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7 Tips for A More Rewarding Shower

By Megan Griffith

Reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Jaggi Rao,
MD, FRCPC Double board-certified dermatologist

Few things in life feel better than a good shower. But could your showers be making your acne worse? Follow these simple tips to shower smarter and improve your skin.

More Is Not Always Better

The idea that exfoliating regularly cleans your skin from dirt and oil is a common misconception. In fact, it is the complete opposite. Excessive scrubbing of the skin1 may lead to an increase of oils throughout the skin, resulting in counter-productivity. The best way to avoid this mishap is to gently massage the skin only several times per week. In addition to this, do not forget to restrict your use of excessively warm water – showering with hot water can result in further skin ailments, such as itchy or dry skin.

While taking a shower removes dirt and promotes relaxation, it can also damage your skin if you’re not doing it properly.

Check the Ingredients in Your Hair Products

It’s not just our skincare products that can affect our skin. When you rinse away your shampoo and conditioner, the run-off makes contact with your skin, meaning their ingredients could impact your skin. Many shampoos contain something called sodium lauryl sulfate (or its very similar cousin, sodium laureth sulfate). This is a surfactant meant to help strip the hair of excess grease, but it could have a negative impact on your acne. Both of these ingredients are comedogenic, meaning they are likely to clog pores, and they often irritate sensitive skin. Irritation and clogged pores are the last things you want if your skin is acne-prone, so before your next shower, check out the ingredients in your hair care products.

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Always remember to treat your body with patience. This rule particularly applies to hair removal. Razor burn can lead to infected hair follicles, known as folliculitis. While this isn’t technically acne, it is similar and many people want to avoid it just as much. The best way to reduce your chances of razor burn is to wait 15 minutes after entering the shower to remove hair. The gentle warmth of the water2 will result in the softening of the hair follicles, and will avoid discomfort afterward.

Patience Is A Virtue

When you are finally done and ready to start your day, still keep your skin in mind3. After exiting the shower, it is best to dab your skin dry rather than rubbing it so that you avoid that dreaded itchy skin and dryness.

Clean Linens, Clean Body

Striving for that beautifully glowing skin? The solution may be more simple than you think. Bacteria and plenty of other nuisances may be hindering your skin from achieving its maximum potential. The best way to ensure this is quite simple – change your bath linens regularly. Changing your linens after several days is a must. Your pores may become clogged due to the residual soap and oil build-up in the material.


  1. Evaluate before you exfoliate. American Academy of Dermatology (Website). Accessed 2019.
  2. Tanaka Y., Saitoh Y., Miwa N. Electrolytically generated hydrogen warm water cleanses the keratin-plug-clogged hair-pores and promotes the capillary blood-streams, more markedly than normal warm water does. Medical Gas Research. 2018:8(1):12–18.
  3. Mochizuki H., Muramatsu R., Tadaki H., Mizuno T., Arakawa H., Morikawa A. Effects of skin care with shower therapy on children with atopic dermatitis in elementary schools. Pediatric Dermatology. 2009;26(2):223-5.
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