Do childhood nightmares of being known as the "stinky kid" have you scrubbing your skin off every day? If so, you need to wash more wisely to help your rough skin. Watch your method and your frequency.
As enticing as a steaming hot shower might be, stick with a milder water temperature. And keep your time under the water's spray at less than 15 minutes.
Also rethink how many times you put soap to skin. Sensitive facial skin needs to be washed just once a day [source: American Academy of Dermatology]. Underarms and genital areas need soaping every day, but most folks can clean the other areas of their body just two to three times each week [source: FamilyDoctor.org].
When it comes to your hands, though, the best way to stop the spread of infections, such as influenza, is to wash your hands after you use the restroom -- every time. So wash away, but be sure to moisturize your hands afterward.