Many people love to use a loofah to lather up and get clean in the shower. It leaves your skin feeling soft, and the colorful puffs come in all different colors. The puff conveniently hangs in your shower on a hook or your faucet, and are ready to use for your next shower.
They also boost circulation when you scrub your skin and slough off dead skin cells. But there is some bad news. According to dermatologists, 98 percent of them advise you to toss the shower puffs in the garbage straight away.
J. Matthew Knight from the Knight Dermatology Institute is one dermatologist who is against loofahs. According to Knight, after you use the puff to exfoliate your skin, those dead skin cells get trapped in the many layers of the puffs material.
Even worse, when you leave the loofah in the shower after you’ve used it, all the moisture that remains of the warm water after the show causes bacteria to fester within the poofy layers of the loofah, which leads to the growth of yeast and mold. What is even more disturbing is that the massive breeding ground grows within just a matter of hours.
If that wasn’t bad enough, using one of those poofy colorful puffs after you have shaved can cause all sorts of infections. This is because the bacteria can get into the nicks and lead to some skin problems that look and feel awful.
If you aren’t ready to part with your beloved loofah, scientists at least urge you to rinse it off excessively after you have used it and get all the dead skin off it. You should also take it away from the shower so it can dry properly. You should also be replacing the puff with a new one every couple months to make sure nothing is hiding inside it.
Another great way to tell if you need to replace your shower puff is simply by smelling it. If it smells off, it probably has some bacteria in it, and you definitely need to toss it out and buy a new one. So hopefully you are now well informed on the harm these shower loofahs can do to your skin.
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