Does Excessive Washing Increase Body Odor?

by Koko Hayashi

Yes, it does. You might think the more washing the better, but excessive washing can cause more body odor!

Here is why: There is staphylococcus epidermis, one of good bacterias, on your skin surface. This guy prevents growth of bad bacteria and protects your skin immunity. But by taking shower or bath tub, 70% of the bacteria is rinsed off. Moreover, excessive washing with soap rinses off as much as 95% of the good one. In this environment, bad bacteria, including staphylococcus aureus or fungus, increases to cause unpleasant body odor. (The good one comes back to normal amount in a few hours, if you are healthy.)

It is important to rinse off dirt, sweat, oxidized natural oils by taking shower, but just don't wash with soap too much! It's not the best to be squeaky clean.

5 areas you should wash with soap are:

  • Behind the ears
  • Behind the neck
  • Under arms
  • Groin Area
  • Feet

These areas tend to have oxidized natural oils to produce body odor.In other words, you don't have to wash other areas like legs, arms or stomach, with soap. It's perfectly fine to just rinse with water, beacause sweat is water-soluble. But, oxidized natural oils are water-INsoluble, which you need soap to rinse for.

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