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How often do you shower or wash your body? Chances are, you probably bathe too much! Bathing every day strips the body and hair of natural oils, and it dries out the skin. Trace washes away some myths and explains why showering too often could be bad for your skin and your health.

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Hygiene of the Skin: When Is Clean Too Clean?
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/7/2/pdfs/70-0225.pdf
"Skin hygiene, particularly of the hands, is a primary mechanism for reducing contact and fecal-oral transmission of infections agents."

Are Long, Hot Showers Bad For Your Skin?
http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/myths/hot-showers-bad.htm
"It's a cruel world sometimes. The tastiest foods are bad for your health, the finest things are bad for your wallet and long, hot showers, unfortunately, are bad for your skin."

The Great Unwashed
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
"A daily shower is a deep ingrained American habit. Most people would no sooner disclose they had not showered in days than admit infidelity."

Crystal structure and functional mechanism of a human antimicrobial membrane channel
http://www.pnas.org/content/110/12/4586.full.pdf+html?sid=231abd39-923c-40d5-85f0-3ca4e5351912
"Multicellular organisms ?ght bacterial and fungal infections by producing peptide-derived broad-spectrum antibiotics."



Surface Bacteria Maintains Skin's Healthy Balance
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/archive/newsrel/health/11-09Gallo.asp#
"On the skin's surface, bacteria are abundant, diverse and constant, but inflammation is undesirable."

Commensal bacteria regulate TLR3-dependent inflammation following skin injury
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2880863/
"The normal microflora of the skin includes staphylococcal species that will induce inflammation when present below the dermis but are tolerated on the epidermal surface without initiating inflammation."

How Much Should You Shower?
http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/daily/tips/daily-shower-skin1.htm
"It's conventional wisdom that the more you shower, the cleaner you are."

Watch More:
Don't Use Antibacterial Soap!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXt0I48LveE
TestTube Wild Card
http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-476-allergies?utm_campaign=DNWC&utm_medium=DNews&utm_source=YT
Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U85j1TPckSM

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