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Erika Owen
May 10, 2017

Showering: it's part of your routine — whether it be daily, weekly, whatever — a time for thinking, ideation, running down your meeting schedule, singing your heart out. But what happens when you stop showering for an entire year? Allure spoke to a number of experts to get the (spoiler) disgusting low-down.

We all know the feeling: that moment when you realize, "Oh, it's time for a shower!" after catching a whiff of yourself or running your hand through less-than-silky hair. But imagine ignoring all of your body's tell-tale signals and just going about your day a little bit smellier than usual. It wouldn't be a fun experience, that's for sure.

There are a few effects you can expect when you're skipping the suds: dead skin build-up, rashes, fungus growth (double ew), vulnerability to infection, and lots of body odor.

"Aside from the body odor, there would be an overgrowth of yeast, and likely bacteria and fungus in the groin, underarms, buttocks, feet," says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler. Sounds like a fun state to ride the subway in during the dead of August, huh?

While reading all about what a lack of showering can do might send you straight to the bath with a bucket of soap, cleaning up too often can also be harmful. In an interview with Allure, New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner says: "Lathering up too often, as in, twice or more a day, can disrupt the skin barrier, which could lead to irritation and inflammation."

You can read more on what happens when you skip the shower for a full 365 days over at Allure. Do what you will with this information, bathers.

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