The Huffington Post - Heidi Waldorf: "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. "The most likely route of infection is through the skin," said Heidi Waldorf, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "Infections can show up as folliculltis or as impetigo." Learn more