More and more people have stopped using soap and water to clean themselves


A growing number of people are no longer sudsing up, instead trusting bacteria to do its job.

Kelsey Seybold’s Dr. Steffanie Campbell argues not bathing is unhealthy.

"Just like allowing good bacteria to grow on your body, you're also going to allow bad bacteria to grow on your body," said Campbell.

She said we don't get to pick which bacteria—good or bad—lives on our bodies.

Campbell added we get rid of things by excrement, urine and sweating, so even if you're clean, but eat like crap--you're still going to smell bad.

Besides the social ramifications, Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Joseph Petrosino, director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research and professor and chair of molecular virology and microbiology, said not bathing probably isn't that detrimental.

"Rinsing off with water will, you know, make you clean enough, but you still will probably be susceptible to potential odor and other issues and if you're working with food or working in a healthcare environment, you're definitely going to want to wash with soap," said Petrosino.

He says the bacteria that grows on the body is important for natural health.

He says it is good to cut back on antibiotic soaps and over washing is also unnecessary.

There's a healthy balance, but every person is different.

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