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THE LIST — It isn’t just dry, flaky, or smelly skin you have to worry about. If you stop showering, your skin can actually get hard, which is a condition called “retention hyperkeratosis” and mimics a rash.
Dr. Bobby Buka, a board-certified dermatologist with offices throughout New York City, explained this condition is “also known as terra firma, which is Latin for ‘hard earth.’ All that means is that dead skin, dirt, and the body’s natural oils are compacted together forming a sticky, glue-like material on the outermost layer of the skin.” He explained that these unpleasant patches can show up on your neck, in the crook of your arm, or on the back of your knees, typically after about a week of not showering
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