What happens to your body when you stop showering


Dead skin cells create a “rich medium for putrid bacteria to grow”
dirty hands

Not showering is no bueno for your body. One of the most negatively impacted areas is the skin itself. If you don’t shower regularly, or only do so sparingly, you can expect your skin to react adversely and almost immediately. “The dead cells, sweat, and dust particles stick on to the skin,” Dr. Shyam Kalyan N, a general practitioner, told me. That’s a big deal, since this layer of undesirable gunk “forms a rich medium for putrid bacteria to grow and produce foul smell and slimy products.”

Sure, plenty of good bacteria use our bodies as hosts, but they are not always visible to the naked eye or nose. When you stop showering, these bacteria don’t remain out of sight, out of mind, and out of smell. Sounds pretty gross, right? That’s because it is. Dr. Kalyan was also quick to note that you will eventually develop skin and other health issues if you don’t make skin hygiene a priority.

You start to smell in unexpected places
bad smell woman closing nose

This shouldn’t come as any sort of shock. Once you stop showering, funky odors will start to build up due to natural and environmental factors. Those aforementioned dead skin cells and bacteria are building up in the various nooks and crannies of your body. If you engage in activities that produce sweat, the problem is compounded.

Dr. Tania Elliott, a internal medicine physician and allergist, told me, “The more you sweat, the worse it gets, because that creates moisture that bacteria and fungus need to thrive. The areas that are impacted most are under the breasts, arms, groin, and in between the toes. These areas are most prone to become infected with yeast and other fungi.” That leads to another byproduct that others around will undoubtedly notice. Elliott elaborated, “You will start to smell within a few days, due to the build up bacteria and fungus on your body.”


You may think that you have the perfect solution — pile on the deodorant, scented lotion, or use a metric ton of baby wipes, right? But those can only do so much. Those methods will only end up masking things. Or something totally counterproductive could happen — the smells can become more obvious when you try and cover them up. The last thing you want is to be known for having poor hygiene, right?