Sorry, But Washcloths Are Horrible For Your Skin
If you spend any amount of time reading beauty articles on the Internet, it won’t take long before you find out there’s something you’ve been doing all your life that actually really bad for you.
Today, I had one of those moments when I learned that using washcloths on your face are the skincare equivalent of licking a subway pole.
Kendall Jenner just posted a skincare video on her website, where she got her dermatologist, Dr. Christie Kidd, to outline some of the biggest mistakes she sees clients making all the time.
“I never want you washing your face with anything abrasive,” Dr. Kidd said. “Not a scrub, not a rotating brush, not a washcloth.” Dr. Kidd goes on to say the problem with washcloths isn’t just that they might be too abrasive for you skin — which can end up increasing acne inflammation — but because your washcloth is likely COVERED in bacteria.
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Think about it.
You don’t know what goes on in your bathroom when you’re not around.
Maybe your roommate uses it to dry her hands because it looks cleaner than the regular hand towel or maybe it accidentally fell on the ground and your cat took a nap on it.
And honestly, when’s the last time you washed your washcloth?
If the answer isn’t “I literally just took it out of the wash,” then it’s been too long.
Instead, Dr. Kidd suggests you should just wash your face “really well with your hands” using gentle cleansers, polishes and masks followed by non-comedogenic oil-control moisturizers, which is just a fancy way of saying they’re oil-free.
Or just throw them away or something.
Please don’t burn your house down.
Clear skin is not worth being homeless over.
[H/T Harper’s Bazaar]