After you clean your face, it's natural to want to dry off quickly. We get it. That's why it's easy and super-convenient to use the same towel to dry off your face that you use for the rest of your body. But according to experts, this is something you should never do.
"Your facial skin is delicate and sensitive, and none of the oils from your body or your hair should ever be transferred on your face," says dermatologist Amy Weschler, M.D.
This is especially true if you're prone to acne. But even if you're not, you can still be at risk for some serious skin issues.
"The bacteria left on your skin—arms, legs, shoulders—have some specificity to those areas of the body, and if you use a towel on your body and then your face, you can transfer that bacteria and viruses and fungi onto your complexion," Christopher Mason, Ph.D says.
That's why you should always be using a separate hand towel to dry off your face--a different one than the one you use to dry your hands after using the restroom.
Weschler recommends that you use one side of that hand towel for a few days on your face, and then flip it over for the next few days, repeating the same technique before it goes in the laundry.
For clearer and healthier skin, this is something we can ALL get behind!
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