Don't wipe your face with a towel: what could be the problem
When it comes to a skincare, there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. This problem has become especially acute with the advent of social media, where users can share their life hacks. Some of them contradict common sense.
That's why The Sun turned to experts to find out the basic facial care tips that are suitable for everyone. Thus, aesthetician Fatima Gunduz said that you should never wipe your face with a towel and squeeze out skin imperfections.
Why a face towel is a bad idea
The textiles from which the towel is made are an excellent environment for the development of bacteria. Especially if it is wet.
One study showed that almost 90% of towels in bathrooms were contaminated with E. coli bacteria, and about 14% contained E. coli itself. Both microorganisms can cause disease and provoke inflammation on the skin.
The texture of the towel is also not good for the skin. It is too rough. "Vigorous rubbing with a towel can even cause microtears in the skin and long-term damage," the cosmetologist explained.
The absorbency of towels is another potential danger. Together with water, they can absorb too much sebum and dry out the skin's surface.
Gunduz called natural drying of the skin the best option. But at the same time, she said it is acceptable to blot it with a soft towel, facial tissues, or a microfiber cloth.
Why you shouldn't squeeze out skin imperfections
Sometimes it seems impossible to refrain from doing this, but cosmetologists say it is necessary for the sake of skin health. After all, such traumatization causes more harm than good.
For example, during the squeezing process, bacteria from hands or nails can get into the resulting cavity. This can lead to infection and inflammation. Squeezing the skin can also cause skin damage with subsequent scarring. "This can spread the infection to neighboring pores, leading to the development of more acne or a heavier rash," the beautician explained.
Instead of such a struggle with imperfections, she advised to follow a clear and delicate facial care regimen. In case of acne, it is necessary to use cosmetics with such ingredients as salicylic acid or benzene peroxide. They do not violate the barrier function of the skin and are effective. A qualified specialist can help you choose the best option.
However, if you want to speed up the process of pimple disappearance, Gunduz advised using special products for the treatment of blackheads and inflammation or any other product of similar effect. They won't hurt the skin and will quickly solve the problem.
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