Healthline says that After a long day or a cold night, nothing feels better than a hot bath. But how hot can your skin get before it hurts?
Even though a hot shower might feel good right now, it's not good for your skin's health. Some of us look forward to taking long, hot showers first thing in the morning or last thing at night as part of our daily routines that help us get through the day. But as nice as they may feel, they may actually change the way your skin works over time.
First of all, it hurts the skin's cells.
The skin is made up of three different layers. The epidermis, the top layer of skin, can be hurt by a hot bath. A very hot shower can hurt the keratin cells that make up this layer of skin. Even though the epidermis is made of cells that keep moisture in the skin, heat can damage them and make the skin worse.
That it makes skin problems worse
Mildly hot water is fine, but water that is boiling is not. Acne can get worse and spread if you take a bath that is too hot. Dry skin happens when the skin barrier is broken and the epidermis doesn't have enough good lipids.
These lipids are important for the health of your skin. Dry skin can become a serious problem if it is often and for long periods of time exposed to hot water, which further removes the skin's protective layer.
Third, it dries out the skin.
When you wash your face, you should use warm water instead of hot water because it gets rid of skin oils better. Because of this, your skin's protective barrier has been broken, which lets water out. In addition to removing the protective oils from your hair, taking long, hot showers can hurt your skin's natural ability to act as a barrier and remove natural oils from the surface.
Warm water and soap gently break down the natural oily barriers that protect your skin. Some of this is useful, like when it helps get rid of things like dirt, sweat, or body odor. We want to keep as much of the skin's natural moisture in as possible to keep it from getting dry, irritated, and itchy.
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