Do you have a shower puff you use in the shower? It feels good to scrub off all the grime from the day with one of those – but dermatologists are warning people to throw them out now! J. Matthew Knight owns the Knight Dermatology Institute and is urging people to toss out their puffs. According to Knight, the dead skin cells that are removed when you use the puff get stuck in all the layers of the puff’s material.
Then you put the puff back into the shower, and the moisture in the air after your shower can cause bacteria to grow and fester! And that all happens in just a matter of hours!
Now, you don’t want to rub bacteria all over your body – do you? What is worse is that if you use a puff after you shave, you could cause a skin infection in the nicks left by the razor.
To avoid these complications, rinse your puff excessively after each use and don’t let it dry in the shower. You should replace the puffs every couple of months.
If you ever get a bad smell coming from a puff – toss it ASAP! It is not worth the risk of getting sick. Instead of a puff, try using a loofah.
You can let those hang from the faucet because they don’t have the layers that trap bacteria. Or you can use the scrubbing gloves that come in a variety of colors.