘In doing this it removes the dirt from the air which includes germs, pollution and dust which can gather during the day, as well as sweat which accumulates.
‘By showering at night you are cleansing your skin of these before you go to sleep, thus enabling it to properly regenerate overnight.
‘And because the period when we are sleeping is crucial for skin regeneration, by ensuring you have clean skin you will help to make sure that pores don’t become clogged and hopefully preventing whiteheads and blackheads, as well as acne breakouts.’
Rekha continued: ‘Also, the best time to shave the skin is before bed.
‘This is because as we sleep our skin get warmer and swells slightly which causes the hairs to retreat back into their follicles and become less obvious.
‘So by shaving in the evening, when you wake in the morning your skin will feel smoother.’
He said: ‘One thing most people are aware of is the stench of body odour caused by sweat and bacteria when left too long without showering which is a feature that can and most likely will occur if you work out and don’t shower every day.
‘A medical myth is that sweat smells, however sweat doesn’t actually smell, it’s actually odourless.
‘The smell comes from when the sweat is combined with bacteria that naturally lives on the surface of the skin and only then do you get that odour that people tend to call B.O.’
3...AND CAN EVEN CAUSE EXTREME GENITAL ODOUR
And Stephanie Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Expert at StressNoMore and Kegel8, said odours in genital areas could become particularly pungent if not washed every day.
She said: ‘In addition, remember it is vital to wash around your intimate areas daily.
‘Although, while women should avoid using any harsh chemicals inside their vagina, the crotch area surrounding the genitalia can be particularly sweat prone.
‘Allowing the sweat and bacteria to breed can cause a host of problems, like infections or extreme odour.’
She added: ‘Research the best soaps to use for this area to make sure you’re not causing yourself any more health worries – Femfresh and Canesten are just two of many brands who produce “intimate” friendly hygiene products.’
Dr Jamali suggested: ‘If you decide not to shower daily, then washing armpits, feet and genitals, daily would be sensible to keep body odour minimal and better controlled.
‘It may also stop the usage of excessive deodorants and perfumes.’
4. NATURAL OILS COMBINE WITH DIRT TO LEAVE SKIN IRRITATED AND ITCHY
Dr Emeka warned: ‘Not showering can lead to irritable skin. The natural oils our skin secretes combines with dirt and pollutants causing irritated, inflamed, itchy skin.
‘If you’re prone to skin irritation, shower with cool water.’
Stars Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard also weighed in on the debate about avoiding daily showers – but experts have warned the habit could lead to a host of health problems
5. BUILT-UP BACTERIA ON THE SKIN CAN CAUSE INFECTIONS AND WARTS
NOT BATHING CAN LEAD TO SCALY SKIN CONDITION CAUSING DEAD CELLS TO BUILD UP
Dermatitis neglecta (DN) refers to a skin condition that occurs from a lack of hygiene.
Also called dermatosis neglecta, this is just one type of dermatitis.
DN can result in a scaly buildup.
The markers of DN are:
- corneocytes (cells that compose the outer most part of the epidermis)
- sebum (oil)
According to Dr Emeka, by choosing not to wash off dead skin and bacteria each day, celebrities like Jake and Mila are risking their skin becoming infected.
He said: ‘The build-up of bacteria on the skin that doesn’t get washed off during showering can lead to skin infections.
‘If there is injury to any of the skin layers and this can cause frequent skin infections leading to cellulitis.
‘Cellulitis can be prevented, but if it is one of the more severe cases it has to be treated by antibiotics.’
Meanwhile Stephanie added: ‘By washing too little, you will start to produce body odour and allow sweat and dead skin cells to build up on the surface of your skin, blocking your pores and causing breakouts and bacterial or fungal infections.
‘At the very worst, uncleanliness can cause dermatitis neglecta – where dead skin cells, dirt and sweat form on the skin.’
Meanwhile leading NHS Dermatologist, Dr Kathy Taghipour agreed, adding: ‘If you don’t bathe frequently, the skin can become oily and could get infected with bacterias and even fungus.
‘On some occasions, dirty skin could even cause warts.’
6. EXCESS SWEAT CAN MEAN YOU’RE AT HIGHER RISK OF SUNBURN
Meanwhile Dr Emeka said those who aren’t showering regularly also risk exposing their skin to dangerous sunburns.
He explained: ‘Increased sunburn exposure is another risk if you don’t shower regularly.
‘When we sweat, there is reduced UV protection.
‘So, during the summer months particularly, make sure that you are showering the sweat off your body or at the very least put on some extra sun cream.’