Is It Healthy To Not Bathe Every Day?

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JAMESTOWN – To wash, or not to wash. Lately, that’s the question after several celebs recently admitted they don’t do full-body bathing every day.

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Dax Shepard and other celebrities are among those not cleaning.

“Do you really have to bathe on a daily basis? The answer is no,” said Dr. Susan Massick, Dermatologist at Ohio State University.

While it isn’t necessary to clean yourself every day, if you exercise, work outdoors, or are in healthcare, you may want to wash off.

“If you notice body odor, if you notice increased grease in the hair those are very obvious reasons to want to bathe on a daily basis,” said Dr. Massick.

When you do bathe, Dr. Massick explains not to use harsh cleaners that can irritate skin.

“It’s much better to use unscented, no fragrance, no perfume types of gentle cleansers,” said Massick. “That’s all you need when it comes to a type of soap or a way of cleaning the skin.”

She says it’s fine to rinse off most of the body with water, using soap only in the areas with glands.

“That would be armpits, genital and private area, feet and scalp,” furthered Massick.

When it comes to children, Dr. Massick says bathing too often isn’t a good idea.

“Their skin is typically a little more sensitive and typically a little more susceptible,” she said.

In the end, Massick says bathing is a personal choice, and not all A-listers are alike.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showing support on Twitter for “team shower every day” tweeting, he’s the opposite of a “not washing themselves” celeb.


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