Good Body Hygiene

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Where are dermatologically significant breeding grounds for bacteria? The integumentary system comprises a barrier of hair, skin, and nails to protect internal organs from bacteria and maintain proper body temperature. Its efficiency is not without persistent invaders. Germs, bacteria, and parasites launch an assault our barrier each day.

There is a chance of infection, any time the skin barrier is broken. But insidious invaders play the long game and work slowly to compromise the integumentary system. Some areas of our body require more diligent attention than others. Top to bottom, these include:

  1. Scalp
  2. Face
  3. Ears
  4. Armpits
  5. Fingernails
  6. Under Breasts
  7. Navel
  8. Perineum
  9. Toes
  10. Deep Folds

    This article briefly discusses why these are problem areas with suggestions for maintaining good hygiene in each of them. First understand that everyone has individual weaknesses and sensitivities to allergens. Something we come in contact with or consume can cause our skin to flare up. Learning what things cause irritation is key to maintaining a healthy barrier.

    How Often to Wash Scalp

    Washing your hair, if it’s long, is different from washing your scalp. Depending on your activities and skin condition, your scalp may perspire or flake. Washing too frequently dries it of oils. On average, every 2 to 3 days generally keeps your scalp in good condition.

    How Often to Wash Face

    Going out in public exposes your face to pollution and germs. You also perspire. Laying this head on a pillow transfers the germs and can cause skin breakouts. Most people only need to wash their face twice a day. Usually this is when after waking up in the morning and before going to bed at night. Avoid harsh detergents and moisturize afterwards. An occasional facial can unclog pores.

    How Often to Wash Ears

    Ear crevices catch wax, dirt, and dead skin. Use a warm, damp cloth on a daily basis to keep them clean. Make sure you clean the backs of your ears, which are known to accumulate an odor. For simplicity, most people include ear washing with their facial care routine.

    How Often to Wash Armpits

    Your underarms collect bacteria and exude an unpleasant odor. Hyperhidrosis is a condition describing excessive sweating. It can affect all areas of the body, including palms, scalp, and armpits. Unless you suffer from hyperhidrosis or have a vigorous workout, thorough cleaning of underarms once per day may be sufficient.

    How Often to Wash Fingernails

    Our versatile fingernails can be a shield against damage or can be a tool for peeling fruit. We can use them as screwdrivers if the screw is not too tight. But fingernails can also become spoons for bacteria that wedges beneath them.

    A quick handwash without cleaning nails can transfer bacteria to food. A fingernail scrub brush can remove debris twice per day or as needed. Also short, transparent, fingernails are easiest to keep clean.

    How Often to Wash Under Breasts

    Bigger is not always better. Larger breasts have more area beneath them to collect perspiration, odor, and redness. Cotton bras, deodorant, and bra liners help keep moisture at bay. Remove bras at bedtime. With these tips, you should be fine washing beneath boobs once per day.

    How Often to Wash Navel

    Some people have “innies” while others haver “outties.” One Victoria’s Secret model has virtually no navel. Belly buttons that have pockets can collect lint, dead skin, and bacteria. At least once a week, swabbing them with alcohol or soapy water on a rag can keep them in good condition.

    How Often to Wash Perineum

    This is the area between you genitals and your anus. It is subject to perspiration and residue from its norther and southern boundaries. Daily washing prevents parasite proliferation and excessive odor. Excessive malodor from the genitals may indicate a medical or dietary disorder.

    How Often to Wash Toes

    Toe jams might sound like a music list that makes you tap your feet. But it is actually the debris that accumulates beneath toenails. Feet perspire, especially when trapped within dark shoes for hours. Bacteria causing athletes foot can thrive between your toes. Keeping them clean and dry can require daily care.

    How Often to Wash Deep Folds

    It may not be an issue if you are a few pounds overweight. But as the weight continues to grow, you may develop extra folds in your skin that trap moisture and dirt. Add these to your list of daily problem areas for cleaning.

    Maintain good hygiene with regular cleaning of your body and home. Having a mental or written schedule will help keep you smelling fresh and feeling healthy. Did you know that not all bacteria is bad? Learn about probiotics for good health.

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