Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an Associate Dean for Research, Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, School of Nursing, Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York.Her contributions have changed the way healthcare is delivered by emphasizing the importance of infection prevention and hand hygiene for all health professionals.She has been editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995 and has published more than 250 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology and clinical research.Larson has also served as a consultant in infection control internationally, contributing to prevention and education efforts countries such as Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, and Egypt.A decade ago she authored a double-blind randomized clinical trial comparing households that used antibacterial products to those without them.She has served on 17 committees, councils, and boards, including the executive committee of the National Academy of Medicine Council, the Board on Health Sciences Policy, and the Report Review Committee, where she coordinated and reviewed numerous reports issued by the academy.
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My hair is healthier, my skin less dry; I even break out less often because I'm not exposed to tap water every day. Because so many people shower every day, it's assumed that those who don't are "dirty." (My boyfriend insists that his daily morning shower is "a Catholic thing." "People think they're showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that's not the case," Dr. Elaine Larson, an infectious disease expert and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing, told TIME.
According to multiple reports, excessive showering is actually doing damage to the skin and the body's ability to heal itself. "Soap and the hot water dissolve the lipids in the skin and scrubbing only hastens the process," experts say, via a report in PJ Media. The report added that scrubbing interrupts the body's natural oil production which promotes healing. "I think showering is mostly for aesthetic reasons," Dr. Elaine Larson of Columbia University's School of Nursing told Time. "People think they're showering for hygiene or to be cleaner, but bacteriologically, that's not the case."