Showering at this temperature could have this impact on your body

Showering in hot water is known to relieve body tension and soothe muscle fatigue.

However, as it turns out, there are some cons to showering in hot water that might make you want to turn the taps on cold—or at least lukewarm.

Hot showers can have a detrimental impact on your skin, especially if you already suffer with skin issues—and according to Dr. Vikram Rajkomar, Consultant Dermatologist at Pall Mall Medical, the hotter the shower, the quicker the process takes place and the more moisture you’re likely to lose.

“Very hot showers can strip sebum, an oily waxy substance which moisturizes and protects the skin, leaving your skin unprotected from the elements,” explains Dr. Rajkomar.

“Hot water also causes damage to the keratinocytes in the epidermis which prevents the skin from locking in moisture. This can dehydrate your skin further.”

While hot showers definitely do feel relaxing after a long day or a particularly grueling workout, it turns out that going lukewarm may be better for the body in the long term.

Below, we spoke to a handful of medical professionals in our network to see exactly why taking a hot shower may actually be doing more harm than good.

It could worsen skin drying and irritation

According to Dr. Lina Velikova, MD, Ph.D., Medical Advisor at Supplements101, hot showers can irritate and dry out skin since it disrupts our skin’s outer layer, preventing it from holding the moisture, which is where keratin is.

“Those with skin problems might experience worsening of the symptoms since the hotter the water is, the dryer the skin becomes, and people with eczema, for instance, might experience skin cracking and an increase in dryness,” she explains.

It may increase blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure problems or suffer from cardiovascular diseases, you might want to steer clear from extremely hot showers since it can actually make these conditions worse, says Dr. Velikova.

This happens due to the heat forcing the mast cells (and the histamine within them) to release their contents—which will not only cause itchiness but also temporarily increase blood pressure.

It’s bad for fertility in men.

“Spermatozoids thrive in a cool environment, and daily hot showers might be damaging to male reproductive health,” explains Dr. Velikova.

“Studies have shown that men who regularly take hot showers have an increased risk of infertility!”

It damages hair follicles.

According to Dr. Velikova, hot water damages keratin cells, which dries up hair and leads to hair loss.

“To prevent this from happening to you, don’t wash your hair with hot water, and try not to wash your hair too often if you can avoid it.”

It could cause premature aging of the skin.

Hot showers cause inflammation in the skin and according to Celebrity Aesthetician Joshua Ross of SkinLab, the number one ager of skin is the sun and the second is inflammation.

“If you’re going to take a hot shower, keep it under five minutes and avoid putting your face under the hot water,” he explains.

“The same goes for a sauna, do not stay in longer than five minutes as inflammation can lead to premature aging of the skin!”