You probably don’t need to shower

As we learn more about the relationship between the microbiome and our health, some scientists and journalists have begun weaning themselves from cosmetic products like soap and shampoo. In taking away the bad bacteria, we could be losing too much of the good.

In this episode of the final in a three-part miniseries on the microbiome—senior editor James Hamblin investigates the health of the microbes on our skin.