Experts Are Advising People To Avoid Using Loofahs
Many people love to lather up with their loofah during a long, hot shower. People have been using loofahs for years without much thought, but recent research suggests that you might want to take a closer look at yours. As it turns out, loofahs carry a ton of bacteria, which can potentially even lead to diseases and skin infections.
Research has revealed that loofahs make the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. According to the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, loofahs can transmit potentially pathogenic species of bacterial flora to the skin that under the right circumstances may even cause an infection.
In simpler terms, you use a loofah to scrub away at dirt, sweat, and dead skin cells. All of these things become wedged in the fabric of the loofah. The warm, humid, and damp climate of your shower causes the bacteria to multiply extremely fast.
Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green explained, “You spread the bacteria that you washed off your body the last time. The loofah is spreading yesterday’s dirt back on your body.” In addition to this unpleasant idea, your loofah can also grow mold in addition to the other bacteria it produces. Can you say yuck?
Although it’s more hygienic to do away with your loofah altogether, if you absolutely feel the need to use one, experts recommend replacing it every three weeks. You should also dry the loofah outside of your washroom, where humidity is lower and air circulation is higher. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ll be using a loofah anytime soon!