Chances are some of your earliest memories of bath time involved a loved one scrubbing you down with a colorful loofah. However, have you ever wondered if you should use a loofah? Although the exfoliation, scratchy feeling, and suds it produces may make you feel super clean when you get out of the shower, the product sits in a wet environment long after you’ve dried off, which means it can carry some pretty gross bacteria.
We consulted three dermatologists — Debra Jaliman, Marnie Nussbaum, and Dhaval Bhanusali, MD — to find out how they feel about using loofahs. Check out their expert advice, ahead.