Do You Need To Wash You Legs When Taking A Shower?

May 13, 2019

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Social media is often used as a platform for a healthy debate on many issues, including one from last week where a twitter user asked people to participate in a poll on wither or not they washed their legs while taking a shower.  The results had some people scratching their legs in disbelief.  Of the 600,000+ answers, 20% responded that they did not physically washed their legs. For the most part those who say they don't wash their legs claim the soapy run-off water from your upper body does a perfectly good job of keeping their legs clean without requiring them to lean down and do it themselves. Others stating that legs which are prone to break-outs or skin conditions like acne might actually benefit from a lack of aggressive scrubbing. So are these twenty-percenters correct in their cleanliness? According to at least one dermatologist, The cleanser that drips down your body is enough to remove most of the dirt and sweat that accumulates during the day and unless your legs are visibly soiled, you don't actually need to wash them directly with a cleanser. The doctor went on to state that over-washing or over-scrubbing the legs, just like with any other part of the body, can strip the skin of essential oils, and lead to skin-barrier disruption and inflammation. However, a gentle lather and rinse isn't likely to do harm, so in this case all the answers to this leg-washing poll were correct!

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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