Scientists Are Urging Any One Who Uses A Loofah To Throw It Out Or Prepare For The Worst

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I love the feeling of a shower puff against my skin. It exfoliates and makes me feel like a million bucks when I'm done scrubbing. A lot of people I know have been using shower puffs for years but now scientists are urging everyone who owns one to throw it away ASAP!!

J. Matthew Knight, from the Knight Dermatology Institute is a dermatologist and he is urging everyone to toss the puffs and he is explaining why. According to Knight, apparently, after you use the puff to exfoliate your skin, those dead skins skills get trapped in the multiple layers of the puff’s material. And here’s the final straw - when you leave that puff in the shower after you do your business, all the moisture that remains in the aftermath of the warm water, causes bacteria to fester within the puffy layers. Which then leads to the growth of yeast and mold. Yuck!

And this massive breeding ground grows within just a matter of hours. Doesn’t sound like something you want to rub all over your body now does it?

And on top of all of this, the use of one of those colorful puffs after you shave has the potential of causing infections. The bacteria can get into the nicks and lead to some bad looking and feeling skin.

Still not convinced to throw the puff in the trash?

Well, then scientists urge you to rinse the puff excessively to ensure all the dead skin is removed and take it away from the shower for a good drying session. And always be sure to replace the puff with a new one every couple of months. But keep your sniffer going, and if you get some whiffs of a bad scent toss the puff right away. It’s not worth the risk!

Now you may be asking the question “well what should I exfoliate with now!?” Simple solution: there are a variety of scrubbers out there that have positive benefits and will keep you free of infection. Try a loofah. This handy little tool may still be able to hang from the faucet, but it is free from all those bacteria-trapping layers so you won’t be at risk for infections. Or, there are always those colorful scrubbing gloves. You simply slide them on your hands, place a dollop of soap into your palm and scrub away. This allows you to get in those more hard-to-get places and it’s free of the layers.



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