Shower pouf is a quite popular product in the market. Those bouffant colorful tools are good to create a rich foam and they feel so nice on the skin, no it's no wonder they have so many fans!
However, there is a hidden disadvantage in using shower poufs that only a few people know about. Most dermatologists would not recommend using them at all considering they are fertile ground for bacteria to breed.
They can be harmful to your skin due to the netting structure: The nylon nets capture the dead skin cells that are a perfect food for bacteria. Moreover, it is almost impossible to do a thorough cleaning of the poufs unless you put a lot of effort into it.
You don’t want to spend a lot of your precious time disinfecting the poufs, do you?
As a result, the environment created by the combination of netting and dead skin cells serves as a good dwelling for bacteria, mold, and yeast.
If you scrub your skin with an infected pouf, you may cause harm to your skin, and this includes the risk of infection. Using the pouf on the skin after shaving, for instance, can be even more dangerous; a sensitive skin may have tiny cuts and scratches and, thus, more chances to be affected by bacteria.
Experts recommend have some tips on how to care for your shower sponge:
- give it a thorough rinse after each use;
- dry it thoroughly;
- change for a new one every three weeks.
Soak it in a solution consisting of equal parts of water and white vinegar once in every days to naturally disinfect and freshen the pouf without the use of harsh chemicals. If you use it on the infected or irritated skin, give the sponge a rinse after each use to avoid spreading of gems.
You may think of getting healthier alternatives, and if you are a fan of poufs in particular, there are some made of natural fibers which are resistant to mold and yeast.
Choosing natural, eco-friendly materials would minimize the risk of breeding fungus inside them.
For tender and sensitive skin, it is better to avoid using any scrubbing tools at all, but wash your body with your hands. If you still prefer to use sponges once in a while, remember to keep them dry and odorless, and swapping out your poufs as often as possible.