Doctors warn that loofahs can make you sick

A nice, warm shower washes away all the dirt and bacteria from your body. Now squeaky clean, you then happily slip into some fresh clothes and go about your day feeling rejuvenated. While sprucing yourself up in the shower, you may decide to use a synthetic loofah or massage sponge to remove any dead skin and improve your blood flow.

However, using loofahs while bathing can actually have the complete opposite effect. Many people don't know that they can be a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and mildew. 

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The fact that the loofah is always slightly moist, as well as your bathroom in general, means bacteria can thrive. Once used, they never really fully dry out. Therefore, the germs contained within them may lead to you suffering from skin problems such as acne.

As well as causing sores, the bacteria found in contaminated loofahs can lead to conjunctivitis. Loofahs can also be quite coarse and damage your skin, which increases the likelihood of developing an infection. Furthermore, your skin can appear very dry after using a loofah. 

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That's why it may be better to wash yourself with a cloth, as you can simply put it in the washing machine after use. Good old fashioned soap is also one of the best ways to clean your body. 

If you can't live without your beloved loofah, follow this advice: 

  • Dry out your loofahs as best you can in fresh air after every use (not in the bathroom!). 
  • Replace your loofahs every month. 
  • Switch to natural loofahs made from luffa aegyptiaca. Though they also collect bacteria, it's easier to wash them away. 

 

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  • Never use the loofah on your face or around your nether regions. These areas are particularly susceptible to infections.
  • If you've shaved, don't use the loofah for a couple of days. Your skin is particularly sensitive after shaving and rubbing it with a loofah can lead to small cuts forming. This increases the likelihood of an infection. 
  • Don't use your loofah more than twice a week.

washcloth bathsponge and loofah

Of course, it's up to you whether you'll continue using your loofah. It's important to keep your loofahs clean and replace them regularly so that you don't get any nasty surprises after your next shower. 

This website is neither intended nor suitable to replace, complete or refute professional advice, examinations, treatments, diagnoses, etc. by doctors, pharmacists, psychotherapists, medical practitioners and / or any other medical professional.

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