Is there a medical reason for bathing or taking a shower?

If you don’t mind stinking, no there isn’t a medical reason for bathing or taking a shower.

Your skin doesn’t care if it’s clean or dirty. In fact, excessive bathing can do some harm, —it can irritate the skin, and dry it out in older people.

Throughout history, there have been some people who have prided themselves on their ability to count their total number of baths on the fingers of one hand, and sometimes on no fingers at all.

However, you will smell bad.

While bacteria efficiently take the place of soap and water, eating the skin cells and sweat that you’d normally wash off, the substances they excrete are one of the major causes of people’s stinky smell.