Huffington Post – Dr. Stafford Broumand: "What's Really Lurking On Your Loofah? Dermatologists Tell Us the Gross Truth"
Using a loofah (plus a richly lathered body wash and some aromatherapy candles) can make an at-home spa treatment feel like you're getting pampered at a posh spa.
Those spongy pouf balls also make for great exfoliators, especially around this time of the year when our skin is extra dry and flaky. But reaching for the same loofah when you take a warm shower or back could potentially do more harm than good to your skin. "Bacterium is attracted to moisture and loves to grow in the nook and crannies of a loofah," said Stafford Broumand, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "Some of the bacteria might be something like P. aeruginosa (which has been linked to drug-resistant infections)." Learn more