Unhealthy Bathing Practices Can Damage Your Skin

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There are many individuals whose skin problems started because of wrong bathing habits. How you bathe is really important to your skin’s health, especially after 50 when oil production of the skin and the integrity of the skin barrier both decrease. A bath, when done correctly, can deeply hydrate skin to prevent eczemas; in addition to washing germs off the skin. But, when bathing is done incorrectly, it can dry out the skin, leading to allergic skin reactions, eczema, and other skin infections that could be troublesome or even dangerous.

Improper bathing or showering methods start a cascade of outcomes that go something like this:

1. The skin dries out.

2. The barrier weakens because the skin is dry.

3. Eczema-like rashes that are itchy and irritating develop.

4. Allergens get into the skin, causing allergies.

5. Bacteria also get in, resulting to skin infections.

These turn of events all start with wrong bathing or showering routines. Regardless if you prefer baths or showers, how you do it is what’s important. Below are steps on how to clean yourself right and keep your skin safe and healthy:

1. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, if your skin is prone to dryness.

2. Always moisturize with a hydrating skin cream as soon as you get out of the bath or shower.

3. Choose hypoallergenic shower cleansers and body moisturizers to reduce allergen exposure.

4. Always wear sandals in the bath, or disinfect a bathroom that is used by other people. Someone who used it may have skin fungus infection, and you might end up getting infected.

5. Make sure that your shower sponges and razors dry out. Throw them away when you see that they look worn, as crannies and nooks can hold water, inviting bacteria to produce in it.

6. Damp bathroom and shower mats harbour germs. Bacteria, fungi, and yeast flourish in a dank, humid bathroom, and these may get onto your skin. If your bathroom and the things you use in it don’t dry out, you and your family are more likely to develop the following horrible infections:

a. Staph aureus infection – can cause skin infections like folliculitis and impetigo.

b. Candida yeast infections – can cause rashes, shaving folliculitis, and skin fold pimples.

c. Foot, groin, and nail fungus.

Why dermatologists recommend hypoallergenic cleansers, moisturizing creams and lotions, as well as skin care soaps?

Once allergens are in the skin, you can develop a lifetime allergy to them. Allergens include perfumes and preservatives in skin care products. Acquiring an allergy to everyday skin care product ingredients can be inconvenient. When a rash arises from dryness or allergy, your skin’s barrier is opened, making you prone to skin infections.

 

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