About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Loofahs Have More Bacteria Than You Think

by Julia Samuel on September 23, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Font : A-A+

Loofahs Have More Bacteria Than You Think

Loofah, the netted bathing scrub that comes in an array of colours, sizes and levels of puffiness, contains bacteria grown from you skin cells.

Though, the benefits of exfoliation are frequently trumpted, an estimated 98 percent of dermatologists would warn you against using them.

Advertisement


It gets rid of our dead skin cells, allegedly helps boost circulation and, without wanting to sound too much like advert, is meant to reveal softer, smoother skin.

J. Matthew Knight, from the Knight Dermatology Institute, spoke to the New York Post and explained why these seemingly innocent shower accessories should be ditched for good.
Advertisement

By using them to exfoliate, dead skin cells nestle and get trapped in the copious amounts of netting. "Then," Knight explains, "you put them in this environment in the shower that's warm and moist and gross, and it's a setup for bacteria, yeast and mold to grow in the puff."

In particular, if you use these puffs after shaving, all that grossness can get into any nicks, which may lead to infections and bad skin.

However, if you're not prepared to ditch the puff then scientists suggest rinsing it off thoroughly after each wash and making sure it can dry off properly away from the dampness of a bathroom. Make sure you also replace it every three to four months, unless it smells a bit funky or has gone a bit mouldy. In which case, bin it immediately.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Diet and Oral Health: The Sugary Connection May Become Sour
World AIDS Day 2022 - Equalize!
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Shigellosis MRSA - The Super Bug Food Safety for Health Antibiotics 

Most Popular on Medindia

Post-Nasal Drip Selfie Addiction Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Daily Calorie Requirements Color Blindness Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Iron Intake Calculator Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Drug Side Effects Calculator
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Loofahs Have More Bacteria Than You Think Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests